After an excellent run of results, the predicted Manchester City team to face Tottenham could see Pep Guardiola field his strongest possible eleven.
City had a massive win last time out, smashing five goals past Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. Indeed, that was their fourth win on the spin in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s side put four past Norwich City in the league the game prior. Before that, City beat Brentford comfortably in a 2-0 win.
Guardiola’s men are in top form, but he feels Spurs will be a tough side to face nonetheless, per his pre-match press conference.
“This is the problem the fact they’ve lost three times they’ll be more difficult tomorrow. To lose four times in a row is not easy for top teams,” he said.
“They have a lot of weapons, Son we suffer every time, with Kane, Moura, they have a lot of quality.”
City’s defence will have to be on top form to stop some of the league’s most potent attackers.
Last time out – Sporting 0-1 Manchester City
The usual centre-back partnership of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte played in defence. John Stones deputised at right back with Kyle Walker suspended in Europe.
Bernardo Silva scored a brace from midfield, playing alongside Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne. That looks to be Pep’s favoured trio this season, with Ilkay Gundogan taking a back seat for much of the campaign.
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez both scored from wide positions.
Phil Foden played as false nine, as he has done so often this season, and also scored.
Predicted Manchester City team against Tottenham
Ederson is likely to remain in goal, with Dias and Laporte the centre-backs. Walker’s availability means Stones is likely to drop out, and the other full-back position will be filled by the exceptional Joao Cancelo.
The midfield trio of De Bruyne, Rodri and Silva will no doubt remain.
It is the front three where Pep has chopped and changed the most this season. However, with all three of Sterling, Foden and Mahrez netting against Sporting, their places may be safe.
Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling