City Comfortable At Home

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Edin Dzeko has three goals in the EPL this season. Image courtesy of Images
Manchester City has won all five of its home matches so far this campaign, but their terrible away record has consigned the Sky Blues to eighth place on the table. Manuel Pellegrini’s team is one place behind Tottenham Hotspur on the ladder, and the two sides face at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night (AEST).

It’s set to be a contest between the league’s top attacking side, with City piling on 28 goals in 11 matches so far, against a Spurs defence which has allowed just six goals in and has kept seven clean sheets so far. City has lost just two of its last 38 matches at home, and Spurs have managed just one win in the teams’ last six meetings with the Manchester side collecting four victories. The Citizens have been dominant against top six sides at home posting a 4-1 win over arch rival Manchester United and a 3-1 victory against Everton.

The last four times these teams have met, there have been at least three goals scored, however, in 10 of Spurs’ 11 matches this campaign there have been under 2.5 goals . Joe Hart could be back between the sticks for City this weekend after Pellegrini left him out of the past four matches after some howling errors. Costel Pantilimon has done little wrong as his replacement, but the England keeper is the better long-term option.

Both sides come in to this match on the back of ordinary defeats prior to the international break. City went down to Sunderland 1-0 while Tottenham inexplicably lost at White Hart Lane to Newcastle United by the same score . 

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