Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

30 Sep

Spurs forward Son Heung-min

In his last six league appearances, Spurs’ Son Heung-min has registered six goals and an assist


Tottenham will assess midfielder Eric Dier, who returned to training on Thursday after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Harry Kane is still sidelined, while Moussa Sissoko will be monitored after suffering a head injury last weekend.

Manchester City defender John Stones is likely to be recalled after dropping out of the starting line-up for Wednesday’s draw against Celtic.

Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph remain injured.

Nolito serves the final game of a three-match domestic ban.


Simon Brotherton: “There is so much to look forward to here as the Premier League’s only remaining unbeaten sides go head-to-head at White Hart Lane.

“This meeting of the top two (prior to the weekend) also pits the league’s tightest defence against the most potent attack.

“Spurs have only conceded three goals so far, while City have scored 18 in the opening six games.

“It is a shame both teams will be missing a key player, with Harry Kane and Kevin de Bruyne both injured, but it shouldn’t affect the spectacle as Tottenham seek similar success to Celtic with their pressing game.

“Victory for Manchester City, however, would ensure Pep Guardiola becomes the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches.”

Twitter: @SimonBrotherton


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is very impressive in the way he sets his teams up and they are definitely going to test City’s back-line, especially Son Heung-min, who is flying at the moment.

City clearly pose an attacking threat too and, whatever the end result, I am pretty sure there will be a few goals.

Prediction: 2-2

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  • Tottenham won both of last season’s Premier League meetings with Manchester City, having lost eight of their previous nine against them.
  • There have been 22 goals scored in the last five Premier League encounters between these sides at White Hart Lane (nine for Spurs, 13 for City).
  • Spurs have won 22 of their 38 Premier League games against City; should they win this match, they will have beaten them more often than they’ve defeated any other Premier League side (they have also beaten Everton 22 times).

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Victory would give Spurs their second-best start to a top-flight season, bettered only by their title-winning 1960-61 campaign.
  • Tottenham have the best defensive record in the division, conceding three goals. They have yet to concede a league goal from open play at White Hart Lane.
  • Son Heung-min has scored five goals in five games for Spurs in all competitions this season, as many as he did in his last 37 games of the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s first match as a head coach was against Pep Guardiola – he led Espanyol to a 0-0 draw against Barcelona in a Copa del Rey tie on 21 January 2009.
  • A month later, Pochettino claimed his first ever win by guiding Espanyol to a 2-1 league victory against Guardiola’s Barca at the Camp Nou on 21 February.
  • However, that is Pochettino’s only win in nine meetings with Guardiola as a coach (D3, L5).

Manchester City

  • Pep Guardiola could become the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches. He is currently tied with Carlo Ancelotti, who won his first six games with Chelsea in 2009.
  • The only team to win their opening seven Premier League fixtures was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2005-06. They started with nine successive wins on the way to winning the title.
  • The only time City have begun a league season with seven successive wins was in 1897-98, in the second tier.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League appearances.
  • Aguero averages a league goal every 106 minutes in England – the best record in Premier League history, ahead of Thierry Henry (121 minutes).

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