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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City


Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          24 15  3  6   37 -27  48
Away          24 10  4 10   30 -41  34
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Total(Prem)   48 25  7 16   68 -67  82  1.71 pts per game
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   46 21 13 12   84 -59  58
Away(Div 1)   46  7 11 28   39 -90  24
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Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    2  0  1  1    2 - 3   1
Away(Div 2)    2  0  0  2    0 - 3   0
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Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Total(Prem)   48 25  7 16   68 -67  82
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Grand Total  144 53 32 59  192-223 165
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWLW
           
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton
Spurs      4-0    Sheff Utd
Leeds      3-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Wolves
Spurs      1-2    A. Villa
Leicester  2-4    Spurs

Man City   -    WWLWLW

A. Villa   1-2    Man City
C. Palace  0-2    Man City
Man City   1-2    Chelsea
Newcastle  3-4    Man City
Brighton   3-2    Man City
Man City   5-0    Everton

FINAL POSITIONS 2020-21
Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Man City  38 27  5  6  83-32  51   86
7. Spurs     38 18  8 12  68-45  23   62

We are all back! Will we see Harry?

The new season begins this weekend and we fans will be back in stadia up and down the land in force! The big question on the lips of Spurs fans is "Will Harry Kane be back?" Harry has returned to training with the squad today, but judging by Nuno's very guarded comments at his press conference today, Sunday is probably too early for Harry (who only returned this week) and also for our major signings Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil. Romero has a foot injury sustained in the Copa America Final which will keep him away for a game or two. Gil only arrived on Wednesday after his exploits in the Tokyo Olympics where he also played in a Final.

The behemoth that is Manchester City comes to town, and famously it is an outfit that covets "one of our own". Whatever happens in this transfer saga in my opinion there was never any chance that Harry would be playing in Sunday's game. Judging by Nuno's comments, and no doubt to the dismay of the many Spurs fans full of negativity on social media, I suspect we will see a Spurs line-up that closely resembles the starting sides who played in the "Mind Series" against Chelsea and Arsenal.

City will of course have their £100 million signing Jack Grealish on display, and I fancy Grealish will start. I expect he will play on the left which probably demands the pace of Serge Aurier at right back. Pep Guardiola does have to start without the injured De Bruyne and Foden. Other summer tournament stars such as Sterling, Stones and Walker, and Ederson and Jesus, were given extended breaks returning to training only last Monday. We shall see whether they all start on Sunday, but the side which lost to Leicester in the Community Shield was somewhat weakened.

Manchester City sealed their fifth Premier league title (their third in four years) with three games to spare at the end of last season. Manchester United handed their local rivals the title when they lost at home to Leicester. With a Champions League Final to contemplate, Pep Guardiola even gave 35-year-old loan goalkeeper Scott Carson his one appearance of the season in a 4-3 win at St. James' Park. Ultimately, Pep's mixing and matching of his players did his team no good as Chelsea took that Champions League title. Thomas Tuchel's side had already beaten City in the league on 8th May. Pep and his men had to be satisfied with just two trophies having already beaten Spurs in the Carabao Cup Final. Oh for one trophy!

Scott Carson has signed a one-year deal with City, which will keep him at the Club until the summer of 2022. The 35-year-old joined in 2019, initially on a one-year loan deal from Derby County. That agreement was then extended for a further 12 months last summer, and he went on to make his City debut in that 4-3 win away at Newcastle in May. With his contract at Derby now expired, he has signed for City on a free transfer. 36-year-old Fernandinho was also granted an additional one-year contract.

City's big pay-out for Grealish was ameliorated by the fact they have gathered over £50 million in the summer through the sales of Academy graduate Lukas Nmecha to Wolfsburg, Jack Harrison to Leeds, Angelino to Leipzig plus sell-on fees after Jadon Sancho’s £72.9m move to rivals Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

Watford had their noses put out of joint by City when Guardiola's side "hijacked" a pre-season friendly for which Watford had sold tickets against Barnsley. City needed a game to replace one in France that could not be played, due to COVID, so they played Barnsley behind closed doors.

Last year's 2-0 home win against City was thanks to goals by Son (who has signed a new contract with Spurs) and Giovani Lo Celso. That was City's third game at our new stadium. They have lost all three games, and have failed to score in each game. Heung-min Son has scored in each of those games. After losing last season's game at "The New Lane" on 21st November, City went on a run of 28 games unbeaten in all competitions. This run, which included 19 Premier League games and 21 consecutive wins in all games, was brought to an end by City's arch-rivals Manchester United at The Etihad Stadium on 7th March.

Manchester City have won their first league match of the season in each of their past 10 campaigns, the joint-longest such run in top-flight history alongside Aston Villa between 1891-92 and 1900-01.

The last time we played City on the opening day of the season was on 14th August, 2010 when we faced them just three months after beating them away to reach the Champions League for the first time. The game ended goal-less and Joe Hart was City's man of the match. Emmanuel Adebayor, who would later come to Spurs was a late substitute for City.

Hugo Loris is two games away from his 300th Premier League appearance for Spurs. Signed in 2012 from Lyon (for whom he played 146 league games) Hugo's Spurs debut was at home in the Europa League in September 2012 against Lazio. Hugo's Premier League debut came against Aston Villa in October 2012. Hugo superceded Brad Friedel as out first choice keeper in November 2012. Hugo has made 373 appearances for Spurs and has been our captain in 283 of those games, wearing the armband for the first time against AEL on 21st August, 2014. Our number one has 129 caps for France, and has captained his country's side 104 times to date, which is a record.

I think we could see the 4-3-3 formation that has been seen in pre-season. That side could read Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Winks, Dele; Lucas Moura, Son and Bergwijn. I would hope to see Bryan Gil and Lo Celso come off the bench. Ambitiously I have predicted a 2-1 Spurs win! I intend to run a post-match survey, but that will be delayed for technical reasons and due to my travel plans. My match report is likely to be posted on Monday morning.

Anthony Taylor is our match referee. Mr Taylor was famously the man in the middle for the Denmark v Finland Euro20 game in which former Spur Christian Eriksen collapsed. Christian has since been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and incredibly is back in Milan, hoping to return playing in four or five months time! This will be Mr. Taylor's 35th Spurs game. He was in charge of our last game of last season against Leicester.

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