Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City 15 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
Sunday, April 14th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.84
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (25)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W L L L
Average goals per match: 2.81
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (21)

That recent form line for Manchester City is not a misprint. Having not lost more than one game in a row - and only four in total all season - Pep Guardiola's men really have now lost three games in succession. That's as close as it gets to a crisis at the Etihad these days and they have another tough one here as they travel to Wembley to take on fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Winks and Danny Rose are the main absentees for Spurs who otherwise look close to full strength.

Two key absentees for City, with Sergio Agüero's knee still not quite right and Fernandinho suspended.

Tottenham didn't get off to the best of starts at home when losing to Chelsea in their first Wembley outing this season. They've been pretty good since though, going unbeaten in 14 since, winning 10 and drawing four.

Having won their first ten on the road, Man City's form has cooled off a little of late, and they arrive at this fixture on "just" a three game winning streak away in the Premier League.

Tottenham have one of the best defences in the Premier League, but City didn't have too much trouble in hitting four past them earlier in the season at the Etihad. City don't look entirely convincing at the back at present though and with Harry Kane hungry for goals can be expected to concede at least once. Score draw.


Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2 Manchester City

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots: 8 - 17
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 5 - 7
Possession: 48% - 52%

Referee Jon Moss was kept busy here, with a penalty award and seven bookings. Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies and Mousa Dembele the men to see yellow for Tottenham, with Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph doing likewise for City.

This was more like it from City who bossed the game from the off, showing a fine display of character on the back of their recent disappointments.

City almost went in front in the third minute. Leroy Sané showing excellent technique to fire a volley at goal from the edge of the area, only to see his effort come back off the post.

City did take the lead in the 22nd minute, and uncharacteristically for them it was the route one approach that got the job done. Vincent Kompany's long ball sending Gabriel Jesus racing through on goal to fire low past the outrushing Hugo lloris.

The second came just two minutes later. Lloris bringing down Raheem Sterling just inside the box - although replays suggest it may have been just outside - and the referee pointing to the spot. Ilkay Gundogan stepping up to finish expertly into the bottom corner.

Tottenham did get one back just before the break. Harry Kane playing in Christian Eriksen whose shot was blocked but ricocheted back of his own leg and into the bottom corner. 1-2 at half-time.

Raheem Sterling had a few chances to put this game to bed and in the 72nd minute he finally did. Lloris only able to parry a Gabriel Jesus effort to the feet of Sterling who couldn't miss from two yards. 1-3 final score.

City's lead at the top is back to 16 points and just one more win will guarantee the title now. Of course, if Manchester United slip up at any stage it will also be all over.

Spurs remain in fourth spot and seven points ahead of Chelsea in the race for the Champions League.

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