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Record Breaking Man City Face Yet Another Real Test

Tottenham will provide Man City with a stern test at the Etihad on Saturday evening as the host look to extend consecutive win to 16

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Manchester City will be hosting last season’s second placed Tottenham at the Etihad later in the evening and this will prove another real test for the Man City team that have won a record breaking 15 consecutive games in Premier League.
Tottenham were the only Chelsea real rival in the race for Premier League title last season and while they are yet to produce same form that saw them challenge last season, they are still a force to reckon with. Last season, Tottenham smashed four points off Guardiola’s men in Premier League and while City understand the need to take the game very serious, Tottenham would be looking to close the gap on third placed Chelsea.
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Manchester City breezed past Swansea (4-0) in midweek, setting a new Premier League (PL) record for consecutive wins! Fifteen is the new magical number, and with the impressive win against Swansea, they have taken 49 out of a possible 51 points this season! 49 points from the 17 opening matches of the season is a record on its own – the best ever start to an English top-flight season.
When floated the obvious questions about complacency after setting such a record, coach Pep Guardiola was adamant speaking to the clubs website: “That is not going to happen,” he said. “We are so demanding for our players. We can lose, we can drop points but complacency, never happened in the past, the present or the future.”
In this match they welcome a revitalized Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad stadium. The Londoners have won two on the bounce after an uncharacteristic four match run without a win. All is not well for Harry Kane and the rest, however, as they are without a win in four away matches (D1, L3). Can they turn it around against Guardiola’s beautiful beast?
Eleven of the 20 teams in PL have one player or more that has scored 5+ goals this season. City alone have six, underlining what a team effort the first-half of their season has been. They have scored just over three goals per game so far, which in comparison is close to a goal more PER MATCH than the second best team in the league.
Given the recent history between the teams, it would be safe to expect an entertaining match. Over the last ten H2H matches in the PL, there have been 39 goals scored (3.9 on average per match), while the referees have been busy handing out 47 yellow cards (4.7 per match) and two reds.
Watch out, Kun is about! If Sergio Aguero starts the match, he is sure to be confident: in 11 games against Spurs he’s bagged ten goals, and assisted two more.

 

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