Tottenham Hotspur will begin their 2021/22 Premier League campaign against reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo will be without any of Spurs’ new signings in his first game in charge of the club, with Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero both ruled out, due to Olympic exploits and injury respectively.
Spurs striker Harry Kane, a transfer target for Man City, is unlikely to start against Pep Guardiola’s side, but he may start from the bench having trained with the group on Friday.
Academy graduates Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp are likely to start on Sunday, with Son Heung-Min said to start in attack.
So, what line-up will Nuno select for the season opener? And, what could the final score be?
We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction for Spurs vs Man City on Sunday, and this is what happened…
Spurs vs Man City score predicted by FIFA 21
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 21, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
And because FIFA 22 is yet to be released with updated kits and transfers, we used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update Man City’s and Spurs’ squads with the latest transfers made as of August 12, 2021, but unfortunately, the kits are still from last season.
As for Spurs, we predict that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Lucas, Alli, Bergwijn; Son.
We predict that Pep Guardiola could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy; Bernardo, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish.
Spurs were sluggish out of the blocks and allowed City to push high up the pitch and press, eventually leading to the first goal of the game.
Gundogan won possession and started a counter-attack by fizzing the ball to Riyad Mahrez on the right. The Algerian beat his man, pulled the ball back to Bernardo Silva, and the midfielder made no mistake in firing past Hugo Lloris at his near post.
The domination in the first half continued for City, but they couldn’t find that final pass and when they did – the chance came to nothing.
Spurs came inches away from a wonder goal when a cleared corner fell to Lucas on the edge of the box, but his venomous volley was met by an outstretched Ederson who made a brilliant save to keep his side in the lead.
City went into the break on top and in the lead, however, they came out a completely different team in the second half, with Spurs taking control as the game went on.
It should’ve been all level with 20 minutes to go when substitute Harry Winks was in front of an open goal, but the midfielder hesitated with his shot and somehow scuffed his effort wide of the post.
As the final whistle approached, Spurs found themselves in complete control, and they grabbed an equaliser late on through Moura.
The winger lost Benjamin Mendy at the far post and snuck in behind the City backline to meet Heung-Min Son’s cross, and his acrobatic effort flew past Ederson to draw the game level.
The referee blew the whistle for full-time moments later, with the points being shared at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what looked like two points dropped for Guardiola’s side.
FIFA 21 predicted score: Spurs 1-1 Man City
These were the full-time match stats:
FIFA 21 predicts that despite Kane not starting this game and having to withstand a lot of first-half pressure from Man City, Spurs could grab a positive result in this game and avoid defeat in their opening game of the season.
What do you think the score will be between Spurs and Manchester City on Sunday? Let us know in the comments!
The successor to FIFA 21, FIFA 22, will be released in the UK and worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Source by Football London