Monday night’s English Premier League clash at Wembley pits Tottenham Hotspurs against Manchester City, with two points separating the sides after nine games.
The home team, Tottenham Hotspurs, have had mixed fortunes in both their domestic and European campaigns. In the Champions League, they have only earned 1 point from their first 3 games, and face a seemingly impossible task in qualifying for the knockout stage. Even though they are only two points behind league leaders Manchester City, few believe they have what it takes to sustain the challenge throughout the season.
Spurs’ 3-0 victory over Manchester United earlier in the season represents their only stand-out result. They were dire in 2-1 defeats by both Liverpool and Watford, and only barely managed to win against West Ham, Cardiff, Brighton and Newcastle. They have been uncharacteristically shaky at the back, and have conceded in all but four of their games this season. Spurs have been consistent with their scoring, however, and have found the back of the net in every game so far.
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Manchester City
Defending champions Manchester City are one of a few sides to maintain an unbeaten start to the season, and look in good shape to challenge for the trophy. They boast the league’s most prolific offence and joint meanest defence. While they have dropped points in draws against Liverpool and Wolves, the citizens have obliterated most other opponents, including a 5-0 win over Burnley last weekend.
Despite their strong showing, Manchester City have not been impenetrable. They were beaten 2-1 by Olympique Lyon in their opening tie of the Champions League. However, they got back to winning ways and collected six points in away games against Hoffenheim and Shaktar Donetsk. Like Liverpool, Spurs may hope to capitalize on City’s hectic trip.
Manchester City have been solid at home in the league, winning all of their five league games. However, they have only won two of four away games. On the other hand, Spurs have won two of three games at home, and five of six games on the road. Since their defeats, they have rallied to win all four games. The last five games between the two sides have resulted in two wins and a draw for either side.
Kevin De Bruyne returns for Manchester City, who will be without Gundogan, Danilo and Fabian Delph. Tottenham Hotspurs may be without key men Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Vertonghen.