Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho again

Last updated: January 29, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: DLLDW
Away Form: WWWDW
Last Meeting: Man City 2 – 2 Spurs
Competition: EPL

A great rivalry between two of the best managers in the world that was brewed in the Spanish El Classico when Pep Guardiola was Barcelona’s manager and Jose Mourinho was Real Madrid’s manager. This battle now graces the Premier League, and we can expect episodes of heated confrontations on the touchline and a great display of tactical football on the pitch. The stage is set as Spurs host the Champions in Sunday’s spectacle.

Tottenham Hotspurs have set very high standards over the last five years that could prove to be near impossible to replicate. The greatest achievement for Spurs was reaching the finals of the Champions League after beating their weekend rivals in the semi-final. Lots has changed since then, Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino, and it’s been a roller-coaster ride highlighted by inconsistent results as the new man in charge tries restructuring the team.

The realistic goal for Spurs would be a top-four finish as they currently lay in 6th, level on points with Manchester United, 6 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 14 behind third-placed Leicester City. A poor run of one win in the last five games has seen them drift further, but despite this, they are still on course for a finale that determines who plays in Europe.

Spurs are a constant threat going forward with fast players such as Lucas Moura, Delle Alli, and Son on the front line and would provide a significant threat to City defence. They have their own defensive problems to worry about only managing just three clean sheets in 24 games which is the lowest number in the league. They came so close to sharing the spoils against Norwich City on the weekend before Son scored a late winner that came with a high degree of luck to it to win 2 – 1. Harry Kane has missed the last three with a hamstring injury, and their squad this week lost their playmaker Christian Eriksen who signed for Inter Milan for £16.9m. Tottenham was forced to cash-in on the Danish 27-year-old who only had six months left on his contract. Partially due to Eriksen’s departure, Spurs have made the loan move of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis permanent, paying £27.2m for the player who has only made four starts due to injury. The two sides shared the spoils in this fixture with the last time the team’s met, Spurs showing resilience in that game, coming from behind twice for the 2 -2 draw. Manchester City claimed the domestic treble last season, but realistically the Premier League is out of reach, with runaway leaders Liverpool an incredible 16 points ahead with a game in hand. City’s cup domination has made those less popular competitions such as the EFL Cup more desirable as there are so few chances for teams to lift silverware. Despite that treble, it is the Champions League that City crave and with an away trip to giants Real Madrid on 26th February, don’t be surprised if players are rested for league games in that period. It’s one that coincides with a clash with nearest challengers Leicester and a visit of Arsenal. Kun Aguero made history as City’s highest all-time scorers netting 180 goals in 257 appearances. He has already managed 21 goals in 23 including coming off the bench to net the winner in the 1 – 0 win against Sheffield United in their last PL match. The 31-year-old is the man to watch for City in front of goal in this one. Assists are likely to be provided by Kevin De Bruyne who has already made 15 this season, to put that figure in context, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the League’s second-best on ten. The Citizens have been on a good run losing just one game in the last ten matches in all competitions. Their defence has however struggled against teams that can counter-attack well. A great boast for the side will be the return of Aymeric Laporte who stands out as the most consistent and a solid defender for the champs. The defending Champions will be favourites in the weekend against tough opposition. City has won four of the last five games against Arsenal but rarely win easy and are likely to face more of the same. Spurs, as they showed by knocking out City in the Champions League last season, can shock City. Should be a great game.

Team News

Gedson Fernandes is the new acquisition for Spurs on a loan deal with PSV’s Steven Bergwijn in London for talks over a possible move. Christian Eriksen has departed to Inter Milan.

Spurs have managed just three Clean Sheets so far this seasons that’s the lowest number any team has managed alongside Norwich.

Man City is 16 points behind Liverpool who still have a game in hand against West Ham on Thursday meaning they could go 19 points adrift.

Aguero is the clubs leading goal scorer with 180 goals and is also their top goalscorer this season with 21 goals with 16 of them in the Premier League.

Expected Line-Ups:

Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Lo Celso, Winks, Lamella, Moura, Alli, Son
Subs: Gazzaniga, Sessegnon, Sanchez, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko
Injured: Rose, Davies, Kane
Doubtful: Ndombele
Not available:
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Byrne, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero
Subs: Bravo, G. Jesus, D.Silva, Cancelo, Foden, Mendy Stones, Angelino
Injured: Sane
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Spurs This Season Man City This Season
6th League Position 2nd
9 (2) Wins (away) 16 (8)
5 – 0 v Burnley Biggest Win 8 – 0 v Southampton
8 (5) Draws (away) 1 (1)
0 – 3 v Brighton Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 v Liverpool
Kane (11) Top Goal Scorer Aguero (16)
Y52, R3 Discipline Y44, R2
6 Failures to Score 1
12.5% Clean Sheets 33.3%
66.7% Both Teams to Score Games 62.5%
62.5% Over 2.5 Goals 83.3%
37.5% Under 2.5 Goals 16.7%
  • Tottenham and Man City have faced off 45 times, Spurs have won 23 times against the Citizens 15 wins. There have been seven draws between them.
  • Man City have failed to score just once, and they face the worst defensive line in the league that has managed just three clean sheets.
  • Spurs have won just once in the last five games with City and three times in ten.
  • The Citizens have an average of 2.92 chances created per match compared to Spur’s 1.42 and an average of 2.71 goals per match against Spur’s 1.58 goals per match.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/08/2019 EPL Man City 2 – 2 Spurs Sterling 20’
20/04/2019 EPL Man City 1 – 0 Spurs Foden 5′
17/04/2019 EUFA Man City 4 – 3 Spurs Sterling 4’
09/04/2019 UEFA Spurs 1 – 0 Man City Son 78′
29/10/2018 EPL Spurs 0 – 1 Man City Mahrez 6’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

On paper, this should be a high scoring affair, especially with the players on the pitch. We, however, suspect it will be a much tighter game than expected. Tottenham start games slowly as demonstrated by the fact that Tottenham’s most common scoreline at half-time is 0-1. Expect Jose to pack that defence to frustrate City. Spurs are likely to huff and puff but will miss the impact of Harry Kane and fall short. We expect a City win 1-2. Both Teams to Score in the match is priced @ 4/7, and Over 2 Goals for both teams combined is available at 4/9. These prices give a Bet-builder price of 4/5 at bet365.