MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Team news ahead of Manchester City fixture at home against Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
(2nd) Manchester City vs (6th) Tottenham Hotspur
English Premier League
Saturday, Oct. 18, 6:45 AM on NBC Sports, mun2
Jamie Redknapp’s Red Hot Tip and Prediction: Manchester City 2 v 1 Tottenham
In the last six games in this series, Manchester City has won five and outscored Tottenham 22-8.
En route to winning the title last year, the Citizens hammered Spurs 6-0 at Etihad Stadium before taking the return leg at White Hart Lane, 5-1.
Both teams head into this EPL fixture on good form and are undefeated in their last four games overall.
Their respective Premier League last outings, prior to the international break, saw Man City taking down Aston Villa 2-0, while Tottenham scored a 1-0 victory over Southampton.
Injuries are a worry though for both managers, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hoping goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and top scorer Nacer Chadli will recover in time for the away trip after being listed as doubtful on the EPL injury list.
Kyle Naughton, who was injured against Southampton in the last game and Kyle Walker, recovering from pelvic surgery, will miss the game for the travelers.
“Kyle Naughton is getting better and perhaps he will have the possibililty to be in the squad for the next game (Asteras Tripolis),” Pochettino said on www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“Kyle Walker is still recovering from his injury but he’s doing okay, he’s started to run and that’s good news.
“He improves every day but it’s important not to rush him because most the important thing is a full recovery after surgery.”
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini continues to be without Samir Nasri, but the champions should have midfielder Fernandinho, despite him picking up a knock at Aston Villa.
Manchester City trails leaders Chelsea by five points in the EPL table standings after five games and Brazilian midfielder Fernando believes all three points are needed against Tottenham as the early race for the title heats back up.
He said on www.mcfc.com: “This is a very important game for us because we can’t afford to lose points because we are behind Chelsea and we are up against a very good side.
“We have enough quality to win every game we play but we are expecting Tottenham to make it difficult on Saturday.”
Fernando added though that the game will be far from easy, while outlining where the threat from the opponent could come from.
“Spurs are good going forward and solid in midfield and at the back so they will come here and look to make things difficult for us,” he said.
“We need to get into our stride early on and carry on where we left off against Aston Villa.”
Sergio Aguero, with five goals lead Manchester City in scoring this season, while Chadli has netted four for Spurs in the same column.
Goals are expected in this fixture, on evidence of their match-ups, and Man City are expected to score most of them once again.