Tottenham take on Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Wednesday in a game that see’s two of the most in form Premier League teams line up against eachother. City are flying at the moment with their goal difference climbing significantly every single game. Spurs look a new side under Tim Sherwood and as a result have caught up with the Merseyside double to provide hope to LilyWhite fans that the race for top four is not over.
The last time we played City, we came away from the Etihad shaking our heads in disbelief at the scoreline. Such a score should never happen again and with the new regime under Sherwood I can see a drastically different scoreline. The last time we entertained City at the Lane, we won 3-1 in a game that saw one of the best turn arounds of the season as we endured the seven minutes of magic to recover from the early City goal. Will this happen again? The stats suggest possibly not.
Manchester City have scored 17 goals in their last five league games against Tottenham. Tottenham have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 home games against Manchester City. In the reverse fixture back in November, Spurs fired in 13 shots to City’s 15, but lost 6-0. If the league had started after Tim Sherwood took charge at White Hart Lane, Manchester City would be top with 18 points and the Lilywhites would be second with 16.
Tottenham have only lost once in their last 10 league matches; 5-0 against Liverpool. They have won 25 points away from home, compared with just 18 at White Hart Lane. Spurs have conceded just one headed goal this season, fewer than any other team in the top flight. Emmanuel Adebayor’s five goals from seven games this season has matched his Premier League tally from 25 appearances last season.
City are unbeaten in 19 matches, scoring 64 goals in that period. Manchester City have scored with 21.2% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion rate in the Premier League. Edin Dzeko has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances and has five in five against Tottenham – more than he has scored against any other club. Yaya Toure has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games. Sergio Aguero has scored 13 and assisted four in his last 12 top-flight appearances. Aguero has 49 Premier League goals from 80 games. If he scores against Spurs, or against Chelsea on Monday, he’ll be the fifth fastest man to a half century, behind Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Fernando Torres.
Injury wise, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Paulinho and Sandro have returned to training and Spurs look a much stronger outfit having these players available. Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend however still miss out through injury. As for visiting City, they have a doubt over Alvaro Negredo, who is suffering with a shoulder complaint however Pellegrini has confirmed the player will travel. Should the Spaniard miss out, then Edin Dzeko is likely to partner the fit-again Sergio Aguero in attack.
Predicted team: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Dembélé, Paulinho, Lennon, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor. (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Score: Spurs 0-4 City