Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – City of Manchester Stadium at 17:30
At the start of the season, many were billing this as a title clash and with good reason. Spurs have come within touching distance of the Premier League title the past two seasons, whilst Manchester City was always going to be favourites with Pep Guardiola as manager and the level of investment they saw in the summer.
In reality, this is a title clash, but only in that, a win for Pep’s side would strengthen their grip on the title. Spurs have disappointed this year, and currently sit in 4th place, 18 points behind leaders City.
Nobody can catch City now, can they?
Looking at the Premier League table, the gap between leaders Manchester City and the chasing pack is ever-growing. With their derby win over United, City increased the gap between the two sides to 11 points.
Surely nobody can catch City now can they? The chasing pack seem to be constantly dropping points, whilst City remains unbeaten this season.
Is it too early to place the crown on Pep’s head? Perhaps, but the Manchester City manager certainly has one hand on it at present.
Spurs need a catalyst
The 2-0 win against Brighton in midweek, which followed the 5-1 victory of Stoke the weekend before, has certainly raised the spirits in the Spurs camp after going four games without a win in the Premier League.
There’s still a feeling of uncertainty at the club, though, with many expecting this to be their big season. Pochettino needs a catalyst and a win at Manchester City would provide that.
Everyone is firing for City
Perhaps the biggest surprise this season for Manchester City is that every single player is performing. Whether Pep chooses Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero, they bag a goal. Whether he chooses Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva or Raheem Sterling, they all perform.
It’s a lovely problem for the Spaniard to have, but it’s equally surprising. Early title charges are usually led by the sublime form of one man (think Luis Suarez for Liverpool in 2014) but Pep has got his side firing on all cylinders and Spurs should be wary of that come Saturday.
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