Preview - Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur 18 August 19

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Match Day 2
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, August 18th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.50
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.61
Top Scorer (18/19): Sergio Agüero (21)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Harry Kane (17)

Comfortably the pick of the Match Day 2 fixtures in the Premier League comes at the Etihad Stadium as last season's Premier League Champions play host to Tottenham Hotspur.

These sides met four times last season, twice in the league and twice in the Champion's League. City came out on top by a 1-0 score-line in the two league fixtures and 4-3 here in the Champion's League. Having lost 1-0 in the away leg though, that result saw them eliminated on away goals.

Both sides began the Premier League season with a win as expected - City absolutely emphatic in smashing five without reply past West Ham at the London Stadium. Spurs meanwhile took a long time to get on top against Aston Villa at home, but from a statistical perspective were just about the most dominant side of the opening weekend.

Speaking of statistics, City's numbers at home are pretty impressive, with Pep Guardiola's men having won 19 of their last 20 in front of their own fans in the Premier League - only conceding more than once in one of those fixtures.

It was Spurs away form which played the biggest factor in their fall away in the second half of last season, with Mauricio Pochettino's men losing each of their last six on the road.

Tottenham are a good side, but City remain the best side in the country to our eyes and we don't see them coming unstuck in their first home game of the season.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  24 - 3
Shots on target: 13 - 2
Corner Kicks: 13 - 2
Possession: 65% - 35%

Just the one booking at the Etihad, with City goal scorer Raheem Sterling being the only player to have his name taken by referee Michael Oliver.

City players and fans must be pretty bewildered that the defending champions didn't manage to win this one. Utterly dominant in terms of general play - particularly in the first half when they could have been out of sight - they were miles clear on all the key stats, racking up an impressive 13 shots on target. Tottenham in contrast had just the two - but with both of those efforts resulting in goals, that's all they needed.

It was City who took a deserved lead in the 20th minute. Wonderful first time cross from Kevin De Bruyne from deep on the right to find Raheem Sterling arriving beyond the far post. Fine header from Sterling too, back across goal and in to the right-hand side.

Despite not having been in the game at all, Spurs then drew level just three minutes later. Erik Lamela picking the ball up in a central area, advancing towards goal and curling an effort past - a possibly unsighted - Ederson into the bottom left.

Ten minutes before the break City were back in front. Another wicked first-time delivery from De Bruyne on the right - this time low across the edge of the six-yard box. Poacher supreme Sergio Agüero getting across his marker to direct a near post effort into the bottom left. 2-1 at the break.

Spurs were a bit better in the second half, particularly after the introduction of Lucas Moura. Moura's first act in the game proved a crucial one - getting on the end of a 56th minute corner from the left to send an excellent seven yard near post header into the top right.

City then looked to have won it deep into stoppage time. Gabriel Jesus finishing really well into the bottom right when the ball broke his way following a corner. In stepped VAR though to rule out the effort for a handball in the build-up, amidst scenes eerily reminiscent of the Champion's League clash between these sides last season. 2-2 final score.

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