Tottenham travel to Manchester City after the international break with a squad that appears to be falling to pieces. With Hugo Lloris, Emmanuel Adebayor, Nabil Bentaleb amongst others in doubt, Mauricio Pochettino will be concerned with the task ahead.
This will be a difficult game for the visitors. At any other time in the season, it would be possible to argue that Spurs could put up a fight – as was exhibited against Arsenal. However the international break seems to have sent shock-waves through the squad, and Pochettino will be concerned by this. Positively, his defence enjoyed a balance of rest and match time this week, meaning they will be hoping to recreate the job shown at the Emirates.
Statistics (via BBC Sport)
Manchester City have won six of their last seven league meetings with Tottenham.
Spurs lost 6-0 on their last trip to the Etihad Stadium in November 2013. That is their joint heaviest defeat in the Premier League. The last six Premier League games between these sides have produced 30 goals, five per game on average, with City scoring 22.
Tottenham have only won one of their previous five league matches. They have just three victories in their last 11 Premier League away matches (W3, D4, L4). Prior to this, they won five on the road in succession. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have failed to hold on to a lead in their last two away matches in the league. Nacer Chadli has been involved in five of Tottenham’s nine Premier League goals this season, with four goals and one assist.
Manchester City are winless in their last two home games in the league; they last went three without a victory back in November 2010 (L1, D2). They have scored in six out of their seven league matches this season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have one more point than they did at this stage last year. Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Tottenham, while Sergio Aguero has netted five goals in five league appearances against Spurs.
Man City: WDWWDL
Adebayor (doubt), Bentaleb (doubt), Naughton (out), Walker (out), Lloris (late test) and Chadli (late test).
Score – Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue, Dembélé, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
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