Spurs host champions City in opening weekend blockbuster


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2021-22 English Premier League

Matchday 1 of 38

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City 

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 
London, England
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Kick-off is at 18:30  
 
Tottenahm Hotspur are set for an early season acid test with Spurs to host defending champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 English Premier League season. 
 
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Spurs have undergone quite a bit of change in build-up to the new season with Nuno Espirito Santo appointed as Jose Mourinho's successor. The former Wolves boss will be hoping to build on their seventh place finish in the league last season. 
 
On the transfer front, the North London club have strengthened their team with the signings of most notably Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero. Toby Alderweireld, Joe Hart, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are among those to have left the club while Gareth Bale has returned to Real Madrid following a fruitful loan spell. 
 
Question marks still remain around Harry Kane's future at the club but Lautaro Martinez has been tipped as a possible replacement for the England captain at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

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City are favourites to sign Kane from Spurs. The Cityzens are still searching for Sergio Aguero's long-term replacement following his move to FC Barcelona and have already bolstered their squad with the big-money signing of Jack Greaslih. 
 
The Manchester club finished 12 points clear atop the Premier League standings last season and will be favourites to defend their crown, but defeat to Chelsea and Leicester City in their two most recent competitive outings will worry Pep Guardiola - even if he won't admit it. 
 
"The players will be better next Sunday," the CIty manager said following their defeat to Leicester in the Community Shield this past weekend. "Before the international break we want to get as many points as possible to be there and after week by week, I am pretty sure we will be better

“What I saw today I am incredibly confident for the season.

“I saw many good things. We didn’t play badly. I said to the guys how proud I am. But this business you must win. So we congratulate the opponent and think about next week.”
 
Manchester City Jack Grealish
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Spurs beat City 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season before losing 3-0 at Etihad Stadium and 1-0 to the Cityzens in the Carabao Cup final.  
 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City head-to-head statistics:

 
Matches played: 145
Tottenham Hotspur wins: 55
Manchester City wins: 58
Draws: 32
 

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 1

 
Friday, 13 August 2021
 
22:00 - Brentford vs Arsenal 
 
Saturday, 14 August 2021
 
14:30 - Manchester United vs Leeds United
17:00 - Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 
17:00 - Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 
17:00 - Watford vs Aston Villa 
17:00 - Everton vs Southampton 
17:00 - Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion
19:30 - Norwich City vs Liverpool 
 
Sunday, 15 August 2021
 
16:00 - Newcastle United vs West Ham United 
18:30 - Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City 
 

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Published: 08/10/2021