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Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur clash in Super Sunday’s late afternoon kick-off in what should be a hugely entertaining affair towards the top of the Premier League table.
Man City lost their spot on top of the division following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with fellow challengers Liverpool but their form has otherwise been excellent, winning six and drawing two of their last eight in all competitions as they look for an unprecedented fourth Premier League title in a row.
Spurs looked primed to be part of the chasing pack but the loss of key players has derailed them somewhat, the injuries and suspensions accrued in the 4-1 loss against Chelsea has hurt them in defeats against West Midlands pair Wolves and Aston Villa.
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MAN CITY VS tottenham PREDICTED LINEUPS
City short on options
Pep Guardiola’s preference for having a small but versatile squad has caught up with them a touch, with Kevin De Bruyne, Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes’ absences leaving him short on midfielders. Bernardo Silva is likely to return to the centre in place of Rico Lewis. Otherwise, the debate is whether John Stones is able to return to the XI after injury issues – Manuel Akanji hasn’t been quite as comfortable stepping into midfield.
Spurs remain without key players
Ange Postecoglou will again have to select a makeshift team given the lack of options at his disposal. He’s without key first-teamers such as Cristian Romero, Micky Van de Ven and James Maddison due to injury while back-up options Richarlison and Manor Solomon are also missing. Even the returning Rodrigo Bentacur had to be withdrawn last time out while Emerson Royal started at centre-back.
MAN CITY VS tottenham TEAM STATS
City gliding through the gears
There’s a point every season when City stop messing around and step up a gear. It may have come early this year. Liverpool have been the only side to stop City scoring three or more goals in their last seven matches across all competitions, with them having 14 or more shots in each of those outings. Their domination shows with corners – they have had five or more in six of their last seven.
Spurs hope Villa was a return to form
Spurs may have lost against Villa but it was their best display for a while, creating over two xG, and being unfortunate that goals were disallowed while having 18 shots and seven on target – they managed 15 or more shots in each of their first nine league games. They are showing vulnerability defensively, however, conceding 10 or more shots in 12 of their 13 league games and four or more shots on target in nine.
Man City VS tottenham SHOTS AND SHOTS ON TARGET stats
Foden enjoying himself of late
Phil Foden looks to have finally made himself a first-team regular at Man City and he’s enjoying the freedom of his role at present, managing two or more shots in his last four Premier League appearances and having a shot on target in each – he can be backed at 1.25 to complete the former and 1.50 for the latter. Of course, Erling Haaland is the big target and he’s 1.44 to have two or more shots on target, something he managed in his last seven 46+ minute appearances for City.
Value in surprise Spurs shooters
Man City don’t give up many opportunities, so it’s understandable as to why the odds are high. However, Pedro Porro is 1.53 to have a single shot on Sunday, something the forward-thinking right-back has managed in 10 of his 12 Premier League starts. Yves Bissouma is an even higher price at 1.83 to do the same despite managing an effort in 9 of his 11 starts. Spurs aren’t likely to dominate but Postecoglou doesn’t change his approach for anybody – there could be value in those selections.
Man City VS Tottenham GOALS AND ASSISTS stats
Haaland is inevitable
Erling Haaland looks like he’s had his dip in form this season. He failed to score in three matches. Since then, he has scored 11 goals in eight matches, bagging braces on four occasions and only failing to score in a first-half cameo against Bournemouth before he was withdrawn with the game already sown up. He’s scored in the other seven games he has played in the last month and a half and is 1.50 to make it 15 goals for the season.
Son looking to continue his fine form
Out of Harry Kane’s shadow, Son Heung-Min is leading Spurs’ attack superbly, further evidencing that his finishing is genuinely amongst the best in world football – the stats prove as much. The South Korean looked to have suffered with the loss of James Maddison but that was short-lived with two shots and one on target against Villa. He’s still Spurs’ most likely goalscorer having scored eight in 13 matches and you can back him in your bet builder at 4.2 to score anytime.
Man City CARDS AND FOULS stats
Walker starting to slow down?
Kyle Walker has long been one of the best full-backs in the Premier League but his struggles against Raheem Sterling recently along with his recent record of fouling opponents suggest we could be seeing the first signs of decline – he has committed a foul in 9 of his 13 Premier League starts this term. Elsewhere, City’s midfield tend to do the dirty work with Rodri and Julian Alvarez both committing over a foul per 90 minutes.
That sounds like what Yves Bissouma would like, his technical prowess and willing to take people on leads to him being fouled over twice per 90 minutes – he has been fouled in 10 of his 11 starts and twice or more in 6 of those. As for Walker, Brennan Johnson is likely to be his direct competition and the Wales international has already been fouled well over once per 90.
Tottenham CARDS AND FOULS Stats
Udogie and Porro in trouble
Destiny Udogie is enjoyably raw and Postecoglou is all about focusing on the positives. Still, his tenacity will help him little against a City side whose wingers consistently get at their full-backs and the Italy international has already been booked in big games against Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea as well as committing two or more fouls in seven of his 11 starts. It’s not much better for Porro on the other flank – he has committed a foul in his last six starts and two or more in three of those.
Why is it such a problem? City’s most fouled players this season are Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku and Phil Foden. City’s game is all about dominating the ball and feeding the magicians and those magicians cause havoc. Grealish has been fouled almost three times per 90, drawing two or more fouls in his last five appearances for club and country. Doku has been fouled twice or more in six of his eight Premier League starts. Foden has been fouled in all 12 meaningful league appearances and twice or more in five of his last seven.
Man City VS Tottenham BET BUILDER TIPS AND PICKS OF THE PACK
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Man City vs Tottenham
Man City have won 9 of their 13 league matches and 5 of 6 at home.
Spurs have lost their last three and remain without key players.
Haaland has scored 14 Premier League goals in 13 appearances.
Haaland has scored in 7 of his last 8 matches in all competitions.
Spurs have conceded 4 or more shots on target in 9 of 13 matches.
Foden has managed 2 or more shots in his last 4 Premier League appearances.
Spurs have conceded 10 or more shots in 12 of 13 league games.
Porro has committed a foul in his last 6 appearances.
He will be up against either Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku or Phil Foden, who have been fouled between 1.9 and 3 times per 90.
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