The round #25 fixture in the English Premier League will be played on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. This match will see the old rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola writing a new chapter.
Tottenham start this round sixth in the standings with 34 points, level with Manchester United. Only six points separate Tottenham from the fourth-placed Chelsea, and a loss here will be a big setback. On the other hand, Manchester City are second with 51 points. They are a whopping 19 points behind Liverpool. Despite no practical chances of covering that gap, City can’t afford to drop more points.
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Tottenham will be without their star forward Harry Kane, while Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies are also out. Considering the thin squad, Mourinho could be fielding his January signing Steven Bergwijn straight away. However, it will be Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura who will lead the line.
The departure of Christian Eriksen means that the Argentine midfielder Lo Celso could be crucial for the side. Mourinho could be looking to park the bus, which means Dele Alli will be important with his goal-scoring contributions.
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Ederson should be back in goal after sitting out of the Cup matches against Fulham and Manchester United. Defender Aymeric Laporte is back to being fully fit, but might not be pressed into a start. That leaves Pep with a tough choice of pairing John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi at the back.
City might get a bit adventurous and start with both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. However, that is not yet concrete. The visitors are strong in their mid-field options and should fancy running the game from there.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Kevin de Bruyne has 15 assists in this Premier League campaign. This is the third different year for the Belgian playmaker to have 15+ assists.
Dele Alli has six goals and three assists in 16 games under Jose Mourinho. This return is three times more than what he registered under Pochettino earlier this season.
Raheem Sterling will be desperate to get back among the goals. His contributions along the wing make him a good fantasy pick.
Tottenham Hotspur: 1 Hugo Lloris 2 Japhet Tanganga 3 Toby Alderweireld 4 Davinson Sanchez 5 Jan Vertonghen 6 Serge Aurier 7 Giovani Lo Celso 8 Harry Winks 9 Son Heung-Min 10 Dele Alli 11 Lucas Moura
Manchester City: 1 Ederson 2 Kyle Walker 3 John Stones 4 Nicolas Otamendi 5 Joao Cancelo 6 Bernardo Silva 7 Rodrigo 8 Kevin de Bruyne 9 Riyad Mahrez 10 Gabriel Jesus 11 Raheem Sterling
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