Tottenham vs Man City: Line-ups
Both Sides To Fight Valiantly
Arguably the two highest-profile managers in football have faced off in Clasicos and Manchester derbies before, with Guardiola enjoying the better of their past meetings. Indeed, Mourinho’s 10 defeats to Guardiola-led teams are more than he has suffered against any other manager, while Guardiola himself has only beaten Manuel Pellegrini more often as an opposing boss.
If there is a concern for Spurs right now it may come in the fact that only two of their Premier League matches this season have been decided by more than one goal, and their last three have seen them only scrape past Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion.
Guardiola’s men have failed to score more than once in each of their last five Premier League games, having netted 16 times in their previous five before that. It should be noted that City have not completely dried up in front of goal – their tally of nine goals in three Champions League games is bettered by only two other clubs, for example – but their Premier League profligacy will be a growing concern.
Spurs will again look to Harry Kane for their main goal threat – he has been involved in 23 goals in just 14 games across all competitions this season, at least eight more than his closest Premier League rival, which happens to be teammate Son Heung-min.
Man City’s failure to score more than once in a Premier League game can surely not go on for much longer, and fans can expect them to come away from this match with a point.