Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more
Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:
In the current FA Cup, the London team started from the 1/32 stage of the final, where they met Burnley FC, who they managed to beat in a difficult match (1:0). The match as a whole turned out to be not particularly spectacular with a small number of chances, but still to a greater extent the initiative was on the side of the Spurs, who were more sharp in attack.
For that they were rewarded at the end of the match, when in the 78th minute of the meeting Pedro Porro distinguished himself with a powerful shot from distance into the goal. However, the Londoners crashed out of the Football League Cup after losing to Fulham FC in a penalty shootout (1:1, 3:5).
In the English Premier League of the current season the London team is doing well in general and now they are fifth in the table with 40 points after 21 rounds played. They are now 3 points behind three opponents higher in the table, the nearest pursuer from the bottom of the table West Ham United FC is 5 points behind.
In the last 5 rounds of the EPL wards of Ange Postecoglou have won three times and once lost and played in a draw. Firstly, they managed to get a confident victory over Nottingham Forest FC in the away match, where they scored a goal in each of the halves through Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski. But it was the end of the match that was tough, when the visitors were left in the minority after Yves Bissouma was sent off in the 70th minute of the match.
In the 18th round was a victory over Everton FC (2:1), the decisive factor in this meeting was 2 quick goals by the Londoners, to which the opponent could only respond with a goal of prestige in the end of the match, despite a fairly equal game in almost all of its segments.
Defeat ended for the Londoners of the 19th round, where they lost away to unyielding Brighton & Hove Albion FC (2:4). Everything was heading towards a total defeat from the hosts, who were leading 4:0 until the 81st minute of the game, but Tottenham picked themselves up at the end of the match and broke the score.
This defeat did not break the team and they next round confidently beat AFC Bournemouth at home (3:1), where they by 80 minutes of the match led in the score (3:0), to which the opponent responded only a goal of prestige.
In the last 21 rounds of the EPL, the Londoners split in the world with Manchester United FC (2:2). Twice Tottenham were losing in the score, but still pulled out 1 point for themselves in this meeting, although there was a chance to win after several good chances at the opponent’s goal.
The team is quite good in attack and they have already scored 44 goals. Son Heung-min is third in the list of top scorers in the EPL and has scored 12 times, giving 5 assists. But Son will not be able to help his partners in the game with City, because he left for the South Korean national team for the AFC Asian Cup. But in defense the game is not particularly good and 31 conceded goals is proof of that – this is only the 7th indicator in the English championship.
Coach Postecoglou deserves special praise. Thanks to his endeavors, the Lilywhites have set a new club record. They have not left the field without scoring for 33 games in a row in the English league. The only bad thing is that the Australian specialist is severely limited in resources.
Malian Yves Bissouma and Senegalese Pape Matar Sarr are unavailable because of their participation in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. And let’s not forget that Postecoglou is also without James Maddison, Giovanni lo Celso, Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon due to injuries.
To compensate for the lack of resources, the Spurs recently picked up Timo Werner on loan from RB Leipzig and also signed Genoa CFC defender Radu Dragusin. The newcomers quickly settled in and helped Postecoglou’s side avoid a 2:2 defeat to MU in the last round of the league, with the German even scoring an assist.
Manchester City News & Current Form:
In the current FA Cup, Guardiola’s team, as well as their upcoming opponent started from the 1/32 final, where they confidently defeated the team from the lower English division Huddersfield Town FC (5:0).
City’s advantage in all game components was enormous and they gave almost nothing to create at their goal, except for 2 non-dangerous shots. They managed to score twice in the end of the first half and three times in the second half. Phil Foden played a good match, scoring a double. In the English League Cup the team lost in the first match to Newcastle United FC (0:1).
In the current EPL championship, City are in pursuit of the first Liverpool FC and now sit on the 2nd line in the standings. At the moment they are 5 points behind the table leader, but at the same time there is 1 game in reserve. Arsenal FC and Aston Villa FC are breathing down their necks, having the same number of points, but one more game played.
The Citizens have won 4 times and drawn 1 time in the last 5 rounds of the Premier League. First they managed to get a hard win over Luton Town FC (2:1), where they were losing in the course of the match, but managed to score twice within 4 minutes in the second half thanks to Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish, and snatch the victory.
In the next round there was an offensive home draw with Crystal Palace FC (2:2), where up to 76 minutes of the match the hosts led in the score (2:0), but failed in the end and missed the victory in the final seconds of the meeting.
In the 19th round Everton were defeated in the away game (3:1), where City were losing until 53 minutes of the match, but turned the match around and finished off the opponent after a lot of chances at their gates. And then in round 20 at home Sheffield United FC were beaten (2:0), where they managed to score a goal in each of the halves and having a huge advantage in possession of the ball, they calmly brought the meeting to a winning result.
In the last game, City managed to snatch victory away from Newcastle in a dramatic match (3:2). By the 74th minute, Guardiola’s team were trailing 1:2, but then the factor of Kevin De Bruyne, who came on the field after a long lay-off and made the game. First, the Belgian struck an accurate shot into the goal, and then gave a brilliant pass to young Oscar Bobb, who elegantly dealt with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Man City’s personnel problems are gradually being solved. In particular, the main one – an injury of Erling Haaland seems to be behind them and the Norwegian, who returned to training during the week, may well get some game practice in Friday’s cup game.
Guardiola is unlikely to risk the health of defenders John Stones and Manuel Akanji, who will be given some more time to recover. But the condition of the main goalkeeper Ederson, who was injured in the previous match against Newcastle and was substituted at 8 minutes, will be assessed on the day of the match in London.
It is worth noting that Guardiola is gradually pulling promising young players into the core. Sometimes he even releases 19-year-old Rico Lewis and 20-year-old Oscar Bobb in EPL matches. The two young players have scored three goals and five assists for Manchester City in all official tournaments.
River Plate attacking midfielder Claudio Echeverri has joined City. Under the terms of the deal, Echeverri, who turned 18 in January, will stay at his club for exactly one year before joining the Citizens. Echeverri made his debut for River Plate last summer and played 6 games for the team, scoring a goal. Echeverri scored 13 goals in 22 games for the Argentina U17 national team.
Tottenham Hotspur form guide: W-W-L-W-W-D
Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-W-W-W
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Head-To-Head Record:
- January 19, 2023: Manchester City 4 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League);
- February 5, 2023: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Manchester City (Premier League);
- December 3, 2023: Manchester City 3 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League).
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Predicted XI:
Tottenham Hotspur’s possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Bentancur; Johnson, Kulusevski, Werner; Richarlison.
Manchester City’s possible starting lineup (3-2-4-1): Ortega; Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Alvarez.
Statistical preview of the match Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City:
- Tottenham’s First XI average age is 24.8 years, City’s First XI average age is 25.7 years.
- The total value of Spurs’ squad is 773 mln euros, while the total of City comes up to 1.29 bln euros.
- Paul Tierney has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served 15 games this season, showing an average of 3.4 Yellow Cards and also whistles 21 fouls per game.
- In 15 previous games in this tournament, the Londoners have lost only once in regulation time (9 wins and 5 draws).
- At least one team has not scored in 90 minutes in Tottenham’s last five games in the FA Cup.
- In 13 previous home games in this tournament, Spurs have won 12 times in regulation time, and 1 more time there was a draw.
- Manchester City have a 7-match winning streak in this tournament.
- At least three goals have been scored in 8 of the City’s 9 previous games in the FA Cup.
- In the last seven matches in this tournament, the Citizens have conceded only one goal.
- Tottenham have now beaten Manchester City at their home stadium five games in a row.
- Tottenham are averaging 6.36 corners per home game, while City are averaging 6.27 corner kicks per game in away games.
- The home side earns an average of 2.18 yellow cards per home match, while City receive an average of 1.6 yellow cards in away games.
What has been said before the match:
Gaffer of the Citizens Pep Guardiola ahead of clash with the Spurs:
“Of course it is a final, it is a knockout stage and to go through you have to score goals, otherwise it is not possible. It is always a new opportunity to break it and the feeling is most of the time we were exceptional… exceptional is not the right word because we could not win but we played really well.”
“You see how we played and the stats, I don’t believe much in the stats but the way we behave and the way we play was good. But the reality is that, no goals and six defeats. They are much better than us.”
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Prediction:
Tottenham are enjoying a good run of form and are only three points behind third place in the English Premier League. On their home field against Manchester City, Spurs have been playing great lately – five wins in five matches. Structurally, Tottenham’s playstyle has not changed since the beginning of the season – Ange Postecoglou is constantly focused on attack, which often causes their defense to suffer, as we saw at the Etihad in the first round (3:3). In seven of the last ten meetings, Tottenham have recorded an individual total over 1.5. And what is more remarkable: the White-Blacks have not gone without a goal in 36 consecutive games in all tournaments. At the same time, the Londoners have lost only one match this season with a difference of more than one goal. Plus, City struggled to score at this stadium for five consecutive matches against Spurs.
Manchester City, in turn, are heading towards all the possible trophies at cruising speed, sweeping away opponents one by one. Plus Kevin De Bruyne and the rest of the important players are now available, so it should be more comfortable for Guardiola’s coaching staff now to stage advanced game plans. 7 out of 10 recent games involving Man City have seen a total of goals over 3.5. Nine matches in a row the Citizens have scored. At the same time, Guardiola’s team concedes a lot (15 in ten matches), so there is no guarantee that Ortega’s goal will be untouched.
There is no doubt that Manchester City are the favorites in this FA Cup 1/16 final pairing, the depth of the squad allows them not to lose quality even with rotation. A dominant style, a huge amount of preparation time, the ability to field their best squad for the game and a vast array of metrics suggest that the Sky Blues have a better chance of winning. However, this match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will not be an easy walk for the reigning English champions, even given the absence of the opposition’s attacking vanguard, Son Heung-min.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Both teams will score and the match total will be over 2.5 – Yes.
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