Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview
The opening day of the Premier League nerves have finally settled and Tottenham Hotspur managed to come through their first fixture with Aston Villa relatively unscathed thanks to a debut goal from Tanguy Ndombele and a brace from Harry Kane as Spurs ran out 3-1 victors. It was a tougher match than we’d expected but that’s the Premier League for you, there are no easy games as far as the best league in the world is concerned. Aston Villa was a tough task at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the real test comes Saturday at the Etihad Stadium against a fantastic Manchester City.
Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners in their opening game at the London Stadium against West Ham United and looked as ruthless as ever in front of goal with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick and Serio Aguero also getting on the scoresheet. Manchester City currently top the table after the first Premier League game week and it’s where they are expecting to stay but Tottenham will want to spoil the party and cause an upset. Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur has been selected for television broadcasting so the match will kick-off at 17:30, Saturday 17th August on Sky Sports Premier League if you’re not already going.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 14, 2019
Spurs came through the Aston Villa match with no fresh injuries to be concerned about. Mauricio Pochettino may decide to bring Jan Vertonghen into the fold against City for a bit more defensive experience and knowhow in place of Davinson Sanchez who didn’t have the best of games against Villa. He may even go to a back three to try and thwart Man City’s attacking power. Unfortunately, Heung Min Son is still suspended after picking up a ban at the tail end of last season which has carried on into the 2019/20 Premier League season so he won’t be in contention to play. Dele Alli is still carrying a hamstring injury that will see him miss out whilst Ben Davies is still struggling for fitness so it’s likely that Danny Rose will be at full-back with Kyle Walker-Peters on the other flank. Juan Foyth doesn’t look like he’ll be playing either. Lucas and Harry Kane will look to strike a partnership up together for the second week running. After his performance against Aston Villa, Christian Eriksen will almost certainly start.
Much to Spurs fans’ delight, Manchester City don’t have a clean bill of health and Pep Guardiola has a restricted squad to pick from but as well know, the strength in depth that the Citizens have is frightening and will still cause any team problems. Leroy Sane looks to be out for the season having torn his ACL in the Community Shield game with Liverpool at Wembley a couple of weeks. He’s a constant threat with his close dribbling and electric pace so Spurs fans will be glad not to see him tearing down that left-hand side. Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero were left on the bench for the 5-0 win over West Ham so Pep Guardiola will likely start the trio against Tottenham. Summer signing Joao Cancelo is still getting up to speed in terms of his fitness so it is unlikely to see him feature. Benjamin Mendy is still out injured too. The new boy looks like he will also keep his place in the team.
Last Time They Met
Well. Who could possibly forget the last time Spurs and Man City met? The Champions League Quarter Final where VAR sent Spurs through into the next round in the most dramatic fashion. Manchester City looked to have sealed the win 5-3 on the night until an added-time goal was correctly ruled out by VAR, sending Spurs through to the semis of the competition. Tottenham scored three goals on the night and the game has gone down in history as one of the most dramatic in European competition history. For Spurs to still score three goals at the Etihad shows that they should have confidence going into the game Saturday. Head to head, Spurs have beaten Man City 61 times, lost 63 and drawn 35 so down the years, it’s always been fairly close.
✨ Oh what a night! 🤩
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 15, 2019
“Next week we have Tottenham at home, they are a top, top side and it is important for us to be focused. You can listen, you can read whatever you want but I have the truth and I know the position of the team and a good result isn’t going to change my opinion on what it was. Second half was much, much better but the first half we were way off where we want to be.”
Mauricio Pochettino post-Aston Villa:
“Having Christian Eriksen fresh with the quality he has helped the team achieve the victory.
“In the second half, we found different positions and the team started to be more relaxed and be more patient. We were very good. The second half with the same starting 11 in different positions we started to play.”
How We See It
It’s going to be a very tough game for Spurs as Man City will want to make a statement early on in the season against a Premier League title rival. Most Tottenham fans would take a draw before the game but Spurs really do have a chance if they can hit Manchester City on the counter-attack. City are a lot better offensively than they are defensively so as long as Pochettino’s men can stay resolute defensively, they have every chance of gaining something from the game. Regardless, we want to see Giovani Lo Celso in action. He didn’t feature against Villa and we want to see what the Argentinian can do. With no consistent source of goals bar Harry Kane, we can’t see it being a high scoring game for Spurs. We are going with a 1-1 draw.
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