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Premier League 2016-17: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Match Preview

White Hart Lane will play host to Manchester City on Sunday in the seventh round of fixtures in the English Premier League. After a rocky start, Spurs have gathered some momentum coming into this week of the Premier League. The Citizens didn’t enjoy a good time against Spurs last season, losing both their matches to the Cockerels.

Spurs look to reaffirm title challenger status

The past year has changed the destiny of Tottenham. From being a club striving for a Top 4 finish, Pochettino’s presence has transformed the way the club approaches the league. The only club who held close to the Foxes last season, Tottenham have picked up crucial points early in the season even though they haven’t hit top gear yet.

Son has emerged as a breakout star at just the right time as Tottenham's main man Harry Kane remains sidelined for another 5-6 weeks. With a crucial Champions League win  in midweek, the home side will look to build on the confidence and halt to the league leaders’ charge.

Spurs Team News

English striker Harry Kane remains sidelined after an ankle ligament injury sustained two weeks ago against Sunderland. Sissoko remains doubtful as well, although rumors suggest a fitness test will be carried out to confirm his availability. Dier, Rose and Dembele did not travel to Moscow midweek, but are believed to be close to a return to the starting 11.  

Also read: I want Celtic atmosphere at City – Guardiola

City look to shrug off midweek exertions

Expecting a routine win at Celtic Park on Wednesday, the Premier League leaders were halted by a spirited display by Scottish champions Celtic. The match ended 3-3, encapsulating clearly the kind of work Guardiola still needs to do to bring City to the cream of Europe.

Coming back to the Premier League, there won’t be any easy takeaways as Spurs' defensive organization will be a nut City will find hard to crack.

Manchester City Team News

De Bruyne and Kompany remain unavailable for selection against Tottenham. The rest of the squad is available except Toure, who has been frozen out of the team by Guardiola.

Probable Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Christensen, Lamela, Jansenn, Son.

Manchester City: Bravo, Sagna, Ottamendi, Stones, Clichy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sterling, Navas, Aguero.

Players to watch out for:

Son Heung-min

The South Korean winger has hit top gear, scoring five goals in as many games for Spurs. With Harry Kane out due to injury, the home side will be pinning its hopes on the South Korean to produce yet another inspiring performance. 

Prediction:

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester City

The match will be a close one and even with their intricate organization and poise, Spurs might find City too much to handle on the day. Expect a tactical masterclass between the two world class managers.

TV Guide:

Live on: Star Sports network, Sunday 6:45pm onwards.

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