Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City on Saturday, 26 September in the Premier League as the north London club look to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to arch rivals Arsenal in the third round of the Capital One Cup in midweek. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to get his team back on track after an ostensibly disappointing start to the campaign.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 12.45pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD.
Tottenham, despite the result against Arsenal in the League Cup, come into the game on the back of two Premier League wins over Sunderland and Crystal Palace, which should give them some much needed confidence ahead of the fixture. The manager made a lot of changes to the side that started against the Gunners and will be confident that his first choice eleven will put in a much better defensive performance than what was on show at White Hart Lane in midweek.
Pochettino will be particularly pleased by the application shown by striker Harry Kane, who had a brilliant scissor kick scrambled off the line by Kieran Gibbs and is looking sharp to come back to scoring ways. Christian Eriksen also put in a good performance after coming back from injury and will be a crucial figure in their quest to overthrow the league favourites at home this weekend.
Meanwhile, City will be without David Silva and Samir Nasri for the game but Pochettino will be looking at Kevin de Bruyne to pull the strings in midfield after a brilliant performance against Sunderland in the League Cup. The former Chelsea man scored his debut goal against West Ham last weekend but failed to get City over the finishing line as they suffered their first loss of the season after six games.
Manuel Pellegrini will be confident that his team can bounce back from the upset especially after another underwhelming performance in Europe against Juventus. Silva's absence will be a major worry for the Chilean given his absence results in a major drop in creativity in the final third. However, the convincing 4-1 win over the Black Cats should go a long way in alleviating that pressure and give them the confidence to take the attack to the north London club.
What Managers Say
Mauricio Pochettino: [On Arsenal defeat and slew of changes] "I don't regret [my selections] - you can make mistakes, remember when [Diego] Maradona missed a penalty? These are big players but this can happen, they are not machines. We need to take a lot of positive things. Yes, our supporters and us will feel very bad, when you play against your sporting enemy you want to win more, but this is football. We need to be happy in the way we played and disappointed with the way we lost the game, but now we need to prepare for the game on Saturday against Manchester City, when we will have one day less to prepare."
Manuel Pellegrini: [on selection dilemma for Tottenham game] "We'll see during the week the way they recover from now until Saturday. I hope we will recover a couple of them for the next game. I think it is also important for our team because we had eight players injured for this game (against Sunderland) that we cannot use: Silva, Nasri, Delph, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Bony and Kelechi. It is an important number of players that we couldn't use. That's why it was important to win the game and important to win in the way we played."
- Tottenham Win: 3/1
- Draw: 11/4
- Manchester City Win: 10/11
Possible XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Chadli, Son, Eriksen; Kane
Possible XI: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero