Injury-hit Spurs defence could be vulnerable at the Etihad.
Vincent Kompany is vital to Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title so Manuel Pellegrini won’t have been happy to see his captain limp off the pitch during Belgium’s 6-0 win over Andorra last weekend.
It appears, however, that the problem was only minor and the defender is expected to lead City into action against Spurs this week as the Premier League resumes.
Nacer Chadli scored for his country against Andorra but will be on the opposite side of the Etihad tunnel this weekend and needs to recapture the smart early-season form he’d been showing for his club side if the Londoners are to have any hope of pulling off an upset.
David Silva scored for Spain last week and is likely to play behind Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in a front three for Manchester City, who have scored 14 times in their last four matches – Aguero has scored in each of their last three but already trails Diego Costa by four in the race for the Golden Boot.
The latter’s club, Chelsea, began the weekend with a five-point cushion over City at the top of the table so victory is vital for Pellegrini’s men to stay in touch.
Tottenham have only lost one of their last seven and have only conceded four in their last six.
They gained a creditable draw at the Emirates in their last away game but they’ve also dropped unexpected points against modest opposition.
Mauricio Pochettino may be forced to reshuffle his defence again as Kyle Naughton has joined Kyle Walker in the treatment room and Hugo Lloris has returned from international duty with a knock.
City have beaten Spurs in their last four meetings at the Etihad, averaging three goals a game, and should pick up all three points again in the lunchtime kick-off at 2/5.
A 3-1 correct score is a tempting 9/1 while we are offering 8/11 that both teams find the net at some stage.
The match kicks off at 12.45pm on Saturday, October 18th at the Etihad.