Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Manchester City vs Tottenham, 19/01/2023


A quick look at both teams’ recent form and we can only conclude that goals will be on the agenda on Thursday.

Man City have seen over 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 14 home games with Spurs, while every Premier League home game this season, bar the recent 1-1 draw with Everton has seen the overs land.

City have conceded at home in their last four games, including the 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Spurs for their part have a rearguard that has conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine games.

The chances of a shut-out from either side look low and both teams to score looks a good shout at a shade odds on.

For City they will be desperate to get back on track with three points after a run of strange results. Defeats to Brentford and Man Utd and Southampton in the EFL Cup have knocked Pep Guardiola’s men out of their stride.

Guardiola bemoaned City’s inability to get Erling Haaland on the ball in defeat at Old Trafford. City were hard done by with Bruno Fernandes’ controversial goal being awarded.

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City were not bad in defeat, but they will still look for an improvement against Spurs. Whether Pep will tinker with City’s style remains to be seen but going more quickly into Haaland may surprise Spurs.

They also lost a derby match at the weekend, but they were comprehensively defeated 2-0 by Arsenal.

Antonio Conte is feeling the heat after five league defeats in their last nine games, and all is not well in north London.

It would take even the staunchest fan to take the 7/1 about a Spurs win, but they did triumph 3-2 at The Etihad last season.

Conversely, getting stuck into the 1/3 on a City side who are stumbling also looks fraught with danger. Of course City look the most likely to win it, but going for goals looks the way.

Key Stats

  • Man City have seen over 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 14 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions
  • Tottenham have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine Premier League matches
  • Last season Tottenham Hotspur won both games against Man City
  • Manchester City have scored in all nine Premier League home matches this season
  • Tottenham Hotspur have scored in eight of their nine away Premier League matches this season

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