Two of the in-form sides in the Premier League meet at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night, with Spurs hoping to grab all three points in their quest for Champions League football; while Manchester City hope to keep up the pressure on fellow title contenders Arsenal.
Spurs are set to welcome back a host of players, with Andros Townsend, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro & Younes Kaboul set to return to first-team action.
Alvaro Negredo & Samir Nasri will miss the trip to North London.
Spurs have recorded just four points in their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City, before that, they had won their previous four meetings in the Premier League.
In the reverse fixture back in November, Spurs fired 13 shots to Man City’s 15, but lost 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium. [via StatsZone]
Edin Dzeko has scored five in five games against Spurs – more than against any other Premier League side.
Emmanuel Adebayor has matched his Premier League goal tally from last season [5 in 7 compared to 5 in 23]
Christian Eriksen and David Silva
The Danish international arrived at Hotspur Way from Ajax back in August for a sum believed to be around £11m, hype was created around the player, but under Andre Villas-Boas he struggled with the rigid system, creating just one assist against Norwich City and found himself extremely unlucky with an injury in an international game for Denmark.
Under Andre Villas-Boas, Christian Eriksen primarily played in the attacking midfield role, the no.10 role, and was poor in the rigid system as stated above. However, under Tim Sherwood, Eriksen has been ever present in the Spurs side, flourishing in central midfield and coming in off the left. In six Premier League games under Tim Sherwood, the former Ajax playmaker has been involved with five goals, scoring three and assisting two.
Manchester City have playmakers in abundance, but one Spaniard has been one of their key players so far this season, scoring four goals and creating six goals for his team-mates.
David Silva, like Christian Eriksen has played many roles in City’s midfield so far this season, playing left wing, left midfield and attacking midfield. Playmakers have to feel like they have a free role in the side, to create space, to score goals, to make chances for their team-mates.
Despite playing just three games more than Eriksen [Silva 14 games to Eriksen’s 11] the Spanish international has created 51 chances for his Manchester City team-mates, just one behind Eden Hazard in the top creativity stats this season. While, Christian Eriksen has had an impressive start to his Spurs career, he has created 26 chances, a respectable figure, but pales in comparison the Spanish playmaker. Additionally, Silva has double the amount of clear-cut chances created (6) compared to Eriksen’s (3).
At the age of 28, David Silva is the finished article, but at seven years his junior, Christian Eriksen has a lot to learn off the former Valencia man, but so far under Tim Sherwood, the former Ajax midfield is starting to live up to the hype.
With both sides in such great form at present in the Premier League, this is a tough one to call in terms of betting. Spurs have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Man City at White Hart Lane; it may be worth backing the double chance market in this case, with Spurs/Draw available at 8/11 at Winner.com.
In the last five matches between Spurs and Manchester City, there have been over 2.5 goals, which is available at 3/5 at Winner.com.
With Alvaro Negredo set to miss out, Edin Dzeko may be drafted in to replace the Spanish striker. With five goals in five matches against the North London side, Edin Dzeko is available to score anytime against Spurs at 6/5, but if you like value, Sergio Aguero has four in four matches against Spurs, and is 16/5 to score first in the match live on BT Sport on Wednesday night.