GAME WEEK 18- MANCHESTER CITY vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR- PREVIEW, DREAM 11


MCI vs TOT PREVIEW: The preamble of the English Premier League needs to be re-written. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have scripted for themselves a chapter in the league’s elite history. A chapter, that’ll be referred as a blueprint for spectacular football. 15 wins in a row and counting. An unprecedented winning streak which will take a colossal effort for any team to better. How much better can this City unit get?

The Premier League has some of the finest footballing brains and Guardiola is undoubtedly right up there with the best. His vision has transformed the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus into world class match winners. David Silva’s playing the best football of his life and Kevin De Bruyne can’t put a foot wrong. Can the Spurs put an end to this relentless winning spree or will City continue their perpetual vehemence?

Tottenham Hotspur are one team City wouldn’t like to go down to. The Spurs have won 3 of the last 4 fixtures between the two sides and would definitely want to build on that record. Mauricio Pochettino has anchored the Spurs to Champions League football consistently but the Spurs have always managed to miss out on silverware.

Since Mauricio Pochettino’s first season at Tottenham, the Spurs have spent a total of six days at the top of the league. Do they lack quality? Certainly not. It’s the away record against the top 6 teams that needs an improvement. Pochettino has won only one out of the 16 away games against the top 6. The only positive; that solitary win was against Manchester City.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

PLAYED

40

CITY

11

SPURS

23

DRAW

6

2016/17: Spurs won the home game 2-0 and drew the away game 2-2.

FACTS: The last time a team beat Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham in a top-flight league season before the New Year was in 1953-54. Wolves and West Bromwich Albion being the two teams.

City’s 15 game winning streak is still four away from Pep Guardiola’s best-ever run as a manager in league competition. At Bayern Munich, the City boss won 19 games in a row(between October 2013 and March 2014).

Sergio Aguero has scored 99 goals in 133 appearances for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions. 70 in the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero has scored 35 goals in 52 Premier League games against the big six. That’s 29% of Man City’s goals in this period.

Harry Kane’s Premier League goal tally in 2017 stands at 33 goals in 33 appearances. Only 3 away from equalling Alan Shearer’s record in the competition. Shearer scored 36 goals in the year 1995.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR- MCI VS TOT:

Leroy Sane(Manchester City): Sane can qualify for a sprinter if ever he tries Track and Field. Bemusing defenders and outrunning them has been his forte. The German showed a lot of promise in his first season at City and is making immense in the second. With him on the left and his telepathic partnership with David Silva, he’s bound to trouble Kieran Trippier.

In 2017/18, Goals: 6, Assists: 6.

Harry Kane(Tottenham Spurs): The winner of the golden boot 2 years running(2015 &2016), Harry Kane is probably the most menacing striker in the league. Give him space and he’ll punish you. He’s good in the air and can score of either foot. Nicolas Otamendi has been in prime form this season for City, but against Harry Kane, he’s got an adversary of the highest order.

In 2017/18, Goals: 12, Assists: 1, Shots on target: 36.

EXPECTED TEAMS- MCI vs TOT:

(MANCHESTER CITY): Ederson(gk), Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.

(TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR): Hugo Lloris(gk), Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane.

DREAM 11 FOR MCI vs TOT:

 

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