Manchester City’s win over the weekend in the derby sent a loud message that reverberated up and down the Premier League. It was a message that outlined the clear gap between them and their so-called rivals. City followed up their significant derby win against Manchester United with a midweek pummelling, this time Swansea were the victims of City’s latest assault.
Saturday evening will see City host a Tottenham side who would’ve hoped to have put their putrid November form well behind them. With no Champions League to worry about, Mauricio Pochettino’s men head to the Etihad Stadium on a two-match winning run, and the capability of putting a stop to City’s record-breaking win streak.
Also added in the equation is the fact that the last time City beat a Spurs side was way back in May 2015. Though, this is a completely new City side who sit 11 points adrift from their closest foe [Manchester United], and 18 points adrift from their visitors [Spurs] on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won a record 15 successive Premier League matches, and Spurs are now tasked with the difficulty of stopping the rout. Though, with an in-form Son Heung-min – and Harry Kane who has the aptitude to score in big games – Spurs have the ingredients to cause uncertainty in Guardiola’s side.
Pochettino will still be without two of his loyal centre-back pairings, Toby Alderweireld, who is still sidelined with an injury, and Davinson Sanchez, who is serving the last of his three-match suspension. However, the Spurs boss will still have one of his loyal centre-backs available in Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to be partnered by Eric Dier in a back-four defence.
Ben Davies, and Kieran Trippier, who were both rested for Spurs’ midweek win against Brighton, should come in to replace both Danny Rose and Serge Aurier. Both Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele were also rested, and should be expected to be fielded on Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, John Stones is still out injured with an hamstring injury, thus Eliaquim Mangala will continue to form his blossoming partnership with Nicolas Otamendi.
Guardiola continues his carousel at the centre-forward position, meaning that Gabriel Jesus should come in to replace Sergio Aguero who featured mid-week.
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Mangala, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sane.
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.