Spurs v Man City for opening fixture in the 2021/22 Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur FC is set to kick off their 30th season of the Premier League, starting with an opening fixture against previous Premier League winners Manchester City FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Newly appointed Spurs manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, has already given Tottenham supporters high expectations for the game, confirming that “we’re going to be attacking”.
With the COVID-19 restrictions, English football was required to be played behind closed doors, leaving most football stadiums empty of the hundreds of thousands of people who cheer and roar for their favourite Premier League clubs. Now that lockdown has ended, you can get ready to enjoy the first home match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Spurs get stuck in and go head-to-head with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title-holding team.
Spurs vs Man City: The last time they met
Over the past thirty years, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have always provided an entertaining spectacle for their fans.
With Son Heung-min striking his league-leading ninth goal in the fifth minute, he guaranteed Spurs a 2-0 win against Man City. Aymeric Laporte thought he had equalised for City in the first half, but referee Mike Dean overturned the goal due to handball. City pushed for an equaliser after half-time, but Spurs doubled their advantage during the 65th minute courtesy of Giovani Lo Celso. Although Spurs lost their two opening games of the last year’s Premier League season, Spurs got ahead, securing a spot in the top seven.
Man City sat in 10th with 12 points, while Spurs celebrated a fourth successive victory, sending previous manager Jose Mourinho’s side two points above Chelsea the last time Spurs played this fixture at home. The stakes will be high once again, and undoubtedly this fixture will indicate where Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur stand against one another.
Whilst Man City finished the season top of the league, Tottenham Hotspur still maintained a European spot by securing 7th place. Spurs won 18 games in total last year and found the net 68 times. Harry Kane took home the golden boot and most assists after one of his best performances in a Spurs shirt. There is much to be optimistic about at Spurs. The Jose Mourinho era of negativity has passed, and with new signings Bryan Gil and Pierluigi Gollini, Spurs will be challenging for the Champions League.
Spurs transfer news: The Harry Kane saga
Harry Kane is famously one of the best strikers of the modern era and has already acclaimed legend status at Tottenham Hotspur. Kane, despite an ankle injury in 2019, scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League appearances. During last season, Kane became the highest goal scorer with 23 goals in 35 matches, beating the likes of Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy and was recently named as the Premier League Player of the Year at the 2021 London Football Awards.
Kane was the star of the Premier League last season as he secured the Premier League Golden Boot with 23 goals. During the Europa League qualifying, Kane impressed everyone by scoring five times and three times in the Europa League – not forgetting his appearance in the FA Cup and the Carabao cup. After leading England to the Euro 2020 finals, Kane has given England’s side their biggest achievement since reaching the 1966 World Cup Final against West Germany.
However, in recent months, Harry Kane has rumoured to be “hell-bent” on leaving Spurs for a reported fee of £150M to Man City. Pep Guardiola, Man City’s manager, is rumoured to be desperate on signing on the England skipper, as he remains the top choice to replace Sergio Aguero – who has now officially left City to join Barcelona. Other Premier League clubs, such as Chelsea and Manchester United, have also been in touch with Kane’s representatives, expressing an interest in signing the England international.
Spurs value Kane at £150M, preferring cash above players like Gabriel Jesus or Bernardo Silva. This is reflected in Tottenham turning down unspecified players in a one-bid of £100M player exchange by Man City. One thing is for certain; Harry Kane will miss the first few weeks of the Premier League season due to ‘exertion’. At the 2021 London Football Awards, Kane proclaimed his ambition to win ‘team trophies’, although he appreciates the individual accolades he has won in the past. While the transfer is still up in the air, Kane hopes to win silverware for himself and his country.
Will Manchester City defend their Premier League title?
Pep Guardiola’s quest for a fourth league title will result in a thrilling opener as Spurs will be looking to redeem themselves from an underwhelming Premier League season last year. City won the title at a canter, but the likes of Spurs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are expected to close the gap.
Man City was crowned 2020/21 Premier League Champions after Man Utd’s defeat to Leicester- this was Man City’s third title in four years under Pep Guardiola. City’s honours now display three Premier League titles and eight major trophies under Guardiola’s name. City fans will be keen to see what their young star Phil Foden can produce for them this season, after an impressive league campaign and Euros 2020 appearance.
In preparation for the upcoming fixture, Man City has already showcased excellent performance in their pre-season friendly visiting Preston away, resulting in a 2-0 win for City. Kyle Walker and Patrick Roberts will become big-game players, showcasing Man City’s dedication to defending their Premier League title in an away in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs vs Man City expectations
The English Premier League has become the centre of attention for football fans. Expect a tense and competitive season as the Premier League clubs, who did not make appearances last year, attempt to take home the Premier League title. New and youthful faces are expected to arrive during the forthcoming season.
What are the odds of Premier League titans Man City retaining their title? They’re still the odds on favourites at the bookies:
- Oddschecker: 8/11 chances of winning
- Talksport: 8/13 chances of winning
- Grosvenor Casinos: 7/10 chances of winning.
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Will Spurs beat the odds and bring Tottenham Hotspur fans a victory on their opening home match? It is sure to be an action-packed weekend for football fans everywhere!