Manchester City host Tottenham on Thursday night hoping to reduce Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Citizens were defeated in the Manchester derby at the weekend and are eight points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race. They were also recently eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Southampton.
Pep Guardiola will seek to relieve any pressure on the building by beating Tottenham, who were in worse shape after their derby defeat by north London rivals Arsenal.
GK: Ederson – He has kept only one clean sheet since returning from the World Cup, in which he played once – a 1–0 defeat against Cameroon in the group stages.
Right back: Kyle Walker – 18-year-old Rico Lewis has battled for minutes at right-back recently, but the more experienced player should start against his former club.
CB: John Stones – Stones’ absence was exploited against Manchester United as the Red Devils completed a 2-1 victory.
CB: Manuel Akanji – The summer signing enjoyed more minutes in the league city None of his rivals for the full-back position, as the team missed out on Ruben Dias in defence.
Left-back: Nathan Ake – He played in central defense against United but is likely to move away, replacing Joao Cancelo.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – Slight concern considering he missed training on Tuesday. It’s no surprise that De Bruyne tops the Premier League’s assists chart this season with 10, as he recently put up Jack Grealish against United.
CM: Rodri – City’s midfield pacer could not have done much more against United as he dictated the play, but his teammates were unable to open up a resolute Old Trafford defence.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – He was an unused substitute during the derby defeat. His extra threat from midfield could help City beat Tottenham.
RW: Phil Foden – Hooked up after an hour against United. He hopes for another start but may withdraw if Guardiola chooses to favor Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez.
ST: Erling Haaland – He has now gone three matches without a goal. In a world where Haaland has already scored 21 league goals this season, that’s a long drought.
LW: Jack Grealish – He came off the bench to face United. That strike should be enough for Grealish to get a start against Tottenham.