Paul Merson is predicting a comfortable 3-0 win for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane this Saturday, as per Sky Sports.
However, Newcastle have been one of Chelsea’s chief “bogey teams” in recent seasons, having won their last three meetings at St James’ park and taking more points off the reigning champions than anyone else in the last three seasons.
Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele and Alex Pritchard are all also unavailable through injury but Pochettino is expected to recall a number of first team regulars. The Argentine faced questions about his fitness after enduring a knee injury against Crystal Palace, but Pellegrini urged patience from supporters. Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Kelechi Iheanacho are all fighting to feature. Aguero looked sluggish in last week’s loss to West Ham, possibly due to the lingering effects of knee injury suffered against Crystal Palace.
David Silva, who also missed the visit of West Ham after falling injured in the warm-up, remains absent, with Jesus Navas scheduled to deputise once more.
However, Manchester City have won eight of the last nine league meetings, scoring 16 goals to Tottenham’s two in the last four games – winning them all.
Harry Kane’s goal drought this season continues despite an impressive performance against the Gunners and the Spurs faithful will be hoping he identifies this game to break his goal duck in order to give them any chance of overcoming the Premier League giants.
Manchester United sit second in the Premier League and could be top at five o’clock tomorrow.
Raheem Sterling, who came to City from Liverpool in a massive deal before the start of the season, had a slow start to the campaign, but continues to show signs of integrating into City’s front line.
Manuel Pellegrini rested eight of his first team players against Sunderland and will have most of his players fresh and ready to choose from.
Anthony Martial may not turn out to be the new Thierry Henry but the teenage striker is proving to be a much better Old Trafford acquisition than last season’s flops, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria.
Manchester City’s defence is starting to look as formidable as their attack, conceding just twice from 52 shots in their six Premier League matches so far: both of which are the lowest in the division.
Mauricio Pochettino was without his preferred midfielders against Arsenal. Spurs have found the net seven times in that run. A recent victor pocketed over £90,000, and all he did was pick out those score draws! However, Sergio Aguero is fully fit again, and will pose the biggest threat for Spurs goal.