Tottenham vs Man City LIVE! Latest score, team news, how to watch and Premier League match stream today
Tottenham vs Manchester City LIVE!
Tottenham host Man City this evening looking to go top of the Premier League as Jose Mourinho faces off against old rival Pep Guardiola.
Spurs went top for a couple of hours before the international break with their hard-fought win at West Brom and another victory at home will send them into first spot overnight.
Mourinho masterminded a win over Guardiola when these two teams met in February, but even the Spurs manager will likely admit that his team rode their luck that day.
With kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm GMT at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, follow all the latest team news, build-up and analysis from Dan Kilpatrick.
Tottenham lineup: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son, Kane
Man City lineup: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Torres
Strong City side
That team is probably as strong as City could get when all the fitness issues are considered.
I like the look of Bernardo alongside Kevin De Bruyne in midfield, and the inclusion of Ferran Torres after his Spain hat-trick seems logical.
Riyad Mahrez returns after being dropped completely vs Liverpool, and he’s reacted exactly as Guardiola would have wanted with two mature performances for Algeria this week.
Phil Foden might feel slightly unlucky to only be on the bench.
Riyad Mahrez in action for Manchester City. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven league games since losing their opener 1-0 to Everton, winning five and drawing two in a run which sees them currently third, just one point adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Only Chelsea (22) have scored more goals than Spurs so far (19) with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min combining to form the deadliest partnership in the English top flight right now. If Jose Mourinho can get his defensive balance right, there’s no telling how much success Spurs could enjoy this season.
Man City will be a stern test of Spurs’ credentials, however. Despite being 10th with only 12 points from seven games so far, Pep Guardiola’s men have only lost once during that time and hold the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League having conceded just nine goals.
Bizarrely, it’s in the final third where Guardiola has struggled to find a balance, with City only managing 10 Premier League goals thus far. That being said, even with Sergio Aguero sidelined, the Citizens still have a terrifying amount of firepower in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and co.
Even without all the talent out on the pitch, there is always the tantalising prospect of Mourinho and Guardiola resuming what is arguably the biggest managerial rivalry the Premier League has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson vs Arsene Wenger.
- Tottenham (vs West Brom): Lloris; Doherty*, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Bale, Ndombele*, Son; Kane.
- Man City (vs Liverpool): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan; Torres, De Bruyne, Sterling*; Jesus.
Giovani Lo Celso, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Japhet Tanganga and Tanguy Ndombele are all fitness doubts, while Mourinho will also be without right-back Matt Doherty.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho on the injury list while Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake both picked up knocks while on international duty and could miss out here. Benjamin Mendy’s fitness is also touch and go.
Mourinho vs Guardiola head-to-head:
- Played: 23
- Mourinho wins: 6
- Guardiola wins: 11
- Draws: 6
Players to watch:
Tottenham: Just when it felt like he’d hit his peak, Harry Kane has elevated his game to a whole new level at the start of the 2020/21 campaign. The England international has opened the season with seven goals from eight Premier League games and, even more impressively, has provided at least three more assists (8) than any other player in the English top-flight so far. Once again, Kane has adapted his game, dropping deeper to become as much of a creative influence as a goalscoring one. It’s a move which has also seen him set up no fewer than seven goals for his partner crime, Son Heung-min.
“I think it started with the relationship that they have,” Mourinho said of Kane and Son’s partnership recently. “They are good friends, they like to play on each other. They just want to win and to perform, there is no space for jealousy.
“Sonny is a very fast player, likes to attack spaces, and Harry is amazing with the ball and when he drops back, he is a player with high quality.”
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