@StatCity: Spurs preview
- 23 November 2013 12:25
- Posted by @StatCity
Going into an international break on the back of a Premier League defeat is never ideal but that’s exactly the situation Manuel Pellegrini’s men found themselves in, back on November 10th before City’s jet-setting stars set off around the globe.
Now the Blues have a 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland to get out of their systems, starting on Sunday at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
The North London outfit currently have the second tightest defence in the league (just behind Southampton on 5), having their goal breached on just 6 occasions, so it won’t be an easy task for City in Super Sunday’s opening fixture.
That said, the Blues do boast a rather impressive goal scoring record this season, outscoring every other team in the division by at least 6 goals.
The Etihad Stadium has also seen a whopping 22 goals scored this season already, that’s more than at any other Premier League stadium so far this term.
This will be the 33rd meeting between the two sides in Premier League competition.
City have won 7 (21.88%), drawn 5 (15.62%) and have lost a rather significant 20 (62.50%) of those previous 32 fixtures.
"In fact, the Blues have only lost more Premier League games against Arsenal and Chelsea (both 21). City have experience somewhat of a mini-revival in regards to recent results against Tottenham, having won 4 of the last 5 meetings."
The Blues have also won their last 3 home games against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League although each victory has only been by a one goal margin.
City have scored 34 goals against Tottenham Hotspur at a rate of 1.06 goals per game. Twelve of those goals have come in the last 5 matches against Spurs (35.29%).
On the flipside, City have conceded a huge 47 goals against Tottenham in the Premier League (1.46 gpg), only the former ‘big 4’ have scored more goals against the Blues than Spurs.
A look in the clean sheets column of the database indicates just 5 shut outs for City (15.62%) and 12 for the visitors (37.50%).
A glance further back in time shows that this will be the 146th meeting between the two sides. City have won 54 (37.24%), drawn (23.45%) and have lost 57 (39.91%) of the previous 145 ties.
The Blues have scored 214 goals against Tottenham Hotspur overall (1.47 gpg) and have conceded 202 goals (1.393 gpg) since that first meeting in January 1909.
Sergio Aguero will be looking to keep up his goal scoring exploits after an impressive brace for his native Argentina in mid-week. Of the 114 different players to have scored at least 40 goals in the Premier League, only Thierry Henry (122) has a better minutes per goal ratio than Kun (123).
Another striker who will be looking to impress is Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian has scored more goals against Tottenham Hotspur (5) than against any other Premier League opponent that he has faced.
Although City’s start to the campaign has been a stuttering one, the Blues have actually got 3 points more than they did from the same corresponding fixtures last season.