@StatCity: Spurs preview
- 28 January 2014 16:29
- Posted by @StatCity
The formidable Twitter stat-fanatics @StatCity return with a numerical look ahead to the Blues' trip to White Hart Lane...
City travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday to face Tottenham Hotspur as normal Premier League business is resumed. The Blues will be looking to change focus back to domestic league obligations after two successful outings in the League and FA Cups respectively.
The two sides are meeting for the 147th time in all competitions. City have won 55 (37.67%), drawn 34 (23.29%) and lost 57 (39.04%) of the previous 146 encounters. The Blues have scored 220 goals against Tottenham in all competitions at a rate of 1.5 goals per game. At the other end, City have conceded 202 times against Spurs at a slightly lower rate of 1.38 goals per game.
In the clean sheets department, City have kept Spurs at bay on 34 occasions (23.29%) and have only failed to score themselves on 33 occasions (22.60%), although not once in the last 6 meetings.
The Blues have only lost one of their last 7 matches against Tottenham, a run stretching back to August 2010; however City managed just one win in the 14 meetings before that!
This will be the 70th match played away to Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions. A fixture in which the Blues have only managed one win in their last 10 visits, that famous 5-1 drubbing back in August 2011 thanks to four-goal hero Edin Dzeko bringing an end to 9 matches without a White Hart Lane victory.
In the Premier League the two sides are meeting for the 34th time. City have won 8 (24.24%), drawn 5 (15.15%) and lost a huge 20 (60.61%) of the previous 33 top-flight meetings. The Blues have also been outscored by Tottenham to the tune of 47 goals to City’s 40 in the Premier League.
City have opened the scoring in five of the last six Premier League matches against Tottenham and will need a good start again this time out against Tim Sherwood’s rejuvenated men.
Two players that have enjoyed this fixture of late are in-form Sergio Aguero and the aforementioned Edin Dzeko. The Argentine hitman has scored four goals in his last four games against Spurs while fellow striker Edin has five in five against the North London outfit. That’s more than the ‘Bosnian Diamond’ has managed against any other Premier League opponent. The two strikers will also be aiming to fill the void lead by Alvaro Negredo. Should the Spaniard miss out on the trip to White Hart Lane, the Blues will be hoping that Aguero’s 13 goals in his last 12 and Dzeko’s 3 in his last 4 form can continue on Wednesday night.
The two sides are the Premier League form boys at the moment. If the season had only started when Tim Sherwood took charge of Tottenham, they would sit second in the table on 16 points, behind Pellegrini’s men on 18 points.
There are some potential milestones for City fans to keep an eye out for on Wednesday night. Should Sergio Aguero manage to find the back of the net against Tottenham it will be his 50th Premier League goal for the Blues. In addition to Sergio’s goal scoring exploits, should Vincent Kompany participate in the match and City record a victory it will be the captain’s 100th Premier League victory as a City player.
So can the inspirational Belgian become the first outfield City player to taste 100 Premier League victories? Here’s hoping!