Man City VS Tottenham Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 19 Feb 2022
Manchester City will be looking to further strengthen their grip on first spot in the Premier League table when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. The Citizens are currently nine points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit, while Tottenham occupy eighth position, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. Man City all but secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a stunning performance away to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday evening, running out 5-0 winners in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet.
The Citizens are also chasing FA Cup success this term, preparing to travel to Peterborough United in the fifth round of the competition at the start of March, while they are in a strong position to retain the Premier League title, sitting top of the pile with 63 points from 25 matches. Pep Guardiola’s side are nine points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, but the Reds do have a game in hand, so the Manchester outfit cannot afford to take their eye off the ball and will be fired up to collect all three points against Antonio Conte’s team in Saturday’s late start.
Man City are unbeaten in the league since the end of October, winning 14 of their last 15 matches, which is a staggering run of form at this level of football, and they have been defensively excellent for much of the campaign, conceding just 14 times, which is the best record in the division. The English champions lost 1-0 to Tottenham in the reverse match in North London earlier this season, but they have the best home record in England’s top flight this term, picking up 31 points from 12 matches, recording victories in 10 of their 12 matches at the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham will be the underdogs heading into this weekend’s contest, but the capital side have won three of their last four Premier League matches against Man City, with each of the victories coming in London. Spurs have not overcome the Citizens in Manchester since February 2016, and they will enter this match off the back of defeats in their last three Premier League games, losing at Chelsea on January 23 before home reverses to Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Antonio Conte’s side currently sit eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Man United, but they have three games in hand on the Red Devils, so a top-four finish is certainly still achievable, even if their recent form has been disappointing. Tottenham have scored just 28 Premier League goals this season, though, with Harry Kane, who was denied a big-money switch to the Etihad Stadium last summer, finding the back of the net on just five occasions.
Recent comments from Conte will not have helped improve the mood at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and there is certainly a possibility that the Italian could walk away from the club in the coming months, particularly if their form does not improve, but a positive result this weekend could be a springboard.
After blowing away Sporting Lisbon in midweek, Manchester City return to Premier League action at the very top of their game but they can’t afford to take Spurs lightly given what happened between these sides on the opening weekend of the season. City clearly weren’t at their best in the 1-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but they haven’t looked back since that August afternoon, losing just one of their subsequent 24 Premier League matches. The pace Man City are setting on the domestic front is quite frightening and only Liverpool are capable of keeping hold of their coat tails.
As Manchester City look to grind their way toward another Premier League title, Tottenham are battling to stay in the top-four race ahead of an intriguing clash at the Etihad Stadium. Antonio Conte’s side have lost three in a row and are at risk of seeing Manchester United, West Ham and Arsenal pull away from them. Spurs’ games in hands are worth far less when any opponent looks like a match for the struggling north Londoners.
They could scarcely have picked a worse moment to play City, unbeaten since December and fresh from a 5-0 win over Sporting that saw the likes of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez continue their fine form. Pep Guardiola insists Spurs will be a tougher test for having struggled of late but it is one his players will be expected to comfortably overcome.
Footballing action continues to come at a relentless pace as Matchday 26 of the Premier League kicks off on Saturday. Reigning champions and current leaders Manchester City will take the field at the Etihad as they play hosts to a misfiring Tottenham Hotspur side.
After a rather slow start, Manchester City have been near-unstoppable in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s men have not lost a single league game since late October, winning 14 of their 15 fixtures since, opening up a nine-point lead at the top. The Cityzens thrashed Norwich City 4-0 in the Premier League and then hammered Sporting CP 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week and will look to carry forward the momentum.
Tottenham have hit a rough patch after a solid start to life under manager Antonio Conte. The Italian tactician seemed to have turned the Lilywhites into genuine top-four contenders, but they have lost their last three league games to Chelsea, Southampton and more recently, Wolves. The north London outfit are eighth in the table, six points shy of fourth-placed Manchester United, but they have three games in hand to make up ground.
Manchester City will again be without club-record signing Jack Grealish, who is out with a shin injury. Apart from the England international, Gabriel Jesus and Cole Palmer also miss out, while backup goalkeeper Zack Steffen is also an injury doubt. Kyle Walker is available for selection after missing the midweek game due to suspension.
The England international should walk back into the lineup, slotting in at right-back with Joao Cancelo lining up on the opposite flank. Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte are certain starters at the heart of the Manchester City defence, while there is no looking past Ederson Moraes between the sticks.
Rodri will occupy the holding midfield role and look to help the hosts control the proceedings by recovering and recycling possession in an efficient manner. The creative essence will come from the duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva, with the latter in supreme form. Top goalscorer Riyad Mahrez will occupy the right flank and look to cause problems to Ben Davies, while Raheem Sterling will pose a major threat from the opposite wing. Phil Foden is expected to start in the ‘false-nine’ role for the Premier League leaders.
Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their trip north to Manchester as Eric Dier and Steven Bergwijn are back and available for selection. However, Antonio Conte will have to make do without academy products Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga. Sergio Reguilon was absent from training amid claims of a player testing positive for coronavirus.
The Italian manager will set his team up in a 3-4-3 formation. The visitors will primarily look to sit deep and absorb the pressure while trying to catch Manchester City out on the break. Captain Hugo Lloris is a guaranteed starter between the sticks on Saturday evening. The returning Dier should walk right back into the starting XI, slotting in at the heart of the three-man defence, flanked by Cristian Romero and Ben Davies.
Emerson Royal and Ryan Sessegnon are automatic picks in the wing-back roles on the right and left sides respectively if Reguilon is unavailable. They will be key to providing width for Tottenham when they hit their hosts on the break.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be tasked with curbing the influence of Kevin De Bruyne, with January signing Rodrigo Bentancur expected to partner him in midfield. Moving forward, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min, who scored in the reverse fixture, are certain to feature out wide. They will look to cause problems to the Manchester City defence with their movement and link-up play with the main striker, Harry Kane.