Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, October 2 – 14:15 BST (09:15 ET)
Match Odds: Tottenham 11/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester City 23/20
Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the season and remain unbeaten, one of only two sides to do so, the other being Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino will be eager for his side to take three points here and signal their intent for the season and he has previous experience of how to beat a Pep Guardiola side.
Tottenham come into this one having won 2-1 away at Boro, another solid performance and their third league win on the bounce.
Manchester City are absolutely flying. They’re top of the league with maximum points from their first six games.
It is already looking like a case of ‘who can stop us’ from the City camp. Confidence is sky high and they look like a side who know they’re capable of winning the league.
Guardiola will have his players firmly grounded though. He will be expecting a very tough game here and anything other than 100% from his side would be unacceptable in his eyes.
City come into this one having seen off Swansea in a 3-1 win last weekend. It was another example of how comfortable they are looking but there is still room to improve for them in terms of discipline, as Nolito saw red for a moment of madness.
Tottenham Hotspur are expecting to be without both Harry Kane and Danny Rose for this tie, while Moussa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier are all doubts.
Manchester City are without the suspended Nolito, while captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined following his latest injury setback. Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for around three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury, he will be a huge miss for City.
Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: W/D/W/W/W
Manchester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Sign of champions – Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League games this season.
Key Player: Raheem Sterling – The England international is thriving under Pep Guardiola. He looks full of confidence and dangerous with his direct, attacking play.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester City – A cagey, tight affair looks likely for this one. Spurs will be up for the challenge but City have the squad depth and resilience under Pep to overcome the most difficult of challenges and this game will be exactly that.