Revenge Spurs Tottenham Against City

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has five goals in seven matches. Image courtesy of

The last time Spurs met the Sky Blues was at Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture in November and despite firing off 13 shots at goal (just two shy of City’s), the North Londoners were thumped 6-0. But since then, the Lily Whites have suffered just one loss. Admittedly that was 5-0 to Liverpool and a change of coach followed, with Tim Sherwood replacing Andre Villas-Boas. Following the departure of Villas-Boas in mid-December, Spurs are undefeated in six Premier League outings, winning five. Included in the unbeaten run, a 3-0 victory over Stoke City and a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Out of FA Cup contention, the Lilly Whites had the weekend off and prior to that beat Swansea City 3-1 away from home. Back in favour with Sherwood, striker Emmanuel Adebayor has matched his EPL goal tally of last season. He’s scored five goals in seven matches this campaign, having notched the same amount in 25 games last season.

Manchester City’s stats are even more impressive. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in their past 11 League matches, having won the last seven. The incredible run, which started with the half-dozen against Spurs, features 10 wins and a draw. Among the victories, there’s a 2-0 result over Newcastle and a 2-1 success against Liverpool. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are the most dangerous in the League, scoring with 21.2 per cent of their shots this season, the best chance conversion rate of all 20 sides this season. Manchester City is coming off a 4-2 FA Cup 4th round victory over Watford.

City has won five and lost just one of the last seven Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur.
Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances and has four in four against Spurs. Edin Dzeko has scored in three of his last four EPL outings and has five in five against Tottenham – more than against any other club.

Overall, the Spurs defence has been miserly; with Michael Dawson and co conceding just 26 goals in 22 League games and only one of those is a header. But by the same token, the fifth-placed team has only scored 29 times, much fewer than other top-four contenders. Discipline has also been a problem for Sherwood’s charges - 19 different Spurs players have been shown a yellow card this season, more than any other club in the top flight.

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