Manchester City look to snap a two-game winless streak in the Premier League and reignite their title push as they host an injury-riddle Tottenham Hotspur.
City head into the weekend having failed to win two straight Premier League games, drawing 4-4 with Chelsea, and 1-1 with title rivals Liverpool respectively. But a momentous comeback win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday may have kicked Pep Guardiola’s side back into gear.
Seasons always having turning points. And for Manchester City, that turning point may have came when they erased an early 2-0 goal deficit against the Bundesliga outfit earlier this week to win 3-2 and cement their place at the top of Group G.
The win was spurred on by Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez in attack, who summoned the energy needed to pull Manchester City back into the game in the final 35 minutes.
But City now turn their attention to a visit from Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, and after the turnaround against Leipzig on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola may have some decisions to make in his team selection.
Ahead of Sunday afternoon’s clash at the Etihad Stadium, here is how we predict the reigning Premier League champions will line-up for the visit of Ange Postecoglou’s men.
Ederson will start of course, despite Stefan Ortega getting the nod in the midweek UEFA Champions League tie.
Kyle Walker will head to his usual spot on the right-flank, a role that he holds relatively unchallenged this season.
Ruben Dias and Manuel Akanji will form the centre-back partnership. Akanji showed his worth in the ‘John Stones role’ against Liverpool last weekend, and should do something similar against Totteham.
Nathan Ake has proved time and time again that he is one of Pep Guardiola’s most trusted servants, and he should be the first choice on the left in the big games going forward.
Rodri will start in his usual midfield role.
Here is where it gets a little tricky. I will put my neck on the line and say Phil Foden will occupy one of the midfield roles behind the forwards. His performance against Leipzig centrally showed us all why he is comfortable in the centre of the park.
That, of course, leaves the other midfield role to be taken up by Julian Alvarez, though he will play it as a more hybrid role.
With the addition of Foden to add some creativity centrally, I think Bernardo Silva will provide his calm, cool, collected control out on the right, while Jeremy Doku will cause his usual chaos on the left.
And as if I even need to write it, Erling Haaland will lead the line for the Blues.
Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Ake; Rodri, Foden, Alvarez; Bernardo, Haaland, Doku.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Stones, Gvardiol, Gomez, Phillips, Kovacic, Nunes, Bobb, Grealish.
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