This weekend has thrown up a very super Sunday indeed. Whilst Leicester City and Arsenal slog it out in a potentially decisive match at the top of the Premier League table, Manchester City and Tottenham will also do battle to keep themselves in the title race, hoping to pounce on any slip up that might happen in Sunday’s early – very early – kick off.
Going into this game on the back of an emasculating defeat at home to Leicester last weekend, City need a big performance not just to show the others that they’re still a force in the title race, but actually to stay in the very title race itself.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are one of the league’s most consistent teams, plodding along nicely for most of the season, it’s almost as though they’ve found themselves in a title race by default. Slow and steady may win the race, but Pochettino’s young team is really starting to blossom now, and they may not be ‘slow and steady’ for the rest of the season if their youthful excellence can hit form just at the right time.
This is a game between two heavyweight title contenders, but as Manchester City have shown us throughout the course of this season, they do not like it when teams press them with intensity. That’s what they’re up against this weekend, and they’ll need to overcome that if they’re to prove that they are worthy of winning the title this season.
Here are five facts about this game that could be crucial come kick off:
The last nine Premier League games between these two sides have seen 41 goals scored
Manchester City have scored the highest proportion of goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season (23%), whilst Tottenham have conceded a league-low one goal from outside the box in the Premier League in 2015-16.
Man City have won eight and lost two of the last 10 Premier League meetings with Spurs, including victories in the last five in a row at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have not beaten any side currently in the top six of the Premier League table this season (W0 D3 L4).
Mauricio Pochettino has defeated a Manuel Pellegrini side just once in 12 meetings between the two in the Premier League or La Liga (W1 D2 L9)