How could the two teams look this Sunday?
Tottenham Hotspur will host Manchester City on Sunday in an encounter where both sides will be playing for pride rather than needed points. The home side’s top four race is in tatters, much similar to City’s title hopes.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News:
Tottenham are likely to play an almost identical starting eleven to the one that drew with Southampton at St. Mary’s last weekend, with defender Ben Davies out due to a dislocated shoulder.
My money is on Danny Rose to play as his replacement against City after recovering from his slight injury problems, who is originally first choice anyway. I am tipping Eric Dier to continue in place of Kyle Walker at right-back. Paulinho is also available after missing last weekend’s match due to the birth of his child but I still think it is unlikely we’ll see him any further than the bench on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino has a choice between Federico Fazio and Vlad Chiriches at centre-back, with captain Younes Kaboul already been ruled out.
Harry Kane will lead the line up front in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation Pochettino tends to stick to.
Tottenham Predicted XI: Lloris, Dier, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.
Manchester City Team News:
Stevan Jovetic, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Gael Clichy have all been ruled out of Sunday’s clash, meaning a long string of replacements are set to feature in the starting eleven.
Samir Nasri is also in doubt to play, so I predict the Jesus Navas and James Milner combination on the wings will continue with David Silva playing in his normal attacking midfield position.
Fernandinho played brilliantly coming off the bench against Aston Villa last weekend, so I tip him to start ahead of Frank Lampard.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero, who has scored 21 goals so far this campaign will be seeking more goals to add to his present tally in hope of securing the Golden Boot.
I think a key one-on-one battle to watch closely in this game will be Jesus Navas against Danny Rose. Navas, who often receives criticism for his lack of end product will be playing out wide on the right, with Rose defending on the left side of Tottenham’s back four.
Despite his critics, Navas keeps the width very well and is deadly on the counter-attack amid his immense pace down in wide areas. Luckily for Spurs, the Spaniard constantly struggles with the final delivery due to his lack of confidence causing indecisiveness.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero.
By Ollie Carroll