Manchester City will be looking to get back to form in the Premier League as they head to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, who are after their third straight top-flight victory.
Narrow successes over Sunderland and Crystal Palace have helped lift the hosts up the table, results which have been secured thanks in no small part to two new additions to the starting XI. Delle Alli has wasted little time in showing why he has been tipped for big things ever since bursting on the scene at Milton Keynes Dons, while £22m acquisition Son Heung-min has already given an indication of his importance to the club by finding the net three times.
Those strikes include the only goal to see off the Eagles for his side to collect what was a deserved three points. Meanwhile, Harry Kane will be hoping for similar fortunes in front of goal after experiencing more frustration against bitter rivals Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, seeing one effort disallowed and another cleared off the line. This match promises to be a huge test for Spurs in all areas of the pitch, so they cannot afford to dwell on losing to the Gunners.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini fielded his big guns at Sunderland on Wednesday to enable his Man City side to get back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats in all competitions, both at home. Losing to West Ham United last weekend came as something as a shock as it ended their 100% start and perfect defensive record, but they took a little comfort from the fact that they still played well and came unstuck due to the collective heroism of their opponents.
The last week has also emphasised how good a signing Kevin de Bruyne promises to be, as he has already set about stamping his mark upon the Premier League, and is set to ooze class as part of City’s marvellous attacking quartet, which was prevented from coming together against the Hammers due to David Silva injuring himself in the warm-up. This encounter will be relished in particular by Sergio Aguero, whose scoring record against Tottenham is remarkable.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will be restored to the centre of the Tottenham defence and Hugo Lloris will be back in goal after all of them were rested against Arsenal. Nabil Bentaleb remains out, but fellow midfielder Ryan Mason should return.
Silva might be in line for a return to the Man City squad, and they are hopeful over the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany. Summer signing Fabian Delph and right-back Pablo Zabaleta are definitely unavailable.
Played for both – Vedran Corluka: The reliable Croatian defender was one of a number of players brought to Man City by Sven Goran Eriksson in the summer of 2007, and he scored once in 38 Premier League games before moving on to Tottenham on transfer deadline day the following year. He was a regular in North London until the emergence of Kyle Walker in 2011, scoring his only goal in 81 league matches at Bolton Wanderers in October 2009.