Manchester City vs Tottenham. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more


Manchester City will host Tottenham Hotspur in the 26th round of the English Premier League. The match will take place on February 19, beginning at 23:00 IST.

Josep Guardiola’s team are moving steadily toward another title – the next milestone is a match against Tottenham, which have recently had difficulties in trying to cling to the top 4 spot. A victory would be a solid step towards the trophy, but, however, Spurs have proven that they can beat Man City many times before, so nothing is yet certain for the Citizens. 

Let’s try to understand the current balance of power and chances.

Manchester City News & Current Form:

Manchester City started the new season with a loss to Leicester in the Super Cup, and then also had a bad start in the Premier League, where in the first round they suffered a fiasco in the game against today’s opponent.

After that, the team regained their strength – now, Pep Guardiola’s charges are confidently marching down the EPL standings, where in 25 rounds they have recorded 20 wins and three peaceful outcomes, which have brought 63 points to their account. That’s nine more than the nearest pursuer – Liverpool.

In the last two rounds, the Citizens defeated Brentford (2-0) and Norwich (4-0). It should also be noted the two successful tours in the FA Cup, where the team calmly defeated Fulham and Swindon Town, with the same score of 4-1.

The Sky Blues had a confident start in the group stage of the Champions League, which brought the first place in the group and a ticket to the playoffs. On February 15, Man City played their first match of the last 16, in which they left no chance to Sporting (5:0).

Mendy, Palmer, Gabriel Jesus, Grealish and Steffen will not be available today.

Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:

Tottenham is still in search of a game with the new coach, who came in the middle of the season – the team can not realize its serious attacking potential, despite the excellent quality players. 

It was both unsuccessful for Spurs in the group round of the Conference League, where the Spurs failed to reach the playoffs, and the League Cup, where the team made it to the semifinals, but could not survive in a duel with Chelsea

In the Premier League campaign, Antonio Conte’s charges after 22 rounds have recorded 11 wins and three peaceful outcomes with 8 loses, which correspond to 36 points and only eighth position in the standings.

The weakest part of the team is the attacking line, which differed only 28 times. In the last three rounds, the purple and whites suffered a fiasco – with Chelsea (0-2), Southampton (2-3) and Wolverhampton (0-2).

Tanganga and Skipp will not be able to play today.

Manchester City season form guide (all competitions): W-D-W-W-W-W

Tottenham Hotspur season form guide (all competitions): L-W-L-W-L-L

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Head-To-Head Record:

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Predicted XI:

Manchester City’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling. 

Tottenham’s predicted starting line-up (3-5-2): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Rodrigo Bentancur, Sergio Reguilon; Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.

Statistical preview of the match Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur:

  • Man City have won 14 of their last 15 league games
  • Manchester City have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League home games against Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won three of their last four matches against Manchester City and have show improvement against the Cityzens in recent months.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have lost three consecutive Premier League matches in recent weeks and have conceded seven goals in the process.
  • At the Etihad, the opponents have a habit of playing fruitfully. The teams scored at least three goals in 9 out of the last 10 face-offs at Etihad in the EPL.
  • There were at least three goals scored in three of the last five games for Tottenham.

What has been said before the match:

Antonio Conte:

“For sure it will be a tough game for us but, at the same time, we want to try to play and we want to try to use this game also to have a step for improvement. In this game you understand also the distance, the gap that you have with the other, but you want to play without fear, also because I repeat we are in a moment that we have to go through this situation if we want to have another step and the game against City we know it could be very tough.”

said the Italian at his press conference.

“We know that probably they will have the possession of seventy, seventy-five minutes during the game, but we want to try to change something and also to show that we can fight.”

“I think that we are talking about the best coach in the world because he shows it in many teams, many different situations, that it is good to build something important and if the club supports him because when you stay in Barcelona and Bayern Munich and then Manchester City, these clubs wanted to invest in him and he repaid this trust,”

he praised Guardiola.

“I repeat when you see a team of Pep Guardiola you can see an idea of football and you understand that there is a lot of work into the team and this work is his idea and for this reason it’s for me in this moment is the best coach in the world.

“Manchester City in my opinion is the favourite to win the league this season and also is one of the favourites for the Champions League because we are talking about a team who are very very strong in every aspect – the squad and I don’t see weakness in this team.”

Pep Guardiola was told that his Saturday night vis-a-vis called him the best coach in the world:

“Thank you so much, I am not. I appreciate it, thank you so much but I am not.”

“I would say I don’t have words. I learn a lot watching his teams, the movement. If the club rely on him 100% and his ideas, he knows. All the success managers is because they are invested behind. He showed in Juventus and changed many things since he arrived, at Milano, at Chelsea. If they club rely on him 100% they will have success.”

The Spaniard exchanged compliments.

“He arrived and his impact was clear, many teams started to play five at the back before always four. He arrive and world football copy and paste it. The manager of the team who won, everyone wants to play in that way. He changed it for many teams. He won the league fantastically well, he passed to play his system, 5-4-1 or 5-3-2, after in the second season I’m not involved but he made his stamp in this league.”

He then touched on the upcoming match, speculating on Spurs’ current form:

“This is the problem the fact they’ve lost three times they’ll be more difficult tomorrow. To lose four times in a row is not easy for top teams. They have a lot of weapons, Son we suffer every time, with Kane, Moura, they have a lot of quality. Midfield and physicality. The patterns they do, what I saw yesterday and today, they realise. A manager arrives in the middle of the season changes things is not easy. Playing every three days. You need time but in football there is no time, this club gave me time so I am grateful. All managers need time to try to convince the players to follow what you feel.”

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction:

At the beginning of the season, Tottenham beat Man City 1-0 at home. Now it’s hard to imagine anything like that. Tottenham seem to be in a terrible psychological state.

Not the least of the factors is Conte’s statements, who believes it’s unrealistic to fight for a place in the top four with such a team. In addition, the Italian criticized the club’s transfer policy. In general, Antonio is not satisfied.

Now Man City are in great shape being the favorites of the upcoming meeting. The Citizens’ attack scored 15 times in the last four meetings and there’s almost no doubt that the Citizens will net easily and not once. In addition, Tottenham in recent games unsuccessfully act at their own box – which will make this task easier.

Right now, Tottenham are completely ill-prepared to face a monster like Man City.

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Parimatch News staff prediction: 

We say: Man City not to win and match total over 2.5 – Yes.