Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Tottenham and Manchester City, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Tottenham hope to send a message loud and clear on their Premier League title credentials in Saturday evening’s clash with Manchester City in north London.
A brilliant run of form has put the hosts within a single point of leaders Liverpool in the standings, sparking talk of a first league title since 1961. City, on the other hand, sit five points behind in a distant 10th. It’s been an underwhelming campaign so far, but they’ve improved recently and can prove so in Tottenham.
Last season, however, the Citizens collected just a single point and lost the preceding fixture 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February.
Tottenham Form & Stats
Not a single defeat has been inflicted on Jose Mourinho’s men since an opening-day 1-0 loss to Everton. Beating City on Saturday would also make it four wins in a row – their first time since February 2016.
The only club to better Spurs’ tally of 24 league wins against City, meanwhile, is Chelsea on 26. The Lilywhites do seem to fare well at home to the six-time champions, and won their last two showdowns in the Premier League and Champions League.
The upcoming game, though, could be Spurs’ toughest of the season yet. A positive start is a must, but can they control possession as they’ve done in most of their matches? Or will Mourinho opt for a conservative approach? This a big chance to show everyone what they’re capable of and to keep the momentum going.
Key Team Stats
- Won five of their last seven league games.
- Won their last three league games by one-goal margins.
- Under 2.5 goals in their last three home games against Manchester City in all competitions.
- Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last five league games.
Manchester City Form & Stats
Just when the Pep Guardiola revolution appeared to be near its end, the Catalan signed a new long-term contract. Declining performances, along with a lack of intensity, sparked doubts over his future. But he has signed on, and the news is a tremendous boost for Manchester City.
It’s been underwhelming season by the club’s usual high standards. Things are improving, though. Especially in defense, with City keeping three clean sheets in their last four games across all competitions.
Although the Citizens are yet to hit their stride in attack this season, having failed to score over one goal in their last five league games. In five of their last six away league games, however, they’ve taken a first-half lead.
Gabriel Jesus’ return, meanwhile, is a welcome boost for Guardiola’s men. The Brazilian striker scored the equalizer in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool last time out to continue his prolific run of form.
Key Team Stats
- Won two of their last six league games (D3 L1).
- Won five of their last 10 away league games (D2 L3).
- Pep Guardiola has lost just six of his 23 games against Jose Mourinho in all competitions (W11 D6).
- Gabriel Jesus has scored six goals in his last seven league games.
Tottenham: Matt Doherty (out); Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela, Japhet Tanganga, & Tanguy Ndombele (doubts).
Manchester City: Nathan Ake & Fernandinho (out); Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy, & Raheem Sterling (doubts).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Recent Games
Below are some head-to-head stats on each teams recent form in the Premier League.