Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, September 26 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Spurs 3/1 – Draw 11/4 – Man City 5/6
Both sides come into the game after midweek League Cup clashes but they experienced contrasting emotions. City eased past Sunderland by a 4-1 scoreline, while Spurs lost 2-1 to fierce rivals Arsenal on home soil on Wednesday night and will be looking to bounce back quickly.
The Lilywhites have won back-to-back games by a 1-0 scoreline against Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League to give fans some confidence after a slow start but they are in for a real test on Saturday against the top side in English football right now.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P6 – W2 – D3 – L1Embed from Getty Images
City lead the Premier League after six games and were cruising until last week’s shock 2-1 home defeat to West Ham. That loss ended an 11-game winning streak over the backend of last season and start of this one so they will be looking to bounce back immediately to prevent increased pressure falling upon them.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have beaten Spurs in the past four meetings. They won 1-0 at White Hart Lane in May thanks to a Sergio Aguero goal and have only conceded twice in those four matches.
Manchester City’s Premier League record: P6 – W5 – D0 – L1Embed from Getty Images
City will undoubtedly be favourites to win here but Spurs will be out to prove their worth, especially after the disappointment of losing to Arsenal on Wednesday. That should ensure entertainment and goals could come thick and fast.
Tottenham will still be without Nabil Bentaleb, while fellow midfielders Ryan Mason and Moussa Dembele are both doubts too. Christian Eriksen is fit once again after playing 90 minutes against Arsenal on Wednesday, while Harry Kane will start as the lone striker with Heung Min Son and Erik Lamela likely to start out wide, though Nacer Chadli will also be in contention.
Manchester City have had an extra day to prepare for this after their easy League Cup win over Sunderland on Tuesday. However, Manuel Pellegrini still has several injury concerns as Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph remain out, while seven are doubtful. Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Kelechi Iheanacho are all fighting to feature.
Tottenham’s last five: D/D/D/W/W
Manchester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Manchester City have scored 16 goals against Spurs in their last four league games, winning each game.
Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The City forward scored all five of his team’s’ goals in the two league meetings last season and will look to add to his single league goal at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs 2-3 Manchester City – Expecting plenty of goals here. Spurs will look to attack the Citizens and could have luck if Vincent Kompany remains out but it’s tough to see City dropping a second straight league game. They should edge it and regain their momentum after last week’s stumble.