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Tottenham vs Manchester City statistics and records: Harry Kane eyes scoring milestone, Pep Guardiola’s Spurs hoodoo and more

By Andrew Francis

Published: 17:31, 2 February 2023

The Premier League returns this weekend and the biggest match of gameweek 22 takes place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Spurs host Man City.

With all eyes on North London, there could be plenty of records broken as two of the biggest sides in the Premier League go head to head.

  • Harry Kane needs just one more goal to become Tottenham’s all time record goalscorer

It’s no secret that Kane is on the cusp of writing his name into the Tottenham record books, needing just one goal to eclipse the great Jimmy Greaves. However, the England striker doesn’t enjoy his time against Man City, scoring just three career goals against the reigning champions. That’s the lowest number of goals he’s managed against any of the teams currently in the Premier League.

Could Kane put that poor return behind him and find the net in order to become the most prolific player in Spurs’ long history?

Tottenham All Time Record Goalscorers

Player Number of Goals
Jimmy Greaves* 266
Harry Kane 266
Bobby Smith 208
Martin Chivers 174
Cliff Jones 154
Jermain Defoe 142
Son Heung-Min 139
    *Jimmy Greaves’ two goals against Ipswich in 1962 Charity Shield are not included in official record because it was considered an exhibition match.
  • Erling Haaland is on course to score more goals in a debut season than any other player

It’s been quite the debut season for the imposing Norwegian, with Haaland finding the net 25 times in just 19 Premier League appearances this season. There are plenty of records for the 22 year old to break this season but one that is firmly in his sights is the most goals scored in a debut season. As things stand, only two men have scored more times in their first season in the Premier League; Kevin Phillips, who found the net 30 times for Sunderland in the 1999-00 season, and Andrew Cole, who netted 34 times in 1993-94. Haaland’s total is all the more impressive when you consider that Cole had 42 games to make that total.

If he keeps scoring at his current rate, 1.25 goals per game, Haaland will need just eight more fixtures to beat Cole’s total.

  • Riyad Mahrez has been involved in more goals against Spurs than any other club

It’s flown under the radar somewhat but Mahrez is in some of the best form of his life at the moment, scoring eight times in his last 11 games and chipping in with three assists. That’s a scary prospect for the Spurs defence, but it gets even worse for Antonio Conte’s side when you look at the Algerian’s record against Spurs. He’s been involved in 11 goals in 18 games against Tottenham, finding the net seven times and assisting four — his best record against a single club.

Mahrez has started the last four games for Man City. Will he take to the pitch on Sunday, or will he be a victim of Pep Guardiola’s rotation?

  • Pep Guardiola has yet to win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium…

Four times Guardiola has travelled to North London to take on Spurs since they moved to their new stadium and four times he’s left empty handed. A 1-0 defeat in the Champions League started this run and since then Man City have lost three times in the Premier League. That makes Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the ground that Pep has managed at the most without ever picking up a win, not just in the Premier League, but in his entire managerial career.

Can the Spaniard finally break his Tottenham hoodoo or will he still be without a point at Spurs following Sunday’s encounter?

  • …And Man City haven’t scored a goal against Tottenham at their new ground

Those four defeats in a row haven’t just seen Man City fail to pick up a point, but seen them fail to even find the net at Tottenham’s incredible new ground. Only twice in Premier League history have Man City lost four away games in a row against an opponent without scoring, and there’s a possibility that it might happen once more this weekend.

Man City losses in a row without scoring

vs Chelsea vs Sunderland vs Tottenham
0-2 25th March 2006 0-1 29th August 2010 0-2 2nd February 2020
0-3 20th August 2006 0-1 1st January 2012 0-2 21st November 2020
0-6 27th October 2007 0-1 26th December 2012 0-1 15th August 2021
0-1 15th March 2009 0-1 10th November 2013