Tottenham take on Manchester City in an all-English Champions League clash on Tuesday 9 April, with the first leg of their quarter-final being shown on BT Sport live from Tottenham’s new stadium at 8 p.m.
Neither side has won the competition before but, of course, they’ve played each other plenty of times in the Premier League.
Check out our stats, analysis and free tips for the Tottenham vs Manchester City Champions League quarter-final first-leg.
It’s fair to say that Tottenham aren’t firing on all cylinders at the moment, but their recent home form has been solid with four wins and a draw in their last five Premier League home games, including winning their first game in their new stadium again Crystal Palace. They’ve also won their last three home games in the Champions League, despite losing their first home game of this European campaign 4-2 to Barcelona.
However, their form against the top-six sides in the Premier League sides this season hasn’t been great, with a 3-1 home wins over Chelsea and a 3-0 away win at Old Trafford against an out-of-sorts Manchester United their only wins.
Manchester City Form
Manchester aren’t typically steamrollering the opposition at the moment either, but 14 consecutive wins highlights that City simply have too much talent all over the pitch for most teams.
A 2-2 draw in Lyon is the only time they failed to win in Europe away from home this season, and their comeback at Schalke after going 2-0 behind early on was commendable.
They’ve also impressed away from home against the top-six in the Premier League this season, beating both Arsenal and Tottenham and drawing with Liverpool. They did get beaten by Chelsea but dominated for a long period of that game before doing so.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Head-To-Heads
Last season’s two Premier League games between Tottenham and Manchester City were two thrillers, with City winning 4-1 at home and 3-1 away in a manner that suggested they were very much the better team.
This season’s clash at Wembley was the total opposite though, with City taking a 1-0 lead through Riyad Mahrez and maintaining that advantage to the end. However, the pitch was an excuse for several missed chances that day, as it had been used to play American football on shortly before which had made the surface uneven.
Hopefully, that may mean that this will be a return to the type of goal-fest that these two teams have often produced.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Team News
Neither team needs to worry about suspensions, but both have a few injury concerns. Tottenham are likely to be without Eric Dier, Serge Aurier, and Erik Lamela.
City will also be without Delph and Zinchenko, whilst Walker is also a worry. However, the biggest concern is whether Sergio Aguero will be fit to play.
Tottenham vs Man City Verdict
City are in the best form and will be hoping to make it 15 wins in a row in all competitions. However, they’d probably have preferred to play the match at Wembley and the new Tottenham Stadium is a new experience for the Man City players. There should also be an electric atmosphere as the new stadium stages its first taste of European football.
The new pitch will, hopefully, be perfect and that’s the main reason why there may be plenty of goals. Before this season’s 1-0 win for City, there had been at least four goals in the last three games between the two sides and odds of around 7/4 for more than 3.5 goals looks worth taking.
Raheem Sterling could also be worth backing to score at anytime. He scored three goals in the two goal-fests last season and has looked much a much better and more confident striker this year for both Man City and England.