Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

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Manchester City midfielder Mateo Kovacic has returned to training following injury but Matheus Nunes is likely to remain out.

John Stones will be involved in the matchday squad and could make his first appearance since 7 November.

Rodrigo Bentancur’s long-term injury means that Tottenham are missing 10 players for this fixture.

Yves Bissouma is available following a ban but Cristian Romero serves the final game of a three-match suspension.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester City have lost just two of their past 13 Premier League home games against Tottenham.
  • However, Tottenham have won five of the seven most recent league meetings, having triumphed in just four of the previous 19.
  • Spurs have defeated Manchester City six times in the Premier League since Pep Guardiola joined the club in 2016 – the most of any team.

Manchester City

  • Manchester City could go three consecutive league matches without a win for the first time since a run of four from March to April 2017.
  • They have drawn their last two league fixtures despite going ahead in both. City haven’t gone ahead in three games in a row and failed to win since November 2009, in draws against Burnley, Liverpool and Hull City.
  • City are winless in four of their last seven Premier League games, having only failed to win four of the previous 26 matches.
  • They have failed to win back-to-back Premier League fixtures for a third time in 2023, as many instances as in the previous three years combined (2020-2022).
  • The Blues have lost only one of their last 48 home games in all competitions, while they are unbeaten in 27.
  • Erling Haaland netted his 50th Premier League goal in last week’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, doing so in 48 appearances – the fewest of any player.
  • Haaland has scored against 20 of the 21 sides he has faced in the Premier League, with the exception of one game against Brentford.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in the last 42 competitive matches in which Rodri has played since a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Spurs in February 2023.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Tottenham have lost their last three Premier League matches, having been unbeaten in their previous 11 (W9, D2).
  • The last Spurs manager to lose four in a row was David Pleat between March and April 2004.
  • Tottenham are just the third team in English top-flight history to remain unbeaten in their opening 10 games of a season and then have three consecutive defeats, emulating Huddersfield Town in 1924-25 and Sheffield United in 1971-72. The Terriers won their 14th league fixture and went on to win the title.
  • Spurs’ record of eight wins, two draws and three defeats is the same as they had after 13 Premier League matches of last season. They lost 2-1 at home against Liverpool in their 14th league fixture.
  • They could lose four successive Premier League matches for the first time since a run of six from October to November 2004.
  • Tottenham scored the opening goal in all three defeats in their current losing streak – no Premier League team has ever scored first and lost four games in a row.
  • Spurs have won four of their 31 Premier League away matches versus the reigning champions, with all four victories occurring in the last 10 seasons.
  • They have scored in 25 consecutive league games for the first time since a run of 26 from November 1986 to April 1987.
  • Son Heung-min has scored seven Premier League goals against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Only Mohamed Salah (11) and Jamie Vardy (9) have scored more.
  • Son has scored Premier League away goals against Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool when they had won the title in the previous campaign. No player has ever scored on the road against four different reigning champions.
  • Spurs have conceded multiple goals in nine of the last 10 Premier League fixtures without Cristian Romero.

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