Manchester City head into the game looking to close the gap on an Arsenal side who are in action vs a struggling Everton on Saturday afternoon.
As for Tottenham, they are without Antonio Conte due to health issues and will be looking to avoid a repeat of the pair’s previous meeting, which saw them lose 4-2 despite being 2-0 up.
Tottenham vs Manchester City combined XI
There is little competition between the sticks. Ederson is one of the most well-rounded keepers in Europe, whilst Hugo Lloris is not the best with his feet and has been known to make some major mistakes – his latest coming in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal last month.
RB: Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker has not been at his peak in 2022/23 but Spurs offer little competition at right-back. New signing Pedro Porro could come good, but the jury is still out on the Spaniard in the Premier League.
CB: Cristian Romero
Along with Harry Kane, Cristian Romero has been one of the few consistently bright sparks for Tottenham in recent years. The Argentine’s aggressiveness and ability to drive forward with the ball is second to none.
CB: Ruben Dias
Outside of Romero, Spurs have next to no one who can compete with City’s carousel of top centre-backs. And of them all, Ruben Dias is arguably the best, even if he has been benched of late.
LB: Ivan Perisic
With Joao Cancelo gone there is very little quality at left-back from either side. Nathan Ake has been starting there for Manchester City of late, but he is a centre-back by trade. So, given Ivan Perisic is Spurs’ only competent left-back/left-wing-back, he takes the spot.
No Tottenham midfielder can compete with Rodri. The Spaniard’s ability on the ball and the way he is able to break up play with ease is sensational.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has three goals and 12 assists in 19 Premier League appearances this season. There is not a midfielder in Tottenham’s ranks that comes close to the Belgian.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan
Rodri Bentancur was a close second to Ilkay Gundogan. But the German is such a well-rounded midfielder who can also provide goals, it was hard to leave him out.
RW: Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez’s form has taken a massive upturn in recent weeks for the Sky Blues. Despite only starting nine league games this season, he has scored four goals and provided three assists for City. And now he is back in the XI, those numbers will only likely grow in the coming weeks.
ST: Erling Haaland
Harry Kane has been in great form this campaign and makes is into pretty much every combined XI, except vs Man City. Erling Haaland has 25 goals and three assists in 19 PL matches this season, already surpassing the 2021/22 Golden Boot winners’ record of 23.
LW: Phil Foden
Heung-min Son has been in dreadful form for Spurs this term. His goals have dried up, netting in just two of the Lilywhites’ 19 PL games. So, whilst he has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, Phil Foden – who has scored seven and assisted three in 13 starts – gets in over the South Korean.