Preview: Tottenham v Manchester City

Tottenham will aim to put an end to Manchester City’s perfect record in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane.

Premier League
2 October 2016
Kick-off: 21:15 HKT

Venue: White Hart Lane

Referee: A. Marriner
Assistants: S. Beck, A. Garratt
Fourth official: J. Moss

Head-to-head summary:

Tottenham 131 51 30 50
Man City 131 50 30 51

Previous encounter:

Man City 1-2 Tottenham 14/02/16 (Premier League)

City goalscorers: K. Iheanacho (74′)

Tottenham goalscorers: H. Kane Pen (53′), C. Eriksen (83′)

Players to watch:

Son Heung-min has registered six goals and an assist in his last six league games for Spurs and will be their main threat in the absence of Harry Kane.

The South Korean struggled to make an impact in his first season at the club after his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen, but has profited from Kane’s injury to become the main man from wide attacking areas.

His work rate and clinical finishing in and around the area will pose a major threat to Pep Guardiola’s defence who enjoy playing with a high defensive line.

For City, the best striker in the league, Sergio Aguero, will take centre stage as he usually does in key fixtures.

Before his three-match suspension for elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid, the diminutive Argentine was on fire.

Nevertheless, the 28-year-old has still managed to find the net 11 times in seven outings under Guardiola this season.

Team form and manager quotes:

Tottenham come into the fixture unbeaten in the league with four wins and two draws and manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is excited to face City.

Despite their opponents’ 100% record this season, he’s keen to see how his side matches up against the early league pace-setters.

“Maybe we are a little behind them but our expectation in the long term is to compete with all the big clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool,” Pochettino said.

“We are building a new stadium, we have an unbelievable training ground and we want to set the principles to be a big, big club. Our spirit and ambition is to be one of the biggest in the world, but you need time and a normal process.

“It is difficult to compare Tottenham and Manchester City. You look at their budget, the salaries they pay and compare it with Tottenham, and it is very clear… we have very different projects.”

Guardiola’s six wins from six has signalled an intent in his debut campaign and as the team to beat – he looks forward to facing ‘one of the best managers in the world’.

The Spaniard said: “I think he’s one of the best managers in the world – I enjoy watching Tottenham. He’s doing an amazing job… the way they play I like a lot – they’re aggressive and have a lot of quality.

“They’re proactive, not reactive. There are many teams who wait to see what you do and then react – they [Spurs] don’t wait to see what they’re going to do. They want to create their own game. That’s why I like them.”

Team news:

Danny Rose has been ruled out of the fixture with a hamstring injury and Kane is a long-term absentee with an ankle ligament problem.

Citizens captain Vincent Kompany’s injury woes continue as he misses out with a groin strain and winger Nolito is suspended for the top-of-the-table clash.

Midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph will also miss out.