Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are set to square off in a blockbuster Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City showed why you can never write them off in midweek Champions League action, fighting back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat RB Leipzig 3-2 at home and preserve their 100% record in Group G. Filled with confidence, Pep Guardiola’s side return to the Premier League determined to get back to the win column after back-to-back draws against Chelsea and Liverpool. Last weekend’s 1-1 stalemate against the ‘Reds’ denied the ‘Citizens’ a unique chance to post the longest-ever winning home streak by an English top-flight club, knocking them down from a jaw-dropping league run of 15 consecutive wins at the Etihad that incidentally began with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory against Tottenham in February. Connoisseurs of action-packed football will look forward to this encounter, as Man City’s last four top-flight meetings with Tottenham have averaged 4.5 goals per game.
On the other hand, Ange Postecoglou’s dream start to life at Tottenham, which made him the first-ever Premier League manager to win 26 points in his first ten games in charge (W8, D2), has turned into a nightmare. Despite breaking the deadlock in their last three league outings, ‘Spurs’ have lost on each occasion, becoming only the eighth side in the competition’s history to lose three consecutive league matches after opening the scoring. Plagued by injuries, the Londoners take this trip desperate to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa last time out, which saw Son Heung-min denied three goals for offside. On a more positive note, before slumping to a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton on their most recent Premier League travel, Tottenham hadn’t lost any of their previous seven away league fixtures (W5, D2).