Match Preview: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

This is the 40th time these two have met in the Premier League, Spurs lead the head to head with 23 wins. Spurs are looking for their fourth consecutive win against City, which they last did back in 2010. Their meeting in October was a 2-0-win ending City’s 100% start to the league season, two goals in the 1st half from an own goal by Aleksandar Kolarov and Dele Alli were enough to secure the 3 points. Currently City lie in 5th position in the table 3 points behind Spurs who are in 2nd and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. In the last five games City have three wins and two defeats, in contrast to Spurs who are in excellent form wining their last six games. Spurs have never won seven consecutively in the Premier League. 

Manchester City like to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and like to dominate possession, in their recent 4-0 defeat to Everton their still managed to have 70.8% possession. Their like to use short passes and attempt many through passes. They also try to play using the offside trap, which is recent weeks has been their weakness as teams have been exposing their defender’s inability to play it correctly. They also struggle to defend counter attacks and this is often how they concede goals. City have kept just four clean sheets this season and conceded 26 goals, comparing that to Spurs who have 9 clean sheets and conceded just 14 goals. Spurs have been using the 3-4-2-1 formation in recent weeks and seems to really suit the personnel. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have flourished as wing backs and the formation allows Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to both have a positive effect on the attacking play. Victor Wanyama will be important for this game as he will be shielding the back three and picking up players like David Silva who like to find space in-between midfield and attack.   

Spurs last game was a comprehensive 4-0 win over West Brom, Harry Kane was the star of the show scoring a hat-trick. He has now scored 13 goals in the league one behind top scorer Diego Costa despite missing 7 games through injury. Christian Eriksen has scored on both his visits to the Etihad including the winner in the game last season. Kyle Walker leads the league in assists for defenders with five. Kevin De Bruyne leads the whole league in assists with 9 and Eriksen is in 2nd with 8, no other City player makes the top 10. Victor Wanyama is 8th in the league in tackles with 54 and Walker is 10th and Rose is 20th, no City player appears in the top 20. Spurs must make a change in their defence as Jan Vertonghen sustained a serious ankle injury, he is facing a lengthy time on the side-line. Pochettino has the choice of three defenders to cover Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer could be 1st choice as he deputised for him successfully last season.

How the teams may line up:

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