Premier League: Tottenham v Manchester City match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane
Friday 19 April 2013
Despite a 1-0 win over Wigan on Wednesday while United were drawing with West Ham, City look unlikely to catch up the 13 points that they trail their Manchester rivals by.
Much has been made of the way United appear to be celebrating before they have even touched the trophy, but City have pressures of their own, trying to play with the right amount of power their fans would expect in the tail end of the season. They need to finish strongly, but face a team on Saturday that have more realistic chances of achieving their goal of climbing into the top four.
A win against City would relieve some of Spurs’ own pressure, freeing them to focus on their showdown with Chelsea on May 8. However, to do so they may end up risking the fitness of Gareth Bale to get there.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 1.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Man City 2 (Aguero, Dzeko) Tottenham 1 (Caulker), Premier League, November 2012
Man City 3 (Nasri, Lescott, Balotelli) Tottenham 2 (Defoe, Bale), Premier League, January 2012
Tottenham 1 (Kaboul) Man City 5 (Dzeko 4, Aguero), Premier League, August 2011
On average, Sergio Aguero gets dispossessed more times (3) than Emmanuel Adebayor does (2.4) during a match.
This season Spurs have won 50 per cent of their home games, but 56 per cent of their away games.
City have only given away one penalty away from home this season, but have not scored a single spot-kick on the road themselves.
In their penalty shoot-out against Basel, Spurs scored one and missed two, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s successful spot-kick sandwiched by misses from Tom Huddlestone and Adebayor.
City failed to have a single shot on target against Wigan in the first half of their game on Wednesday. They followed that up with four shots on target in the second half.
Tottenham to win: 3.35
Man City to win: 2.34
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 1.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.
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