Lilywhite meets Sky Blue in a top of the table clash that could end up having profound implications for the destination of the Premier League title, even at such an early stage. Pep Guardiola’s City have looked unstoppable at times, winning every league game so far, but Spurs are undefeated and lie in second: something will have to give at White Hart Lane. The league’s most prolific attack visits the league’s most stubborn defence.
Tale of the Tape:
History tells us that this is a near-impossible fixture to predict. There has only been one draw between the pair since 2004. City have won 8 of the last 11 meetings, but since Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Tottenham the record stands at two wins apiece, including a glorious Lilywhite double last season.
City’s recent league form is unblemished, but they did concede thrice in a draw at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. Spurs impressively defeated CSKA 1-0 in Moscow, with another goal from the on-fire Heung-Min Son, to get their European hopes back on track.
City have a four-point buffer which ensures that they will remain top whatever the outcome tomorrow, whilst Spurs know that anything less than a win will leave them susceptible to the plethora of chasing teams behind them.
The hosts remain without Harry Kane, suffering from an ankle ligament injury sustained against Sunderland; the timescale on his return remains unclear. Pochettino will have to make late decisions on Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko, who all missed the Russia trip but did return to training at various points in the week.
The sensational Kevin de Bruyne could be a big miss for the visitors after picking up a minor hamstring injury last weekend, as fellow attacking midfielder Nolito also serves the last match of his domestic suspension. Fabian Delph and captain Vincent Kompany remain sidelined.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Alli, Janssen
Predicted Manchester City XI:
Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester City