Champions travel to Wembley

Last updated: October 26, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 20:00
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWLWW
Away Form: WWDWW
Last Meeting: Spurs 1 – 3 Man City
Competition: EPL

Monday night action sees Tottenham Hotspurs face champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. The two established teams have undergone a revolution over the past few decades. They have establish themselves among the best teams in England, prompting a change from the phrase “Big Four” to the new “Top Six.” Two attacking teams, this could be fun!

Spurs have had a serious injury crisis with about five of their starting eleven (Rose, Alli, Vertonghen, Alli, and Eriksen) side-lined for the past three weeks or so. The team’s depth and flexibility was put to the test and they reacted well winning four of their last five matches. Tottenham have four consecutive wins in the Premier League but have had to settle for 1-0 wins in their last two fixtures against West Ham and Cardiff City. The stand out player in the absence of their play maker Eriksen has been Erik Lamela, who has been phenomenal for Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine headed the winner against West Ham but the team had to defend the one goal lead for the whole of the second half. World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris’s performance in that match is worth a mention. He made a couple of incredible saves to deny the impressive abilities of West Ham, Arnautovic in particular catching the eye. In the game against Cardiff City, Spurs took the lead early through Eric Dier. Although they saw off the win easily, they could have easily been three or four up and made the game much easier for themselves, but they were poor taking chances.

Tottenham are playing full of confidence in the league at the moment but face an uphill battle to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. They drew 2-2 against PSV Eindhoven midweek with Hugo Lloris being sent off for a moment of madness in the 79th minute. The league is a different matter though. Pochettino, who is an attacking manager, will have noticed weaknesses in the City side. French outfit Lyon beat the champions and newly promoted side Wolves almost claimed an unlikely win against The Blues. City needed a controversial goal to salvage a draw in that match. Spurs have faced two top six opposition so far as they hammered Manchester United 3 – 0 at Old Trafford and lost 2 – 1 to Liverpool.

Manchester City are flying high on the top of the Premier League and once they get there it has always been hard to shake them down. They are unbeaten so far in the league, dropping points twice against Wolves and against their title rivals Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s team lost their first Champions League match against Lyon at home but they have picked themselves up from the slumber, winning two consecutive matches on the road to Hoffenheim 2 – 1 and Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 0. The reigning champions have made a statement of intent in their bid to retain their title, with eight wins and two draws. The stats show a team in title winning form, 9 games, 26 goals, 22 shots per game, 65.3% possession, with an astonishing pass completion rate of 89.6%.

In the game against Burnley the stage was set for an upset, with Joe Hart playing against his former club. Hart was in the headlines but unfortunately it was due to him picking the ball out of his net five times as they tore apart Burnley. It was harsh on the former England number one as he had a good game and made several good saves to prevent the game becoming a massacre. City are scoring with ease, already having won two games by a 5-0 score line. They have faced two top six opposition teams so far, beating Arsenal in the opening match 2 – 0 and a goalless draw at Anfield. Riyad Mahrez however missed a golden opportunity to win the match for City, missing a penalty in the dying minutes.

Team News

Tottenham are without Alli, Rose, Vertonghen, and Wanyama through injury with Eriksen expected to start after being out for about three weeks.

Spurs have a four match winning streak in the Premier League.

The Champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, with seven wins and two draws to sit on top of the table, level on points with Liverpool but with a greater goal difference.

De Bruyne is set to make his first Premier League start after been side-lined by injury for the better part of the season.

Expected Line-Ups:

Spurs (4-3-2-1): Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Lamella, Eriksen, Kane, Moura
Subs: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Llorente, Aurier, Rose, Wanyama, Son
Injured: Wanyama, Rose, Janssen, Vertonghen
Doubtful: Alli
Not available:
Manchester City (4-5-1): Ederson, Stones, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D.Silva, De Byrne, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Muric, Otamendi, G. Jesus, Diaz, B.Silva, Zinchenko, Sterling, Zinchenko
Injured: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala
Doubtful: Delph, Gundogan
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Spurs This Season Manchester City This Season
5th League Position 1st
7 (5) Wins (away) 7 (3)
3 – 0 v Man United Biggest Win 5 – 0 v Cardiff City
0 (0) Draws (away) 2 (2)
1 – 2 v Liverpool Biggest Defeat
Kane (5) Top Goal Scorer Aguero (6)
Y12, R0 Discipline Y10, R0
0 Failures to Score 1
44.4% Clean Sheets 66.7%
55.6% Both Teams to Score Games 33.3%
66.7% Over 2.5 Goals 55.6%
33.3% Under 2.5 Goals 44.4%
  • Tottenham have a long list of injuries that haven’t been a problem for the team’s results so far but their defence looks shaky especially in their previous match against West Ham.
  • The fixture features two of the contenders for top scorer this season, Aguero (6) and Kane (5).
  • It’s an even encounter in the last five matches, City winning the last two and Spurs also have two wins with one draw in the last five.
  • The point difference between the two teams is just two and with the teams fight to keep pace at the top, whoever loses this match falls far adrift of the front race.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/04/2018 EPL Spurs 1 – 3 Man City Jesus 22’
16/12/2017 EPL Man City 4 – 1 Spurs Guendogan 14’
21/01/2017 EPL Man City 2 – 2 Spurs Sane 49′
22/10/2016 EPL Spurs 2 – 0 Man City Kolarov (OG) 9’
14/02/2016 EPL Man City 1 – 2 Spurs Kane 53’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham’s last 3 games but they face a Manchester City that have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches. Tottenham’s attacking instincts may leave them exposed.

Tottenham’s injury woes have been managed so far but it does seem like wallpapering over cracks. The only team that failed to buy a player in the summer transfer window may be ruthlessly exposed by this rampant City team. We see goals, lots of them. Over 2.5 would be a safe bet. Get the best odds at 888sport.