Manchester City have started their English Premier League defence with a 5-0 win over West Ham United. They now face a tricky opposition in Tottenham Hotspur over the second weekend. This match will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola will hope that his side keep up their positive form. Tottenham too started the season with a win. However, their 3-1 win over Aston Villa was with a bit of drama. Mauricio Pochettino will hope that they can put in a strong performance against City. It was Tottenham in 2016 that were the first side to beat City under Guardiola. Will history repeat itself?
Manchester City Preview
After starting their season with an away win, City will hope to make it big at home. They haven’t lost their opening home league match in the Premier League since 1989/90. This run saw them post a record of W16, D8. The Champions also have won their last four league games against Tottenham.
Influential midfielder Fernandinho is back in contention for City. Winger Leroy Sane remains the only major absentee for Guardiola right now. Both Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling will hop to continue their scoring record. Overall, City at home look a tough proposition for the visitors to crack.
Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Spurs have made a strong comeback in their previous game to pick up full points against Aston Villa. The London side also have history against them in this fixture. Tottenham have picked just four points from their last nine Premier League visitors to this venue (W1, D1, L7).
They also have a very poor away record to guard against. Tottenham have lost their last six away matches last season. They haven’t lost seven away games in a row since December 2000. However, a strong City makes it a scary thought for Tottenham that this record is up for grabs.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick on the opening weekend. In addition, he has five goals and one assist against Spurs in all competitions.
Christian Eriksen has been the star turn for Tottenham last weekend. 18 of Tottenham’s 31 efforts on goal against Villa have come in the 26 minutes he was on the pitch.
Sergio Aguero has 96 Premier League goals at the Etihad Stadium. Another will see him go joint-third with Alan Shearer for most goals at a venue.
Manchester City: 1 Ederson 2 Kyle Walker 3 John Stones 4 Aymeric Laporte 5 Oleksandr Zinchenko 6 Kevin de Bruyne 7 Rodrigo 8 David Silva 9 Riyad Mahrez 10 Sergio Aguero 11 Raheem Sterling
Tottenham Hotspur: 1 Hugo Lloris 2 Kyle Walker-Peters 3 Toby Alderwiereld 4 Davinson Sanchez 5 Danny Rose 6 Harry Winks 7 Tanguy Ndombele 8 Moussa Sissoko 9 Christian Eriksen 10 Lucas Moura 11 Harry Kane
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