Manchester City travel to White Hart Lane today to face off against a side they have enjoyed a lot of success again in recent times.
It’s a far cry from the day Tottenham, then managed by Harry Redknapp of course, beat City in order to secure Champions League qualification, as the Etihad outfit have pushed on to become one of the big boys in the Premier League.
Spurs, however, have had an encouraging start to the season – if not spectacular. The arrival of £22m man Son Heung-min has boosted an otherwise lacking front line. The South Korean has three goals in three games for his new side, after a dodgy maiden outing against Sunderland.
Young Dele Ali has impressed for the North Londoners so far, after his move from MK Dons. The 19-year old will be hoping to get at the engine room pairing of Fernando and Fernandinho in a similar way he did against Crystal Palace last week.
Last season’s 31 goal hero Harry Kane has failed to fire so far, and will be looking to net against a stingy City defence, who have only conceded 2 goals during the opening six games.
Further back, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be hoping to halt Argentine hitman Sergio Aguero – who averages 1.5 goals a game in this fixture.
The star striker will be hoping to continue such a record, and will be aided by £55m signing Kevin De Bruyne, who will take over creative duties from the injured David Silva.
With Joe Hart benched, sub shot stopper Willy Caballero will mind the net, protected by £33m compatriot Nicolas Otamendi.
Captain Vincent Kompany also starts on the bench, and perhaps manager Manuel Pellegrini has one eye on the upcoming crucial Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The table toppers will be hoping to bounce back from the loss to West Ham last week, but face a vital group stage game with the German outfit, after their qualification hopes were set back with a 2-1 reversal to Juventus on Matchday 1.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 26, 2015
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