Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

This will be the 39th game between these two sides, Spurs having the upper hand with 22 wins, 12 at home and 10 away. Spurs completed the double over Manchester City on their way to 3rd place last season. Coming from behind to win 4-1 at home and a 2-1 win away, the winner scored by Christian Eriksen. During the summer Manchester City welcomed new manager Pep Guardiola and over £130 Million worth of new transfers. The most expensive being John Stones for a reported £47 Million from Everton. Pochettino has faced Guardiola nine times during his career, he has one win three draws and five defeats. He will be hoping that his experience in Spain will give him a tactical edge for their battles in the Premier League. In recent weeks Spurs have given new long-term deals to Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Harry Winks and Tom Carroll. It shows the club is moving in the right direction and ensuring the young squad is kept together for the foreseeable future.

Manchester City like to line up in a 4-3-3 formation they like to keep possession, engage in an aggressive high press and start all their attacks from the back. This was one of the main reasons he chose to loan out Joe Hart and bring in Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. He sees his goalkeeper as the eleventh outfield player. Guardiola is known for his attention to detail on the opposition and on his own players. He demands high standards from his players and can be seen exasperated on the touchline every time they lose possession. Spurs are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They will need to take care of possession and ensure not to give the ball away in dangerous areas. The two holding midfielders will be important to protect the back four, as City’s attackers like to play in the space between the midfield and defence. Spurs high press could be fruitful as they know City will be playing out from the goalkeeper. An ability to pounce on any mistakes could be one way of getting something out of this game. Spurs' 3 clean sheets are the most in the Premier League, their defence will be severely tested and a battle between Aguero and Alderweireld could prove pivotal in the outcome.  

Manchester City made it six wins out of six in the Premier League with a 3-1 win away to Swansea, they are 4 points clear at the top of the table. Spurs find themselves in 2nd place in the table with an away 2-1 win against Middlesbrough. They remain unbeaten this season and the latest win made it their most successful start to a top flight season in 51 years. Spurs currently have the most inform player in European according to WhoScored.com, Son Heung-Min has 4 goals and 1 assist in three Premier League appearances. Spurs also make it into fourth place in Europe with shots per game averaging 19, Manchester City are in sixth with 17.7 shots a game. City also only second to Barcelona in goals scored with 17, and are top in the statistic of most dribbles per game with 14. Both teams will be desperate to hold onto their unbeaten run and recent games between these two teams have been excellent spectacles.

How the teams may line up:

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