Tottenham could go Top of the Table with Victory Over City

Last updated: November 18, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWWLW
Away Form: DWWWD
Last Meeting: Tottenham 2 City 0
Competition: Premier League

After the international break, it’s great to get back to Premier League action. This weekend’s top game is the tasty looky clash between Tottenham and Manchester City. Tottenham sits second in the league, a point behind the leaders. City has a game in hand but, sit mid-table in tenth.

As Liverpool take on league leaders Leicester on Sunday, Tottenham has the opportunity to go top of the league with a win against Manchester City. On current form, they should do it. Alongside Southampton and Chelsea, they are the among the only teams that have not suffered defeat in their last six games.

Tottenham certainly has the players on form. Looking at the league form between the two teams, it’s Spurs players take the top three spots. Harry Kane is way ahead with an excellent match rating of 8.39. Not surprising as the England captain has seven goals in eight appearances, picking up five man-of-the-match awards along the way. The 27-year old has also become play-maker, his eight assists just as valuable as his goals.

Son Heung-Min has been the main beneficiary of Kane’s new role; the number seven has eight goals in eight starts. Serge Aurier has also been very impressive for the club; the versatile defender has played 180 minutes in the league, proving an assist and a goal in that time.

Manchester City fans will have enjoyed the international break for a change. Watching their winger, Ferran Torres score a sensational hat-trick, as Spain demolished Germany 6-0, would have made for great watching. Doubts over the fitness of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling mean these goals make the 21-year-old a possible starter. This season, the Spaniard has scored nine goals in 18 starts in all competitions.

Back in late September, Leicester City beat City at the Etihad, a Jamie Vardy hat-trick inflicting most of the damage in that shock defeat. Since then, City are unbeaten in nine games in all competition. Although domestically, it’s fair to say that it is results rather than performances that have mattered. Gabriel Jesus looks almost certain to start against Tottenham, the 23-year-old has only played 180 mins in the league this season but already has two goals, including one against Liverpool in their 1-1 draw. Kevin De Bruyne is the engine in the City midfield, in five starts this season the Belgium star has three assists and a goal.

Team News

Erik Lamela is doubtful for the clash with Matt Doherty ruled out due to coronavirus.

Spurs are among just three clubs who are unbeaten in the last six.

City have injury doubts over five players including Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick midweek in Spain’s stunning 6-0 win over Germany.

Expected Line-Ups:

Spurs (4-3-3): Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hoejberg, Sissoko, Bale, Ndombele, Son, Kane
Subs: Hart, Rodon, Aurier, Davies, Lo Celso, Moura, Vinicius
Injured: Lamela
Not available:
Man City (3-2-4-1): Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus
Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, B.Silva, Foden, Garcia
Injured: Mendy, Fernandinho, Aguero
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Tottenham This Season Manchester City This Season
2nd League Position 10th
5 (4) Wins (away) 3 (2)
6-1 v Manchester U Biggest Win 3-1 v Wolves
1 (1) Draws (away) 3 (0)
1-0 v Everton Biggest Defeat 5-2 v Leicester
Son (8) Top Goal Scorer Jesus (2)
Y8, R0 Discipline Y12, R0
0 Failures to Score 0
25% Clean Sheets 25%
62.5% Both Teams to Score Games 62.5%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 25%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 75%
  • In the last six games between the two, Tottenham has won two, one draw and three City wins.
  • Tottenham scored eight goals and received eleven yellow cards in those six games.
  • In City’s last five games, there has been under 2.5 goals scored.
  • City has also scored eight goals in the last six games between the two, collecting ten yellows.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/02/2020 EPL Spurs 2 – 0 City Bergwijn 63’
17/08/2019 EPL Spurs 2 – 2 City Sterling 20’
29/02/2004 EPL City 1 – 0 Spurs Foden 5′
03/11/2018 UCL City 4 – 3 Spurs Sterling 4’
22/12/2017 UCL Spurs 1 – 0 City Son 78’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

City has been a bit up and down lately, putting three goals past Porto and Marseille in the Champions League but struggling in the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Sheffield United and 1-1 draws with West Ham and Liverpool. They do, however, have an ace up their sleeve. This ace is in the shape of Ferran Torres who could make this a week to remember with a goal or two.

Tottenham have also been much more prolific in Europe than at home; they also hit three against LASK and Lugogorets. In the league, they had 1-0 victories over West Brom and Burnley and a 2-1 win at home to Brighton. Man-for-man though Tottenham has the more consistent players with Harry Kane leading the charts with seven goals and eight assists in eight games.

In any other recent season, this would undoubtedly be an easy pick, a City win. But, not this time! City doesn’t have that air of invincibility this season, and their goal difference of +1 after seven games underlines their fragility at the back. Spurs have conceded the same number of goals but have scored ten more goals. We think a bet builder of both teams to score yes and Tottenham to win @ 6/1 with bet365 is a good bet.