Two key people will be out of action when Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City clash at White Hart Lane on October 2, Sunday. For the Citizens it will be their creative playmaker Kevin De Bruyne out with a hamstrung injury for a month at least while for the Spurs it’s life without their talismanic striker, Harry Kane.
Guardiola suffers from a embarrassment of riches he has at his disposal. Sergio Aguero with 11 goals from his last six outings will take a lot of stopping at the Lane on Sunday. Raheem Sterling with his blistering pace and creativity will be expected to step into the shoes of the brilliant De Bruyne. Jesus Navas, Silva and Fernando will probably be around to give the Spurs defense something to think about.
In fact the Spurs have been the stingiest of all teams when it comes to conceding goals (just 3 so far in the Premier League). But it’s the scoring that Mauricio Pochettino is worried about and with Kane out for a couple of months at least, he would be banking big time on guys like big-signing Vincent Janssen, who is yet to score from his 5 outings for the club. Of Tottenham’s 10 goals that have come this season, Korean striker Son Heung-min has alone accounted for four. Pochettino will very much want folks like Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama to get into the act.
Except for a 4-0 win against Bournemouth, Man City have conceded in every match. A concerned Guardiola has gone to the extent of asking Aguero and Sterling to brush up their defensive skills apart from their normal striking abilities. Spurs would definitely want to expose this chink in the Citizens’ armor and get a goal or two.
The battle between the top two teams on the Premier League table promises to be a classic with bookmakers giving Manchester City a slight edge. The Citizens had thrashed the Spurs 6-0 and 5-1 in the 2013-14 season but that was well avenged by the boys from White Hart Lane 4-1 and 2-1 in 2015-16.
Man City to Win, Best Odds 23/20 @ BetVictor