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Tottenham v Manchester City: Match Preview

  • Tottenham v Manchester City: Match Preview

League leaders Manchester City face a rejuvenated Tottenham side who have won their last two and haven’t conceded in their last three Premier League games.


Late goals against Sunderland & Crystal Palace has given Potchettino’s side a much needed morale boost, however there is still a lingering concern over where his team’s goals will come from with Harry Kane yet to get off the mark for the season.

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Despite their improved league form they were knocked out of  The Capital One Cup at the hands of their North London rivals Arsenal. City were in action the day before and cruised past an ever more hapless Sunderland 4-1 at The Stadium of Light.


City have a good record against Tottenham having only lost once in their previous 10 meetings. They've notched 16 goals in the last four games against Spurs, only conceding 2 in response.



Team News


Pellegrini had the luxury of resting key players in the trip to Sunderland. Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Eliaqium Mangala, Aleksander Kolarov, Fernandinho and David Silva are all likely to return at the weekend.


Pochettino made 8 changes to the team that faced Arsenal from the one that beat Crystal Palace at the weekend. He will likely welcome back Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweild, Ben Davies, Deli Alli and Son Heuing-min.


Son Heung-min is proving himself to be a fan favourite at White Hart Lane already since his arrival whilst Cristian Eriksen has been sidelined. The Dane started against Arsenal but will have to settle for a place on the bench against City. Erik Lamela has continued to disappoint and may find himself dropped for the returning England winger Andros Townsend.


Predicted Teams:


Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Alderwield, Davies; Alli, Dier, Chadli, Townsend, Son; Kane


Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero


Predicted Outcome: 


I think City will edge it in a low scoring affair. They've got a great record at White Hart Lane and Tottenham only edged past Sunderland and Crystal Palace by a single goal. Spurs will be relying on the performances of Eric Dier and Deli Alli in the centre of midfield to quell City's attacking movement if they want to take anything away from this game. Kevin De Bruyne will be a major player for the Blues after performing well down the middle in Silva's absence. Even though the Tottenham back line has been performing well City offer a completely different challenge with a threat from all over the pitch and I expect them to be too hot to handle. 2-0 City


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