Tottenham Vs Manchester City: EPL Match Preview, Team News, Kick-Off Time.
Date: Saturday 21st November, 2020
Stadium Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Referee Mike Dean (England)
Spurs, meanwhile, will be without Matt Doherty after he tested positive for coronavirus while away with the Republic of Ireland.
Doherty came into close contact with clubmate Gareth Bale during a match between Ireland and Wales, but the Real Madrid loanee has not tested positive himself and so is available this weekend as things stand.
Steven Bergwijn was sent home from Netherlands duty after international doctors deemed him not fit enough to feature, but Spurs are hopeful that he will be in contention for this match.
Erik Lamela is also closing in on a return from a foot injury, while Tanguy Ndombele is available after a similar issue of his own.
Spurs will again look to Harry Kane for their main goal threat – he has been involved in 23 goals in just 14 games across all competitions this season, at least eight more than his closest Premier League rival, which happens to be teammate Son Heung-min.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Bale, Lo Celso, Son; Kane
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: DWDWWW
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): WWLWWW
Man City suffered a potentially damaging international break, with Raheem Sterling picking up a calf injury in England training and Nathan Ake suffering a hamstring problem with the Netherlands.
Ake is expected to miss this weekend’s match despite his injury not being as serious as first feared, but Sterling could be in contention for the trip to North London.
City could also be boosted by the return of record scorer Sergio Aguero, who has struggled with a hamstring injury recently but used the international break to get back up to speed.
The Argentine has scored 11 Premier League goals against Spurs – his second-favourite opponent after Newcastle United – but 10 of those came in his first seven meetings, with only one goal in the subsequent nine.
If he is passed fit, Aguero may be eased back in as a sub, particularly with Gabriel Jesus now back fit and firing; he has been involved in 11 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions and could score in four consecutive Man City appearances for the first time since April 2018.
Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho have also used the international break to gather fitness after recent injury problems, but this match could come too soon for either to be thrown straight into the starting lineup.
There is also uncertainty surrounding Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was part of the Ukraine squad placed into quarantine by Swiss authorities after a positive test ahead of their cancelled international meeting.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Torres, Jesus, Foden
Manchester City Premier League form: LDWDWD
Manchester City form (all competitions): WDWWWD
Head To Head
Spurs remained unbeaten against Man City last season, including a 2-0 win in the corresponding fixture which ended a run of six top-flight meetings without a victory.
Indeed, Tottenham have now won both of their home games against Man City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and could triumph in three consecutive home editions of this fixture for the first time since a run of six between 2005 and 2009.
Spurs have beaten Man City 24 times in total during the Premier League era, a tally of victories only Chelsea can better against the Citizens.