Tottenham v Manchester City
Saturday November 21, 17:30
Tottenham inside touching distance of the highest
Tottenham sit only one level off the highest of the Premier League desk after a powerful opening stanza in 2020/21. Spurs’ scrappy 1-0 success at West Brom earlier than the worldwide break – arriving through Harry Kane‘s strike two minutes from time – prolonged the facet’s unbeaten league streak to seven video games (W5-D2-L0) for the reason that opening weekend.
A recreation of few possibilities appeared destined to finish goalless after Hugo Lloris had stored out Darnell Furlong’s second-half header and a flurry of Tottenham possibilities had come and gone with out reward. But, as has been the case so usually previously, Kane punished a minor lack of focus to go dwelling the winner, incomes particular reward from Jose Mourinho.
Spurs’ summer season signings have afforded the Portuguese coach a gluttony of choices, a lot in order that there was no room within the squad at The Hawthorns for the likes of Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez and Steven Bergwijn. With Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela each match to characteristic, Mourinho’s solely confirmed absentee on Saturday is Matt Doherty.
Manchester City made to rue missed penalty
Manchester City‘s irritating first few months of 2020/21 had been epitomised by the Citizens’ high-quality 1-1 draw with defending champions Liverpool of their most up-to-date outing. Pep Guardiola‘s group stay marooned in mid-table and paid a heavy worth for Kevin de Bruyne‘s missed penalty that might have introduced City to inside touching distance of the highest.
The Citizens fell behind within the thirteenth minute from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker’s rash problem however levelled simply after the half-hour when Gabriel Jesus turned beautifully earlier than slotting dwelling. The hosts then wasted a golden likelihood to go forward earlier than half-time when De Bruyne rolled his penalty extensive after handball had been awarded following a VAR intervention.
Both sides pushed for the winner nevertheless it was City who grew stronger as the sport went on, Jesus sending a wonderful headed likelihood extensive to go away either side having to accept some extent. Post-match Guardiola rued the chance however his choices ought to be bolstered by the potential returns of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho right here.
Tottenham took 4 factors off Manchester City final season underneath Jose Mourinho’s watch however Spurs rode their luck alongside the way in which. Remarkably, Mourinho’s men scored 4 objectives from solely 5 collective makes an attempt that equated to only 0.41 Expected Goals (xG) whereas Man City managed solely two objectives regardless of producing an xG output of 6.47 within the conferences.
Tottenham 4.30100/30 have tabled solely 4 Premier League triumphs of their final 14 matches when welcoming Manchester City or Liverpool with Spurs’ closing costs solely greater than their present providing on three events.
Nevertheless, it is tough to disregard the latest revival at White Hart Lane, with Mourinho’s outfit additionally dominating the info.
Manchester City 1.865/6 haven’t been wherever close to their greatest up to now (W3-D3-L1) and final season the Citizens misplaced 5 of six journeys to top-seven finishers, scoring simply 4 objectives within the course of. Unlike earlier campaigns, Pep Guardiola’s troops should not main the way in which when it comes to underlying course of as their likelihood creation has decreased. City look too quick right here.
Mourinho’s men can frustrate Citizens
Tottenham and Manchester City have placed on quite a few watchable contests in latest seasons though it is stunning to be taught that solely two of the groups’ previous six conferences since 2018/19 have produced Over 2.5 Goals 1.695/7 revenue. And the dearth of leading edge displayed by the guests have led to a complete of solely eight objectives of their most up-to-date 5 league fixtures.
Spurs have showcased a variety of approaches already this marketing campaign however it will be a shock to see the hosts transfer away from Jose Mourinho’s most popular counter-attacking system in opposition to Man City. With that in thoughts, goalscoring alternatives is likely to be a bit of extra restricted and I’d subsequently be pleased to keep the hosts onside while opposing a excessive aim line.
Taking Tottenham Double Chance and Under 4.5 Goals within the Same Game Multi market pays 2.22 and that is an interesting worth, paying-out on the next appropriate scores: 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 and 2-1 and 3-1.