STAR PREVIEW: Tottenham v Man City

It seems a matter of time until Manchester City’s reign as Premier League champions comes to an end but Pep Guardiola’s men are pretty clearly the second best team in the league and they can begin the work of wrapping up second place with victory at Tottenham this afternoon.

Liverpool’s victories at West Ham and Southampton mean they now have a 22-point lead over City – a sentence that sounds almost unbelievable when one writes it – and there’ll be only 13 games left after this afternoon’s fixture. However, Guardiola’s side are still in the hunt for plenty of trophies and made it through to the EFL Cup final despite a 1-0 defeat against rivals Manchester United on Wednesday.

City fans wouldn’t have expected such a nervy ending after being so dominant at Old Trafford in the first leg but by any count they should have won the second leg, only to experience what has been another undeserved result in a frustrating season. City won the shot count 13-6, the corner count 8-0 and also had two goals disallowed whilst Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez were brilliantly denied by David de Gea.

It was another game City really would have won on any other day this season and they face at Tottenham side which has stalled in recent weeks. When Jose Mourinho arrived the initial problem was an inability to keep a clean sheet, and now Spurs are struggling in front of goal – in four Premier League games in 2020 they’ve failed to score in three, with the exception being bottom of the table Norwich.

Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham
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

The long term absence of Harry Kane was always going to provide a blow, but Son Heung-Min hasn’t filled the void with goals in the same way that he did last season and a huge amount of Spurs’ season is set to rely on Son and Dele Alli’s attacking performances on recent evidence.

The two of them are capable and Spurs can get better if Giovanni Lo Celso continues his progress since making his loan permanent, but they face a Manchester City side that’s second in the Premier League away table behind only Liverpool despite some of their struggles this season and like Chelsea and Liverpool before them, City can take all three points from North London this afternoon. Both teams have scored in six of the last nine league meetings between Tottenham and Manchester City, whilst City have kept just three clean sheets in their last 20 games, so a creative dutch of correct scores is possibly the best way to go here.

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