Stats show us we can expect an avalanche of goals once again when Manchester City host Tottenham in Sunday’s vital Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium (kick-off 4.15pm).
Captain Vincent Kompany is back in contention for Manchester City.
Kompany has played just nine minutes of City’s last 20 games because of a calf injury and his return coincides with news that playmaker David Silva has shaken off an ankle problem.
On the downside, midfielder Fabian Delph (Achilles) faces six to seven weeks out and right-back Bacary Sagna (knee) is also missing this weekend. Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas and Kevin De Bruyne are also still sidelined.
Dele Alli is expected to return to the starting line-up for Spurs.
Alli was named on the bench for the win over Watford last weekend after feeling dizzy against Norwich, but the 19-year-old has come through tests and is fit to play.
Clinton Njie and Jan Vertonghen, however, both remain sidelined with knee injuries.
Kick-off at the Etihad Stadium is at 4.15pm.
- The last nine Premier League games between these two sides have seen 41 goals scored.
- Manchester City have won eight and lost two of the last 10 Premier League meetings with Tottenham, including victories in the last five in a row at the Etihad Stadium.
- Mauricio Pochettino has defeated a Manuel Pellegrini side just once in 12 meetings between the two in the Premier League or La Liga (W1 D2 L9), but it came earlier this season.
- In fact, Manchester City have not beaten any side currently in the top six of the Premier League table this season (W0 D3 L4).
- Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in eight Barclays Premier League appearances against Tottenham Hotspur.
- Aguero has scored the most goals from outside the box this season in the Premier League (4) despite only hitting the target seven times from long range.
- Aguero’s minutes per goal rate of one every 108.2 minutes is the best of any player with at least five goals scored in Premier League history.
- Manchester City have scored the highest proportion of goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season (23%).
- Tottenham have conceded a league-low one goal from outside the box in the Premier League in 2015-16.
- Dele Alli has had a hand in 11 goals in his last 14 Premier League games for Spurs (six goals, five assists).