Tottenham vs Manchester City
Backing against Erling Haaland to have his fair share of attacking limelight is never a good idea. He’s breaking every record there is with 25 goals in his first 18 (yes, eighteen) Premier League appearances.
Anyone who says Man City are worse without him are just trying to bait people in.
His goal conversion is thanks hugely to the quality of chances created, positions he gets in, as well as the clinical left boot and head of the Nordic meat shield himself.
He’s been presented with an expected goals tally of 16.9 and converted 25 of them. Kevin de Bruyne has also managed 11 assists, and loves a big game.
So let’s get to Haaland’s shot accuracy. 51% of the Norwegian’s shots make it on target, with 2.09 on target p/90 from 4.07 shots in total.
This selection would have come in in 2 of City’s last 3 games, and the missing game was against league leaders Arsenal where he still notched 1 on target from 2 attempts
Given Hugo Lloris’ woeful form, he’s not going to be looking forward to another busy day.
Only Ryan Sessegnon (1.69) commits more fouls p/90 than Cristian Romero (1.63).
But the Argentinian centre back has been on a foul streak that’s continued int double digits. He’s racked up at least 1 foul in his last 10 games in a row for club and country. In 7 of those 10 he broke the two-foul barrier.
Premier League alone, Romero has committed 12 fouls in previous 5, including 4 against Arsenal.
He’ll really be tested by the likes of Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish, and even Phil Foden off the bench.
The way I see this going, Haaland will go about winding him up – he’s got something of a short temper, while Jack Grealish will consistently make runs inside. He averages 4.34 dribbles p/90 and draws 3.11 fouls in the same timespan.
If by the time Grealish is subbed off Romero hasn’t racked up the 2 fouls we need, the tricky and agile Phil Foden comes on who’s fouled another 1.38 times p/90 and attempts 2.50 dribbles. It’s going to be a long game.