Tottenham v Manchester City: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

Pep Guardiola & Mauricio Pochettino
Pep Guardiola & Mauricio Pochettino

The two unbeaten teams in the Premier League…

There have already been some heavyweight matches so far in the Premier League this season and with so many teams hyped before the campaign starts, there is liable to be a huge encounter most weeks.

Spurs v Manchester City on Sunday could well be one of the first between two title challengers, as both are undefeated coming into the match at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City have started so well to life in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola, that it is a constant search to see whether they have any weaknesses.

Six wins out of six means Pep has adapted to the Premier League much quicker than many expected and certainly in a speedier manner than Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Great offer on either Spurs or City
Great offer on either Spurs or City

Spurs beat Man City twice last season

Having won at Old Trafford, Manchester City will expect to win everywhere on their travels but from the early weeks of the season it feels that there might be quite a few teams that are better than the current Manchester United.

And, City showed some serious defensive weaknesses in their 3-3 Champions League draw at Celtic on Wednesday evening.

Tottenham will be keen to show they can launch another title challenge and a win on Sunday would certainly prove that.

Recent injuries have not slowed down Spurs in the Premier League or the Champions League and if key man Moussa Dembele is available, Pochettino’s side will have a real chance to replicate last season’s 4-1 win over City at White Hart Lane.

Spurs v Manchester City team news

The key man missing for Manchester City is Kevin De Bruyne, who has been fantastic since joining from Wolfsburg just over a season ago.

De Bruyne is joined on the sidelines by club captain Vincent Kompany, who also received treatment earlier this week in Barcelona.

Nolito, who scored at Celtic, serves the final game of his suspension, which means Ilkay Gundogan and Jesus Navas will likely start for City. Leroy Sane is another player close to coming into Pep Guardiola’s side.

John Stones will likely start having been rested for the draw at Celtic.

Tottenham are definitely without Harry Kane due to an ankle ligament injury that is not as bad as first feared.

Three key players in Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier have all trained in recent days and are expected to start having missed recent matches.

This would be a big boost for Spurs, especially Dembele who is such a key man, but would be harsh on Victor Wanyama, who has been excellent in his first couple of months at the club.

Son v Aguero

For the home side, Heung Min Son is the absolute key man having emerged as the club’s only goal scorer in the absence of Harry Kane.

Other players can chip in but so far Son is revelling in Kane’s absence, scoring three in two games to bag away wins at Middlesbrough and CSKA Moscow.

It seems quite likely that Son will start up front against City with Janssen failing to set the world alight so far.

Whether Son can repeat his recent form against City remains to be seen, you can bet Sergio Aguero will be keen to score at White Hart Lane and the Argentine has a fantastic career record against Spurs.

With two managers who like to press, and with a history of facing each other in Spain, this should be a fascinating encounter full of good attacking football and pressing.

Spurs have the best defence in the Premier League. Manchester City the best attack.

Win this and City will be searching for other challengers (e.g. Liverpool and Arsenal). But, if Spurs claim all three points, belief will be sky high in north London.

Excellent offer on Spurs to win
Excellent offer on Spurs to win

Likely Tottenham XI v Manchester City

Spurs XI v City, if no Janssen & Wanyama
Spurs XI v City, if no Janssen & Wanyama

Likely Man City XI v Spurs

Likely Man City XI v Spurs, Sane edges Navas
Likely Man City XI v Spurs, Sane edges Navas

101 Great Goals predicts: Tottenham 2 – Manchester City 2.