The more competitive the Premier League gets, the more games there is where is isn’t easy to call the outcome. This weekend we have another one of those matches when Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
You’d expect both teams to be at the top end of the table by the time gameweek 38 rolls around with Spurs aiming to crack open the door to the Champions League places.
Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping that his Manchester City team can bounce back with a win at The Lane after being defeated last weekend at the hands of the ever surprising West Ham at the Etihad.
Spurs on the other hand will be licking their wounds after a League Cup defeat to bitter North London rivals Arsenal after the team and the stadium were left deflated, as Pochettino’s side lost their first game since they faced Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season. With their last Premier League game being a solid win over Crystal Palace, the young side will be hoping to continue their league run.
Manchester City still look favourites at this very early stage of the league campaign. Despite the loss to the Hammers they still command a two point lead over their city rivals Manchester United, having conceded only two goals this season amid a summer of heavy spending.
Tottenham will try to achieve a bit of a shock here against a team who have started the 2015/16 campaign by far the best. However Spurs have a quite simply atrocious record against sides who are in and around them in the table, surely they’ll need a big win somewhere down the line to help turn the tide of their hex against the big six teams, although it must be noted that they did improve last season as Pochettino helped them to mastermind home victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Citizens on the other hand need to stop the rot a little bit after a couple of poor performances both at home and in Europe although they did sweep aside a extremely sub-standard Sunderland team in mid-week.
With all that has gone on over the last few games for both teams, this match will hopefully be all guns blazing from the get go. With City wanting to consoliddate their place at the top and Spurs needing to show how far they have come against a true quality side, it could prove to be an exciting game as the two sides kick-off on Saturday lunch-time.
Tottenham Hotspur (from): Lloris, McGee, Vorm, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Fazio, Rose, Trippier, Vertonghen, Walker, Wimmer, Alli, Carroll, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Mason, Onomah, Pritchard, Son, Townsend, Winks, Kane, N’Jie.
Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Nasri, Navas, Roberts, Silva, Toure, Zuculini, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho, Sterling.