WE'VE joined forced with renowned punter James Cantrill (@JimmyThePunt) to set-up and share our Colossus Premier League Predictor selections ahead of Saturday's Premier League highlight between Man City and Spurs.
What will the Correct Score be?
Fresh off their 4-1 victory at Anfield, I fancy Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Man City side to beat Jose Mourinho’s men, thus denying Spurs’ supremo of a third straight victory over the Citizens.
The likes of Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan will be brimming with confidence following their stellar performances last time out at Liverpool and they will play fundamental roles in unpicking the lock of the bus Jose will inevitably park at The Etihad.
Spurs have secured an impressive haul of points in their games vs the traditional Big Six – including their 2-0 victory in the reverse – however, given the scintillating form City have been in as of late, I think the hosts will get the job done here.
50% of City's home victories this campaign have been by one of the following scorelines; 2-0, 2-1 or 3-0. Therefore, I have decided to cover all three.
Selection: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0
Will a penalty be taken?
With Paul Tierney overseeing this one I can happily dismiss a penalty being awarded. The man in the middle has averaged just 0.07 penalties per-game in the Premier League this season!
Ilkay Gundogan did miss one in City's penultimate game, but I am willing to overlook this.
Will a player be sent off?
In the 14 Premier League games that Tierney has overseen this term, the official has brandished three red cards. In these sides' last six head-to-heads, Zinchenko has been the only player to receive their matching orders.
However, this season, Man City are yet to receive a red and boast the best disciplinary record in the league. Spurs have the third-best record, averaging 1.20 yellows and 0.4 reds per-game.
Will a goal be scored in the 1st half?
In the four most recent Premier League encounters between these sides, 56% of the goals have arrived in the first half. This season, 60% of City’s goals have come before half-time with at least one first half goal scored in four of their six games against the league's elite.
Given how Jose Mourinho sets his stall out in the big games, you would expect the deadlock to remain intact coming into half time. However, that has only been the case in one of Spurs’ encounters versus the Big Six.
In fact, 60% of the goals in Tottenham's matches with the Big Six have come in the first half and I think this game will follow suit.
How many corners will be taken by Manchester City?
No Premier League side has won more corners than Man City, who have accumulated 155 this season at an average of 7.10 per-game.
In their last four games with Spurs, the Citizens have averaged 8.25 per-game and if Spurs deploy a low block here I expect City will enhance that record here. Therefore, I am going to cover 7-8 and 9+.
Selection: 7-8, 9+
How many corners will be taken by Tottenham?
Staggeringly, Tottenham rank 16th in terms of total corners accumulated in the Premier League this season, at an average of just 4.20 per-game.
In Spurs' last four games with City, they have averaged just two corners and did not have a single flagkick in their most recent match-up with Pep's posse.
Tottenham have hit the following tally’s in those tussles; 0-2-2-4, which is why I am covering 0-4 here.
Selection: 0-2, 3-4
How many cards will be shown to Manchester City?
The last six meetings between these sides have seen a total of 22 cards brandished, that is an average of 3.50 per-game, and with one of the Premier League's chief card merchant overseeing this, cards could flow.
Man City have averaged 2.25 cards per-game in the last four head-to-heads, yet have picked up just one caution in their past two games here against Spurs.
Nevertheless, I am going to cover both one and two cards.
How many cards will be shown to Tottenham?
Tottenham have averaged 1.20 yellows this season in the league and they have picked up exactly two cards in three of their last four games with City.
It is also worth noting that Spurs have received one or two yellows in all of their seven games against the Big Six. This is why I am covering both one and two cards.
Selection: 1, 2
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