Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 13:30. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Odds: Manchester City 7/10, Draw 31/10, Tottenham Hotspur 9/2

Last season: 2-1

Preview & injury news

Both sides are coming into this game to show they have Champion or Champions League class after suffering disappointing defeats to North East opposition on their last Premier League outing.

Manchester City will feel they need to keep up their 100% record, though they sit in eighth place they still remain favourites with the bookmakers to regain the Premier League title given how tight the table is. Spurs on the other hand are a very difficult side to break time, yet have found goals hard to come by this season as they sit fractionally above City in the league table.

On the injury front, it may be a week too early for City’s captain Vincent Kompany to come back into the side as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury whilst David Silva isn’t expected to be available for selection for at least another ten days as he has a calf injury.

For Spurs left-back Danny Rose could be fit enough for a return to the squad but their boss, Andre Villas-Boas, may persist with Jan Vertonghen at left-back so he doesn’t Rose returning from injury in such a big match. Christian Eriksen is out until Christmas having picked up an ankle injury on international duty, whilst Nacer Chadli is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Key stats

Sergio Aguero is Manchester City's top scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals.

Roberto Soldado is Tottenham Hotspur's top scorer in the Premier League this season with four goals.

Manchester City had 63% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 away defeat to Sunderland. 

Tottenham Hotspur had 65% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

5 players to watch

Jesus Navas - If Navas does start then he will be hoping to get some joy up against Jan Vertonghen playing out of his favoured position. On occasions this season Navas has looked lethal on the right flank and that may be an area of the field where City will think they can get some joy. 

Roberto Soldado - Soldado has said the best has yet to come from him so far during his Tottenham career, having scored four goals in the league so far this season, with three of them coming from the penalty spot. However, against a City defence that is without Vincent Kompany, Soldado's movement could cause their back line problems, and he may get the opportunity to show why Spurs splashed out on him.

Martin Demichelis - Demichelis has been the man filling in for Kompany at the back. Though experienced he has looked a little lost at times, and City are going to need a solid performance from their summer signing to help keep Spurs at bay.

Jan Vertonghen - He may not be entirely comfortable playing out of position on the left flank, but with the amount of pace City have in their side, Vertonghen is going to be a key man in a full back role. Can he keep City's quicker players quiet? 

Sergio Aguero - City's top scorer has been in very good goalscoring form, and he managed to get amongst the goals during the international break. Though Spurs have been strong defensively this season, Aguero has the class to add to his scoring tally for the season this Sunday.

Last time they met

Tottenham 3-1 Manchester City, Premier League, April 2013

This game ended all hopes of Manchester City retaining their Premier League crown and kept Tottenham right in the hunt for a place in the Champions League. Samir Nasri gave City an early lead in the fifth minute as it looked as though City looked to be in control. But the game changed within seven minutes after Clint Dempsey equalised for Spurs in the 75th minute, before Jermain Defoe but the hosts in front three minutes later. Gareth Bale rounded off the scoring to complete a brilliant turnaround and practically hand the Premier League title to City's fiercest rivals in Manchester United.

 

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