STAR PREVIEW: Man City v Spurs

How do you begin to describe that? 96 minutes of football at its most exciting that ended with Manchester City fans in shock, with dreams of a quadruple torn from them in a short instant. Debate will rage over whether Fernando Llorente’s goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed not to be a handball (at least in the referee’s opinion) by VAR 17 minutes from time, should have stood, but nobody will forget what was surely one of the games of the season.

Those who are hoping for the same again can get excited; The two now meet in a Premier League game which is just as crucial. Much of City’s season rests upon retaining their Premier League title now, and to do that it’s likely they’ll need to win both this game and the Manchester Derby too. Tottenham are in the semi-finals of the Champions League but they are ironically still in a battle between four teams to secure Champions League football next season, with just three points separating them in third to Manchester United in sixth.

So everything is on the line once again and we ought to see City and Spurs going for goal early given what’s at stake. This suits both teams, who have excellent individual defenders but are also better going forward as we saw on Tuesday. When looking at the game in an analytical light – and what a difficult task that is, after this week’s events – City can feel that luck was not on their side in going through.

Spurs opening two goals, brilliantly taken by Son, came directly from Aymeric Laporte errors. The City defender ended up putting the ball on a plate for Son’s first strike, which then managed to go under the feet of Ederson, who also dived the wrong way. Laporte’s second error, a huge touch that came into the path of Lucas Moura, set up a Spurs counter attack for their second, and Llorente’s winner, whilst a legal goal, came off his elbow and then hip at the near post.

However, Son’s finishes were outstanding, as was the support he received from Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen, and they will both relish the inevitable chances they’ll get on the break once again. Dele Alli can also play a key part as he did in the Champions League game, whilst Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose also had great success charging at Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy.

Kevin de Bryune and Bernardo Silva were outstanding in what became a free for all in midweek, and if they are on the same form again then the simply exceptional Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet once again.

Man City v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
12:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
APR 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham
APR 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham
SEP 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City
OCT 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City

The rough Expected Goals sum for Wednesday’s encounter was 2.3 to 0.8 in Manchester City’s favour, reflecting the fact that they did enough to win the game and, on another occasion perhaps, to get through. However, that is in the past, and whilst we might not see a repeat of the crazy scenes we saw in midweek, we could have an eventful time again.

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