Football Super Series preview: Tottenham v Man City
Check out the latest Opta stats ahead of Sunday’s Football Super Series clash
The Premier League returns this weekend, with defending champions Manchester City getting their title defence underway in London against Tottenham Hotspur.
Ahead of the action, we’ve got all of the latest stats, powered by Opta, to give you all the info you need.
Last season saw 1143 cards brandished by Premier League referees (1095 yellows & 48 red – 3 cards per game), the lowest tally in an English top-flight season since 2004-05 (1075 – 2.8 cards per game). However, the 48 reds that were brandished in 2020-21 were the most seen in a Premier League campaign since 2015-16 (59).
While only Aston Villa’s Premier League games produced more cards last season (143 – 3.8 per game) than Tottenham’s (133 – 3.5 per game), Manchester City as a team were the second-best behaved side in the competition last term with regards to cards shown (48 in total, 46 yellows & 2 reds – 1.3 per game), behind only Liverpool (40 – 1.1 per game).
The Premier League averaged 10.2 corners per game last campaign (3857 in total), the lowest total in a Premier League season since Opta started recording this metric in 2003-04.
Top-flight champions Manchester City averaged 6.5 corners per game in 2020-21 (247 in total), only Liverpool averaged more (6.8 per game) while Spurs took 4.4 corners per game in the Premier League last term (168 in total) and were one of only three sides in the top 10 to face more corners (201) than they took (168), alongside Everton and West Ham.
City’s haul of 16 corners against Aston Villa in January meanwhile was a season high for one side in a single Premier League game last campaign.
Opening Goal Scorer
Harry Kane finished last season as both the top goalscorer and top assister in the top-flight, and the England man was a fast starter in games, scoring the opening goal in eight different Premier League fixtures, more than any other player.
Son Heung-Min will be hoping to continue his good run of form against City, with the Spurs attacker scoring six goals in his last 10 appearances against Manchester City in all competitions, netting in all three games against the Citizens at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium (3 goals), including the opener and winner in April 2019 (1-0 in the UEFA Champions League) and the opener in November 2020 (2-0 in the Premier League).
Raheem Sterling will be looking to cement his place in City’s starting line-up from the start of the season. No City player scored the opening goal in more Premier League games last season than Sterling (6 – level with Ilkay Gündogan), while in his professional club career he only has more goals against Bournemouth (11) and Watford (10) than against Spurs (8).
City’s top goal scorer last term Ilkay Gündogan netted a brace in their 3-0 victory against Tottenham at the Etihad back in February, while he has only scored more goals against West Brom (5) in the Premier League than he has versus Spurs (4). He did however miss a penalty in this exact fixture in 2019-20 as the Lilywhites ran out 2-0 winners.
Tottenham have faced Manchester City in their opening top-flight match of the season on three previous occasions, losing none of those matches in 1990-91 (3-1 win), 1995-96 (1-1 draw) and 2010-11 (0-0 draw).
Manchester City have lost 15 away Premier League matches against Spurs, including in the last two seasons, losing 2-0 in both matches. They have only lost more away Premier League matches against Liverpool (16) than they have against the north Londoners.
In all competitions, Tottenham have won just three of their last 12 meetings with Manchester City (D2 L7), losing each of the last two without scoring, including last season’s League Cup final.
Expect goals in this clash, with the last goalless draw between Tottenham and Manchester City coming all the way back in August 2010 in the Premier League, with the two sides facing each other 24 times since then in all competitions.