Tottenham Hotspur travel to Manchester City on the back of an impressive winning run that is sure to be put the test against Guardiola’s superstars. Although their recent form has been inconsistent (much like their entire season, thus far), nothing should be taken for granted when coming up against a City team with the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero looking to put things right – especially away from home.
Tale of The Tape:
Pochettino’s Spurs travel to Manchester on Saturday with the ideal tempo as the Lilywhites have won their last six games, seven in all competitions, which has seen them now move up to second in the league – slightly ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, yet there’s some distance between second and first in the table.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on the other hand are slowly starting to slip down the table. After their 4-0 loss on Merseyside last weekend, Pep Guardiola surprisingly seems to have thrown in the towel in regards to the Premier League title race. Should Spurs win on Saturday evening, it will add further complications for the already depleted City side.
Spurs have won the last three league meetings against City – scoring eight goals and only conceding twice in the process. An unusual (yet pleasant!) surprise considering the impressive record that City held over Spurs before that.
After his unfortunate injury against WBA last weekend, Jan Vertonghen misses out for the first time this season. Pochettino revealed that the injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and that the Belgian is expected to miss only six weeks.
Erik Lamela however is still sidelined. Pochettino spoke of his concerns regarding Lamela’s injury admitting that he has grown frustrated, as well as Lamela has himself. The Argentine has been out of action since the end of October and it is unclear when he will be back with the first team again.
Gabriel Jesus was announced a City player during the week and has been given the green light to join up with his new teammates after his £27m move from Palmeiras. He could start on the bench.
Fernandinho misses out for City following his red card against Burnley a fortnight ago – ruling him out of this fixture as a part of a three game ban.
Predicted Manchester City XI:
Bravo; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy; Zabaleta, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; Kane
Prediction: Manchester City 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Hopefully Spurs can take advantage of City’s recent form and utilise this opportunity to make a big statement in the title race. A win at Manchester City would push City further out of the title picture, whilst highlighting ourselves as serious contenders for a first league title in five decades. It won’t be easy, but here’s hoping.
COME ON YOU SPURS!