Man City currently sit nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table but they may not be as comfortable as they want to be. Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have played a game more than second-placed Liverpool so the nine-point gap could hypothetically be six, with Man City also still needing to face the Reds again in April.
But for now they are in control of their own destiny and Man City don’t look like slowing down. Guardiola’s side have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League matches, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Southampton. In that run, Man City have beat the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham, Wolves and Man Utd – while they also thumped Sporting CP in the Champions League in midweek.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are going through a rough patch. The new manager bounce following Antonio Conte’s arrival at the end of 2021 is well and truly over and some cracks are starting to show (though that shouldn’t fall solely on the Italian). For the first time since 2009, Conte has lost three league matches in a row, beaten by Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves.
The trio of defeats saw Tottenham miss out on the chance to take total control of the fight for Champions League football, but they are still technically in a good position to finish fourth. Despite sitting seven points behind fourth-placed Man Utd, Tottenham have three games in hand on the Red Devils. However, it’s also worth noting that Arsenal also have three games in hand on Man Utd and sit three points above Tottenham.
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Man City vs Tottenham: Match Stats
Man City have been truly dominant in the Premier League of late, often hitting early and hitting hard. Guardiola’s side have been winning at both half time and full time in six of their last seven Premier League home matches, with Chelsea the only side to stop them leading in the first half (though they did still win thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s rocket).
Despite seeing his time in the team split by the Africa Cup of Nations, Riyad Mahrez is in good form for Man City in the Premier League. The Algerian has scored five goals in his past six Premier League appearances, and his blank against Norwich City last time out was the first time he had failed to score in the league since the start of December (five appearances).
15 Aug 2021 – Tottenham 1-0 Man City – Premier League
25 Apr 2021 – Tottenham 0-1 Man City – League Cup Final
13 Feb 2021 – Man City 3-0 Tottenham – Premier League
21 Nov 2020 – Tottenham 2-0 Man City – Premier League
02 Feb 2020 – Tottenham 2-0 Man City – Premier League
Tottenham will be looking to do the double over Man City for the first time since 2015/16 after their 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the opening weekend of the season. However, Man City did win this fixture 3-0 last season having lost the away leg and will be looking to repeat that feat this year.