Jose Mourinho‘s led Tottenham Hotspur side who were tipped as title contenders at some point during the season are going to face the current Premier League leaders and potential top choice contender this season, Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides had a contrasting turn of events over the midweek in the Emirates FA Cup where City won and broke a record for the most wins by a top-flight English club while Tottenham were beaten 5-4 by Everton in a match that saw the most amount of goals scored in a match by two Premier League sides in the club competition.
On Saturday, both sides would put all that behind them and would look to secure maximum points in a mouthwatering clash at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s inspirational defender Ruben Dias and midfielder Rodri are both expected to be fit for the clash at the Etihad on Saturday.
Dias didn’t feature in the midweek FA Cup win at Swansea through illness, while Rodri limped off late in the game but both have recovered well.
Sergio Aguero continues to build up his fitness in training after a spell out with Covid-19 but may not return this weekend.
Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake, and Fernandinho remain on the sidelines.
Tottenham will also be without Sergio Reguilon who is suffering from a muscle injury as well as Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring).
Harry Kane, the skipper of the side, is expected to return to the starting XI after his substitute appearance at Everton in midweek, while Gareth Bale will need to be assessed.
The Walsh forward sat out the FA Cup defeat after “not feeling comfortable” but scans showed no injury, while Serge Aurier (calf) is likely to be part of the travelling squad.
Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Manchester City have won seven of their last 10 Premier League home matches with Tottenham (D2 L1), though drew 2-2 with them last season at the Etihad.
- Since José Mourinho took over, Spurs have won both of their Premier League meetings with Man City, though both were in matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February and November 2020.
- Tottenham are looking to win away against both Manchester clubs in a single top-flight season for the first time since 1959-60, following their 6-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this term. The last side to do so in the Premier League was Liverpool in 2008-09, while the last London side to achieve it was Arsenal in 1990-91.
- Since losing 0-2 against Spurs in November, Manchester City have remained unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League matches (W12 D2) and have won the last 10 in a row. The Citizens have shipped just three goals in those 14 games (0.2 per game), having conceded 11 in their first eight this season (1.4 per game).
- Spurs have won just one of their last six Premier League away games (D3 L2), having won four in a row before that. However, they’ve not lost consecutive away league games since a run of three in October 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino.
- Tottenham haven’t won an away league game against the team starting the day top of the table since their first such match in the Premier League back in November 1992 (2-0 at Blackburn), with Spurs drawing three and losing 21 times since.
- After winning just three of his first 17 matches against Pep Guardiola in all competitions, Spurs boss José Mourinho has won four of his last seven (D1 L2). Mourinho is looking to become the first manager to win three away games against Guardiola in all competitions, having won with Real Madrid in 2012 and Man Utd in 2018.
- Son Heung-min has scored six goals in his last eight appearances against Man City for Spurs in all competitions – since Pep Guardiola took over at Man City, only Jamie Vardy (9) has scored more goals against City than Son.
- Man City midfielder ?lkay Gündo?an is the highest scorer in the Premier League so far in 2021 with seven goals in eight games. The German’s previous seven goals in the competition came over a period of 62 games, dating back to 2018.
- Phil Foden has scored 11 goals and provided six assists in the Premier League for Man City – only Gabriel Jesus (23 – 16 goals, 7 assists) has been involved in more Premier League goals for the club before turning 21.
- Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored the opening goal in more different Premier League games than any other player this season (6). Spurs have won four and drawn two of those six games.
All road leads to a City victory in this one as they are enjoying the best run of form by any side in the top 5 leagues in Europe.
Tottenham, on the other hand, has found it very difficult against the top sides recently although they won the reverse fixture earlier in the season by 2-0.
Verdict: Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur