Tottenham vs Man City: Pep Guardiola’s champions can return to the top of the Premier League tonight with a win over Spurs at Wembley.
Tottenham vs Man City match preview
Few backed Tottenham to put up much of a fight for the title after they failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window. But they’ve silenced their critics with seven wins in nine – their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.
Spurs go up against Manchester City on the back of four straight league victories but – as manager Mauricio Pochettino has repeatedly admitted himself – they have been far from their best.
They’ve kept clean sheets in their last three league outings but were all over the place defensively when they drew 2-2 with PSV last week.
Toby Alderweireld gifted the Dutch outfit their first goal before goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was sent off for rushing out of his area and needlessly taking down Hirving Lozano.
Man City, meanwhile, thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Ukraine. It was a performance Guardiola claimed was the best he’d seen from his players under his leadership.
And while City only sit two points ahead of Tottenham in the league, they have won their games in more devastating fashion and remain unbeaten domestically.
Their 5-0 win over Burnley last week took their tally to league high 26 goals in nine games and have conceded a league low three at the other end.
Tottenham vs Man City team news
Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen remains out of action with a thigh injury, which is likely to keep him on the treatment table for another month.
Ben Davies is expected to start at left-back as Danny Rose continues his rehabilitation from a groin problem.
But Pochettino could welcome back Dele Alli to his matchday squad. The midfielder has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury but returned to full training last week.
Man City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne made his first against Shakhtar Donetsk following a lengthy lay-off with a serious knee injury, while former Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker came off the bench to mark his return from a groin problem.
Fabian Delph and Danilo are also back in contention, but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Tottenham vs Man City head-to-head
Of the four meetings between Tottenham and Man City since Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad in 2016, they have seen an average of 3.75 goals.
Pochettino came out on top 2-0 in their first battle at White Hart Lane in the 2016/17 campaign with a 2-2 draw following in Manchester.
City won the last two 4-1 and 3-1 as they stormed to the Premier League title last term.
Spurs have lost 10 of their last 15 league matches with City.
Tottenham vs Man City form
Last six competitive fixtures
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Tottenham vs Man City prediction
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