The Premier League resumes after the international break with Manchester City looking for a third straight win against a Tottenham side against whom they scored 11 goals in two games last season.
Even at this early stage of the season, Manuel Pellegrini’s side cannot afford to drop points and fall too far behind leaders Chelsea, but the last two performances away from home will have come as a relief, with players such as James Milner and David Silva hitting top form. Meanwhile, the pressure on Yaya Toure seems to have relented after his crucial opening goal at Aston Villa.
But despite the recent positives, it is still apparent that City are some way off their best, with too many stray passes affecting them at Villa Park while opponents may decide to target highly-rated Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala as he continues to adapt to English football.
Tottenham conceded in the first minute at the Etihad Stadium last season and ended up losing 6-0, but they will strive to avoid yet another humbling defeat against one of the title contenders. Securing victory in the last game at home to Southampton was progress, but they need to start scoring more goals, as Emmanuel Adebayor in particular has yet to get going in front of goal this term.
However, manager Mauricio Pochettino’s main focus will be for his side to be tough to break down, with captain Younes Kaboul hoping to lead from the front and Etienne Capoue expected to protect the back four effectively.
Samir Nasri misses out for Man City due to a groin injury, but Fernandinho should be fit to play following a hamstring problem.
The visitors are set to go with Eric Dier at right-back with Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker both sidelined. There are doubts over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and winger Nacer Chadli.
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