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Man City, Tottenham In Heavyweight Clash

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur square off at the Etihad Stadium  today having both registered victories in their opening fixtures.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur and Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on October 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick as City thrashed West Ham United by a 5-0 scoreline, while Spurs came from behind to register a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

Saturday’s match will represent the 160th competitive encounter between the two clubs, with City recording 63 wins in comparison to 61 victories for Spurs.

Each of the last four contests have been decided by a one-goal margin, although City have prevailed in five of the most recent half-a-dozen clashes.

Pep Guardiola has been tasked with motivating a similar set of players to the one which won the domestic treble during the last campaign, but there are already signs that City will only continue to improve over the next nine months.

After being allowed to make significant additions in the summer transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to build on last season’s appearance in the Champions League final.

However, there were times against Villa last weekend where Spurs looked far away from matching the likes of City and Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.

While having to contemplate a start for Eriksen, Pochettino must also decide whether to bring back Jan Vertonghen, who was dropped from the squad last weekend.

Unless Spurs switch to a back three or encounter a late injury issue, the Belgium international may have to do with a spot among the replacements.

Despite Son Heung-min serving the final game of his suspension, Giovani Lo Celso is only likely to feature on the bench, leaving Pochettino to choose any two of Moussa SissokoErik Lamela and Lucas Moura for the final midfield positions.

Mahrez was arguably City’s man of the match against West Ham, but that may not prevent Guardiola from dropping him in favour of Bernardo.

Aguero will also hope to come in for Gabriel Jesus, although the Brazilian may be preferred given his extra match sharpness.

 

 

 

 

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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