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Tottenham vs Man City: It’s Harry Kane vs Sergio Agüero in the battle of the Prem’s top scorers

01 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Tottenham vs Man City: It’s Harry Kane vs Sergio Agüero in the battle of the Prem’s top scorers

Both sides will be disappointed with their campaigns, but all eyes will be on the league's two hottest strikers at White Hart Lane

The season started with such hope for both Tottenham and Manchester City, but as we canter into May and the final furlong of this term it is a case of ‘target missed’ for both clubs.

City came into 2014/15 as reigning champions after Manuel Pellegrini married style to stubbornness to see off Liverpool’s surprise challenge. It had been a double for the Chilean boss in his first season in England as City also picked up the Capital One Cup.

If his first year was a success, the target was clear for his second: retain the title and finally push on to the latter stages of the Champions League.

Despite making it out of the group stage, the round of 16 was as far as City got in Europe – undone by a resurgent Barcelona.

And as for retaining the title? With four games left they are 10 points off leaders Chelsea. Second is the best they can hope for now, but they will have a fight on their hands from Arsenal – and even Manchester United – for that.

As for Tottenham, their aim was the same as it has been for the last five years: finish in the top four and reach the Champions League.

To achieve this, chairman Daniel Levy installed a shiny new manager at White Hart Lane in the shape of Mauricio Pochettino, poached from Southampton after he led the south coast side to an impressive eighth place finish playing the kind of easy-on-the-eye style of football that Spurs fans demand.

Argentine Pochettino was billed as the man who would finally get compatriot Erik Lamela firing on all cylinders, and power the side to the top four.

Fast-forward nine months and again, it hasn’t quite worked out as planned. The club currently sit sixth, seven points off Manchester United in fourth.

Meanwhile, Lamela has shown flashes of the form that convinced Spurs to pay Roma upwards of £25million for him, but as things stand he has just five goals.

Pochettino’s real success has of course been the emergence of Harry Kane into bonafide goal machine. With 20 in the Premier League so far this season, he is only one behind top scorer Sergio Agüero.

On Sunday the pair will go head-to-head in their own personal battle to be top of the scoring charts come the end of term.

So other than those two grabbing the ball every time there is a free-kick within 40 yards of goal, what can we expect from the match?

Form-wise, it’s poor form in this fixture vs poor form in general.

For title contenders, City’s recent run has been nothing short of shocking: they have lost six of their last ten matches as the wheels have fallen off the City wagon. 

Spurs’ form is a little better than that, but it is the recent head-to-head record between these two sides that should set the alarm bells off in Pochettino’s office.

In their last three matches against City, Spurs have lost 4-1, 5-1 and 6-0. In their last nine matches, they have just one win against the Citizens.

That doesn’t auger well for the home side, but given City’s recent struggles, this one could well finish all square, with Kane and Agüero on the scoresheet.