Spurs vs City Match Preview
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Match preview by Richard Swarbrick
Prediction: Spurs 2-3 City
Here's a stat that may surprise you: Tottenham Hotspur's net spend on players for the past five years is just £5.5m, compared to Manchester City's £402.5m over the same period. The average net spend of Premier League clubs during this time is £110m and only Swansea have spent less than Spurs.
Of course 'net spend' is not the only measure of a company's accounts but it's a surprising statistic none the less considering Spurs have, in recent years, out performed Manchester United (net spend of £392.5m), Chelsea (£244m) and Liverpool (£125m).
Tottenham's £5.5m spend is dwarfed by the figures released by clubs who are not not perceived to be big spenders: Sunderland £73m, Leicester £88m and Arsenal £205m.
So how have Spurs achieved this? Perhaps the answer lies in the number of youth players brought through by Mauricio Pochettino. Young players tend to cost little or nothing and Daniel Levy is a master at extracting the maximum fee for those who are sold.
Three of these young players Kane, Rose and Dier are all expected to miss the visit of Manchester City this afternoon. Spurs are also missing Moussa Dembélé so Mauricio Pochettino is likely to stick with the same 4-2-3-1 formation he employed against CSKA Moscow, with Lamela, Eriksen and the in form Heung-Min Son playing behind Janssen and in front of Alli and Wanyama. I would like to see an appearance by Kévin N'Koudou whose pace could potentially trouble Manchester City's high line. Every Spurs fan will be desperate to see more of 17 year old Marcus Edwards, who's brief cameo against Gillingham very much lived up to the hype. Edwards was recently described by Pochettino as being "like Messi".
In this, the game of the big spenders vs the right little savers, I think City will be too strong for Spurs. To my calculation, based on net spend over a five year period, Manchester City should beat Tottenham 73 - 0, anything less than that will be a victory to Spurs.