The Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola rivalry is set to continue as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester City. The hosts are in fine form ahead of the game as they are second in the table with 17 points.
While it has been a little uncharacteristic for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Citizens find themselves in tenth place after ten games with 12 points. They are yet to find consistency in this strange year and Premier League season.
Also, this fixture hasn’t really been very kind to Guardiola. Manchester City has lost all three games at Spurs new stadium in all competitions. Only Chelsea (26) have managed to beat Manchester City more times than Tottenham (24).
The Lilly Whites have only tasted defeat twice in 20 Premier League games against Manchester City when they are above them in the table. Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking for four consecutive home games for the first time since they did under Mauricio Pochettino in February 2019.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have very different ideas about football. The Spaniard wants to attack more with possession. While the Portuguese are more defensive and pragmatic.
The philosophies of these two rivals will be reiterated in the latest Premier League encounter. Manchester City will attack and hope congest Tottenham. While Spurs will try to absorb the pressure and hit on the counter-attacks.
Tottenham has some very pacey players in Son, Bale, and Moura. City’s fullbacks are likely to leave space behind thus Rodri, Laporte, and Dias have to extremely vary in this and Harry Kane as well.
While Manchester City attackers can cause damage from very little spaces as well. It is unlikely that Spurs will be able to contain De Bryune for full ninety minutes, he can find players in space.
Team News and Injury Update
Jose Mourinho will be without Matt Doherty who tested corona positive on international duty. While Tanguy Ndombele and Steven Bergwijn are both doubtful for the game. The Frenchman was injured in Spurs’ 0-1 win over West Brom.
While Bergwijn was sent back to Tottenham by Dutch national team. It was contended that the former PSV forward was not fit enough. Erik Lamle is also out for the game.
Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake picked injuries during the international break. The Dutchman has a hamstring injury, though Sterling is expected to be fit for the game. The availability of Sergio Aguero will be a big boost for Guardiola.
It is likely that he will come as a substitute and not play ninety minutes. Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy will also miss the trip to Spurs.
Ones to Watch out for
It would be criminal not to mention the usuals suspects. The likes of Bale, Kane and Son will try to score through counter-attacks. Lo Celso and Sissoko will be the midfield players. Toby Alderweireld will take charge of the defence. The leadership of Lloris will also be significant in this game.
Højbjerg has been very effective for Spurs. He is also a player whose arrival has gone under the radar. Sergio Regullion has shown how good he can be in recent games. These two will the players to watch out for.
Gabriel Jesus, Sterling, De Bryune and Mahrez will head the attack for Man City. Rodri will provide the necessary defensive cover. While Laporte and Dias will make sure to cover the spaces left by the full-backs.
Bernardo Silva, Foden, Torres and Cancelo will be the players to watch out for. These are the players who can turn the game Guardiola if things are going South.
Head to Head stats
Predicted Line Ups and Prediction
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Bale, Kane, Son.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bryune, Gündoğan, Torres, Jesus, Sterling.
Prediction: Both the teams are evenly matched but Manchester City has more firepower on the bench. Thus the game will end a 1-2 win for Manchester City.