Consent Preferences Spurs Odyssey Premier League match preview - Spurs v Manchester City, 14.05.24
Spurs Odyssey Banner

Over 25 years of archives at Spurs Odyssey

Main Page
News and views from Paul Smith, and links to the interactive features of the Spurs Odyssey Site. [more..]
Articles, reports, views, opinions, comments and other features all related to Spurs. [more..]

Harry Hotspur's Tribute Pages to the late great Bill Nicholson

A Commemorative plate that was issued to celebrate the Spurs Double Season

Match Reports
Thanks for visiting Spurs Odyssey!

Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Manchester City, 14.05.24

. Last season's game - Spurs 1 Man City 0, 05.02.23
. This season's away game - Man City 3 Spurs 3, 03.12.23
. Premier League Matchday 37 - last year
See the current injury list for all Premier League Teams
. All the Spurs Stats you could hope for here! THFC6061 Sports Stats

Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          26 17  3  6   39 -27  54
Away          27 11  5 11   38- 50  38
Total(Prem)   53 28  8 17   77 -76  92  1.74 pts per game
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   46 21 13 12   84 -59  58
Away(Div 1)   46  7 11 28   39 -90  24
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    2  0  1  1    2 - 3   1
Away(Div 2)    2  0  0  2    0 - 3   0
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Total(Prem)   53 28  8 17   77 -76  92
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  149 56 33 60  202-229 175

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     WLLLLW
Spurs      3-1    Nottm Fst
Newcastle  4-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-3    Arsenal
Chelsea    2-0    Spurs
Liverpool  4-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Burnley

Man City    -     WWWWWW

C. Palace  2-4    Man City
Man City   5-1    Luton
Brighton   0-4    Man City 
Nottm Fst  0-2    Man City
Man City   5-1    Wolves
Fulham     0-4    Man City

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts
2. Man City  36 26  7  3  91-33   58   85
5. Spurs     36 19  6 11  71-59   12   63

To cheer or not to cheer, that is the question!

Welcome to N17

After Aston Villa salvaged a 3-3 at home to Liverpool tonight there is still a chance that Spurs could pip the Midland team for the final Champions League place. Bearing in mind the goal difference, Villa would have to lose their final game away to in-form Crystal Palace, while Spurs would have to beat both Manchester City and Sheffield United. Arguably, Villa could draw their game and we could rack up a big score at Bramall Lane. This is all in the realms of fantasy, of course, as City will beat us and maintain control of their race with Arsenal for the Premier League title, won't they?

For many Spurs fans there is a massive dilemma, because such fans want City to win and to conquer our nemesis from the wrong end of Seven Sisters Road. Ange Postecoglou scoffs at such an idea, and insists his team will go all out to beat City. To cheer or not to cheer, that is the question! I'll be cheering for Spurs. A win on Sunday is not guaranteed and there is a European place to be secured yet.

This match is being played on the 43rd anniversary of our wonderful 3-2 FA Cup Final win of 1981 over Manchester City. Ricky Villa was seen with Ossie Ardiles at the Womens' Cup Final, and I understand he was also at the Burnley game. Perhaps Ricky will be our half-time guest tomorrow! (8pm SKY)

This will be our 150th league meeting with City.

This game was originally scheduled for FA Cup semi-final weekend. Pep Guardiola's side reached a record sixth successive FA Cup semi-final when they beat Newcastle in the quarter-final. By beating Chelsea they reached another FA Cup Final which will be a second successive all Manchester Final. City won 2-1 last year and United fans must fear a bigger defeat this year. City will be looking for an eighth FA Cup win in their thirteenth final.

City are also looking for a fourth successive Premier League title. No club has achieved such a feat in English top flight football. Those who have won three consecutive titles are Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United (twice), and of course City. Between them the Manchester clubs won four consecutive titles (two apiece) from 2011-14.

Since Kyle Walker left Spurs in July 2017, Manchester City have won 5 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup, 2 FA Cups , and 4 League Cups.

When we played City in December, it was the third time we had started a game without an English player. The first occasion had been at Brighton in January 2021. The second had been the week before the City game, at home to Aston Villa.

There was controversy in the 3-3 draw because referee Simon Hooper made a huge error blowing up for a foul when City were through on goal, with Erling ­Haaland leading the angry protests that led to a Football Association charge for failure to control players.

When we drew 3-3 at The Etihad in December, I wrote, "Spurs (still decimated by injuries and the suspension of Cristian Romero) were at risk of matching or attaining unenviable records. They might have lost four Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2004. They could have become the first team since Sheffield United in 1971 to go undefeated for 10 league games before losing their next four matches. Finally, they were at risk of losing four consecutive games after scoring first. None of those things happened. I and other observers learned a life lesson. Never, ever give up hope, and always keep the faith."

Son scored our 200th league goal against City in this away game. Since he signed for us in August 2015, Son has played in 18 games and scored 8 times against City (up to and including 03.12.23)

Son became the fifth player to register a goal, assist, and own goal in the same @premierleague game:-

Kevin Davies v Aston Villa, Dec 2008
Wayne Rooney v Stoke City, Oct 2012
Gareth Bale v Liverpool, Nov 2012
Jacob Ramsey v Man Utd, Nov 2022
Son Heung-min v Man City, 03.12.23

In our home FA Cup Fourth round tie on 26th January Nathan Ake ended Manchester City's goal drought at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, scoring in their sixth match at the ground against Spurs and from their 102nd shot across those visits.

When Erling Haaland scored five of City's six FA Cup Fifth round goals at Luton in February, it was the most scored by a player in an FA Cup tie for a top-flight club since George Best buried six past Northampton Town for Manchester United in 1970. Haaland was upset when he was substituted in City's recent 5-1 win over Wolves, having scored the first four goals. He was clearly looking for a fifth!

Phil Foden - now aged 23 (24 on 28th May) - made his Premier League debut for City on 16th December 2017 at The Etihad as an 83rd minute substitute. Foden had already been given a couple of Champions League outings. Foden has now made 162 Premier League appearances for City and has scored 52 goals in those games. His first Premier League goal was scored against Spurs - again at The Etihad - in their 1-0 league win in April 2019. This game followed Spurs dramatic Champions League quarter-final win three days earlier. Foden took no part on that game.

Foden who now has 33 senior caps for England, scored his third Premier League hat-trick in City's 4-1 win over Aston Villa on April 3rd. His first hat-trick had been in last season's 63 win over Manchester United.

Harry Kane scored his record-breaking 267th club goal in our 1-0 home win last season. On the other hand, Erling Haaland failed to have a single attempt on goal in a game for Manchester City for the first time, while this was the second occasion he failed to have a touch in the opposition box as a City player (also vs Borussia Dortmund in October 2022).

Depending on which version you play, most people at least one or two City players in their fantasy football team. My Telegraph team has four - Walker, Foden, Haaland and Alvarez. My predicted result is no fantasy - 2-1 to City. The Spurs injury list has grown with both Richarlison and Bissouma confirmed as missing the last two games. Micky van de Ven at left back, anybody? Yes please.

Chris Kavanagh is our match referee for the 15th time and for the third time this season. His previous matches this season were our 4-1 home win over Newcastle and the 4-0 away win against Villa!

Did you know? -Tottenham have rescued 25 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, their most in a single campaign in the competition (previously 24 in 2010-11). Indeed, only Liverpool (28) have come from behind to win more points in the Premier League this term than Spurs.

Top of page | Index to 2023-24 Match Reports

Last season's match
Read the full report of the corresponding fixture from last season here
Search Spurs Odyssey &/or The Web!


Fixtures, appearances, current league table, form guide, reserves fixtures, and Spurs Honours. [more..]
Find match reports, appearances, goalscorers and features from previous seasons. [more..]
Pick of the Week
Selected Spurs related sites are highlighted in this section. [more..]
View a comprehensive list of links to other Spurs related sites. (With a few extras) [more..]
About this site
Site Owner
Paul Smith

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Full details van be found via the Spurs Odyssey Privacy Policy