Sterling's eight goals and more in aiming to continue a fantastic record vs Spurs

Sterling and Guardiola face Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur this weekend looking to extend record-breaking form as well as ending winless run of three against Spurs.

Raheem Sterling will be hoping to continue Manchester City's impressive form when the Citizens host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side have won their last 15 games on the bounce - the latest coming against Swansea City in the FA Cup.

Sterling, the only player to have scored more than 100 goals under Guardiola's management after Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, managed to get on the score sheet last time out.

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The England international will be hoping to continue his recent form against Tottenham, who they face for the 162nd time in all competitions.

The fixture has been relatively even in its history, with both teams claiming wins on 63 occasions; 36 games have ended in a draw.

Jose Mourinho's Spurs have won the last two meetings, something Sterling and co will be looking to change.

Here's a look at the stats that matter.

Stat Attack

Sterling has made 16 appearances against Spurs, registering eight goals and three assists.

Spurs are unbeaten against Man City in their last three games, winning two (2-0 on both occasions) and drawing the other.

This season, the Etihad-outfit have averaged 2.12 goals per league games, with the north London club averaging 2.22 goals.

Sterling has eight goals to his name this season in the Premier League, three of which have come in as many games.

Memorable Matches

Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

17 August 2019

Premier League

This was the last time that Guardiola's men avoided defeat at the hands of Tottenham.

It was Sterling who opened the scoring in this Premier League classic after 20 minutes. The Englishman headed a scrumptious cross by Kevin De Bruyne past Hugo Lloris to net for the Sky Blues.

Tottenham did however, hit back just three minutes later courtesy of Erik Lamela's 25-yard controlled finish - a shot that caught City 'keeper Ederson off guard.

Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of football and is most known for his heated rivalry with Spurs' Jose Mourinho
Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of football and is most known for his heated rivalry with Spurs' Jose Mourinho

Aguero restored City's lead going into half-time after converting De Bruyne's low cross but Spurs would respond in the second-half with Lucas Moura - who is responsible for one of the defining moments in European football history - headed home Lamela's inviting corner.

Despite VAR controversy in stoppage time, the game would end 2-2, a result which contributed to Man City surrendering the Premier League title to Liverpool.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur

17 April 2019

UEFA Champions League

This was a night that will be remembered for the wrong reasons for those with a Man City allegiance.

Going into the second-leg of the quarter-final tie, Spurs had a slender lead after winning 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. As expected, City came firing out and levelled the aggregate score thanks to a tidy finish from Sterling.

Spurs responded instantly with two goals in 10 pulsating minutes of action. Both goals came from the right boot of Heung-min Son; firstly managing to slip a driven shot under Ederson, and secondly crisply curling a shot from the edge of the box and into the top corner.

The game changed complexion again just one minute later, this time with Bernado Silva's effort deflected off Danny Rose to equalise for City. Sterling grabbed a second to swing the pendulum back in the favour of Guardiola's side to make it 3-2 on the night, and 3-3 on aggregate.

Aguero looked to have sealed City's progress in the competition after firing home in the 59th minute but there was still time for one more twist. Fernando Llorente ended Guardiola's hope of a historic quadruple, scoring from Kieran Trippier's corner.

Fernando Llorente was the unexpected hero for Tottenham as he helped them progress into the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2019
Fernando Llorente was the unexpected hero for Tottenham as he helped them progress into the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2019

Sterling thought he had won it for City in injury time only for VAR to rule it out for offside. Spurs went on to reach the final, but were beaten 2-0 by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

14 April 2018

Premier League

City were in fine form on this night as they marched towards their third Premier League title, and a first for Guardiola.

Jesus opened the scoring after 22 minutes before doubling their lead with Ilkay Gundogan netting from the penalty spot.

Christian Eriksen offered some hope for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, when his initial blocked shot ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte before back onto the Danish playmaker and past Ederson.

It was Sterling who made the final stages comfortable for City, as he slammed the ball home from close range after Lloris could only parry a shot at the feet of the Englishman from Jesus' original shot.

Raheem Sterling has won two Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup since moving to Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015
Raheem Sterling has won two Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup since moving to Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015

Man City went on to break the record for the most points in a Premier League season with 100 points.

Tip for the Fixture

Sterling is in scintillating scoring form and he could make you look silly if you back against him. The 26-year-old is 11/10 to score at any time with Paddy Power (price correct at the time of writing but could change).

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