Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Securing Champions League football is of paramount importance to Premier League clubs. And with only eight matches left to play this campaign, the top-four race couldn’t be any more fierce. 


While Liverpool and Manchester City battle it out at the top of the Premier League table, some less-fortunate clubs are fighting tooth and nails to feature in next season’s Champions League.

Even before matchday 30, the standings looked a bit straightforward. Tottenham, sitting four points clear at third, looked on course to feature in Europe’s elite tournament for the fourth successive campaign. However, a defeat to Southampton, combined with Arsenal’s win over Manchester United, has made things complicated. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have picked up just a solitary point from their last four Premier League matches, which has allowed their North London rivals, Arsenal, to move within a point of Spurs. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also came to a screeching halt as the Gunners thumped them 2-0 at the Emirates.

The win helped Arsenal bounce back strongly from their 3-1 Europa League to Rennes. They played fearlessly, full of confidence, and, in the end, deservedly walked away with all three points. Unai Emery’s Arsenal haven’t always been the most consistent, but in the final stretch, they are really looking like a force to be reckoned with. 

Since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, Manchester United have looked a lot sharper, more confident. Yes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally tumbled in the Premier League, but that shouldn’t undermine their progress under the Norwegian in any way. They are only a couple of points behind Arsenal right now, and with eight games still to play, there is plenty of twists and turns still in store. 

Finally, in the sixth position, we have Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. The Blues have been highly inconsistent this season, but they are still in the running to book a place in Europe. They currently have a four-point deficit to overturn and seem to have enough firepower to pull it off. This weekend, they fell to a 1-1 draw against the Wolves and were lucky not to walk away empty-handed. Sarri’s men are also in the Europa League, and considering their form in the competition, they look like one of the front-runners for the pole position.

The next eight fixtures will decide the teams’ fate, and some teams are more fortunate than others. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Huddersfield (H), Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (H)

Arsenal 

Newcastle (H), Everton (A), Watford (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H), Burnley (A), Wolves (A)

Manchester United 

Watford (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), Cardiff (H)

Chelsea

Everton (A), Cardiff (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Manchester United (A), Watford (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H)

After analysing the four sets of fixtures, it’s safe to say that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have their work cut out for them. Manchester United, too, have a couple of relatively tough fixtures in there, but Arsenal — fourth in the Premier League table — seem to have the easiest run-in and are the favourites to book their place in Europe. 

Also Read: PL GameWeek 30 – As it happened

Tottenham vs Dortmund |Champions League: Preview, Team News, and Prediction

Tottenham vs Dortmund |Champions League: Preview, Team News, and Prediction

Tottenham vs Dortmund

  • Tottenham Hotspur welcome Borussia Dortmund, to Wembley for the first leg of their hugely-anticipated Champions League round-of-16 clash.



Hotspur needed a dramatic 1-1 draw at Barcelona to secure their place in the knockouts. Dortmund, on the other hand, edged Atletico Madrid on goal difference to qualify as group winners.

Both teams have some brilliant players at their disposal, making tonight’s fixture a must-watch footballing spectacle.

Tottenham Hotspur

For a team that didn’t spend a dime in the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur have done a superb job in the 2018/19 campaign. In the Premier League, they sit just five points behind Liverpool and Manchester City — played a game less than City. They took a bit of time to find their feet in Europe — picking up one point from their first three group games — but made sure to turn it around in their last three fixtures.

Hotspur squandered many golden opportunities against PSV and Eindhoven before eventually making them count, but the determination they showed against Barcelona in their last group stage fixture, showed their quality. The Lilywhites won’t have Harry Kane for the first leg, but Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente should fill in handsomely for the club’s leading goalscorer. Moussa Sissoko is likely to miss the tie but Christian Eriksen’s creativity should compensate for Sissoko’s doggedness.

Also Read: PL Gameweek 26 – As it happened

Borussia Dortmund

When Lucien Favre took charge of the club in the summer of 2018, not many expected him to make such an immediate impact. BVB have been one of the most impressive sides in Europe this season and have looked capable of beating any team on their day. Thankfully, the days have not been far and few between. They currently have a five-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga table and are now the bookies’ favorites for ending Bayern Munich’s supremacy. 

BVB recent form, however, hasn’t been very encouraging. The German outfit have failed to win any of their last three matches and are currently lacking the confidence required to see games off. Favre must realize that his side are feeling the burden of expectations and must teach them how to respond on the pitch. They have some explosive players within their ranks, but recent results show they are still a team in transition. Marco Reus’ — who has 17 goals for Dortmund in all competitions — absence would be a big blow for Favre’s leaders, but an in-form Jadon Sancho (8 goals and 10 assists) should fill in perfectly for the injured German.

Head to Head and Prediction

Wednesday night’s encounter will be their fifth competitive meet in history. Spurs came out top during last season’s group stage double-header, while Dortmund registered a 5-1 aggregate win in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League back in 2016.

Wednesday’s fixture, on paper, seems perfectly balanced. Hotspur, statistically, are the more in-form team but they, too, have vulnerabilities at the back. Dortmund have one of the best attacks in the world and are capable of punishing each of Spurs’ mistakes. Tonight promises to be a helter-skelter of a contest, guaranteed to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Tottenham vs Dortmund

Hotspur is expected to win with a scoreline of 2-1.

Champions League – A Quick Look at This Week’s Fixtures

A Quick Look at This Weeks Champions League Fixtures

It’s been a long, long wait, but finally, the Champions League is back in all its unpredictable and nail-biting glory. 


The most elite footballing tournament in Europe, Champions League is set to kick-start its knockout stage from tonight, and we can’t wait for the ball to roll. Round-of-16 matches may not have the intensity of the semi-finals, but they gave us the first true taste of nerve-wracking end-to-end action.


This week, UEFA Champions League has four fixtures in store. The first leg doesn’t necessarily have the same stakes, but they are just as crucial. So, without further ado, let’s take a brief look at this week’s matches. 

AS Roma vs FC Porto

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Both Roma and Porto will fancy themselves to get into the final-8 of the Champions League this season.

The Italians, who famously knocked Barcelona out of the quarter-finals, last season, qualified second behind Real Madrid in Group G to reach the last-16, this term. Porto, on the other hand, picked out 16 points out of a possible 18 to top Group D.

The two teams aren’t as decorated as many of their fellow round-of-16 participants, but they, most definitely, are just as determined. Porto have a better group stage record this season, but they probably won’t find much joy playing at the ever-intimidating Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.

Prediction: Roma 3-1 Porto

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester 
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Premier League giants, Manchester United, will welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford for the first leg of their round-of-16 tie on Tuesday night.

When the tie was announced in December, most followers considered it to be a walk in the park for the Ligue 1 outfit. In many ways, the assumption, especially considering United’s form at the time, was spot on. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment has single-handedly turned the tie on its head. United are currently enjoying an 11-game unbeaten run — 10 wins — and look capable of beating any team on their day. 

Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, have lost Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injuries and will be forced to rely only on Kylian Mbappe up top. The Frenchman is undoubtedly capable of producing something special but has his work cut out for him against an in-form Manchester United.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 PSG

Also Read: Manchester United next Superstar – Marcus Rashford

Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund

Venue: Wembley, London
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will look to topple the odds when they host Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

The Wembley boys have done superbly well to cope with the absences of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. They are only five points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table and will look to carry their domestic form into Europe. Spurs ousted Inter Milan to get into the final-16, and they most certainly won’t let all that effort go to waste so early in the tournament. 

Borussia Dortmund haven’t won any of their last three matches and will look for a response at Wembley. They have been one of the most impressive teams in Europe this season and will need to be at their best to get something out of their trip to London.

Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Dortmund

Ajax vs Real Madrid

Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Defending champions, Real Madrid, will look to keep the 2018/19 knockouts in style when they make the trip to Ajax on Wednesday.

Santiago Solari’s men haven’t had the best of seasons so far. A poor start to La Liga has left them six points behind leaders Barcelona. However, their recent form has been quite encouraging. Most of their star players are back to their best, allowing Los Blancos to almost toy with their opponents. Winning the tournament for a fourth straight season seems like a distant dream, but the 13-time winners have never been too fond of normalcy.

Ajax’s young brigade are excited to play the European champions, but they won’t probably fancy getting much out of Wednesdays’ lop-sided contest.

Prediction: Ajax 1-3 Real Madrid

“That’s Not the Dream Though – to be Top Four” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Responds to Mauricio Pochettino’s Trophy Comments

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Responds to Pochettino's Trophy Comments

Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted that winning major silverware would be much more memorable for his side after Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, tried to downplay the importance of trophies. 


Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham hasn’t won a major trophy since their EFL Cup success in 2008. Over the last week, Spurs were knocked out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup, respectively, virtually ending their hopes for a piece of silverware, this season.

Following the FA Cup fourth-round exit to Crystal Palace on Sunday, Pochettino – who reportedly is the frontrunner to become United’s next permanent manager – downplayed the importance of silverware claiming that trophies ‘only builds your ego’ and ‘the most important thing is being consistent in the top four and playing in the Champions League.’

Also Read: Tottenham injury concerns and why they need to enter the Transfer Market to ensure Top 4

United caretaker boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, couldn’t agree with his colleague’s assessment and reiterated the importance of silverware for a club of Manchester United’s stature.

“That’s not the dream though – to be top four,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.

“We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league. We can’t do that this year but we’ve just got to look forward to that again because we have to get back to that. We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say top four and that’s it. We’ve got to look at, ‘Can we win something this year?’ And as I’ve said, I go into every single game as a Man United manager thinking we can win this game.”

“If you win trophies that’s a fantastic day for everyone in the club, it’s just the best time of your life, that day when you win. Because you never know when the next one is going to come. The manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) always said, ‘Enjoy this. Whatever trophy you win, you have just got to enjoy it’. But, then again, it’s not up to me to discuss whatever anyone else says, I am just saying that we here at this club, we are looking to win trophies.”

“I am not here to discuss what Pochettino says and what other managers say. First of all, it’s the next game, but we are about winning trophies, of course, we are. And we can’t win the league this year. We are still in the cup, we are going to try to win the FA Cup, of course. I think every manager wants to win every game so I don’t think that is the point [Pochettino] was making.”

“Just being here is a great achievement, being asked to be here. But of course the more you win, the more you feel good. The feel-good factor is getting better. We’ve done well but it’s not about getting excited.”

“Still a long way to go, so we just need to focus on the next game. I know it’s boring to hear this, but it’s about improving, it’s about getting better. It’s great that we’ve picked up eight points,” he concluded.

Sixth-placed Manchester United will be chasing their 9th win on the trot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

League Cup Semi-Final | Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (2-2 Aggreagate): 4-2 Penalties

League Cup Semi-Final | Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (2-2 Aggreagate): 4-2 Penalties

Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup to set up a scintillating encounter with Man City in the Final.


Chelsea put up a good fight against Tottenham and came out on top to book a berth in the Final of the Carabao Cup Final. Maurizio Sarri had publicly criticized his players after a devastating performance against Arsenal and the Chelsea players really reacted positively and are now in the final.

A few things went the Blues’ way especially that Tottenham had arguably three of their most important players ruled out in Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The fact that the game was at Stamford Bridge also really tipped the scales in Chelsea’s favor but overcoming a resolute Spurs defence and coming back from a
1-0 deficit is no mean feat and no credit should be taken from Chelsea.

Before the start of both legs, the Media had put a very interesting spin to the fixture setting Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri up as Perrenial Underachievers and highlighted the fact that both Managers had still not won a trophy. The victor isn’t promised a trophy but is obviously given a really good chance to win one and in the end, it was the newcomer Maurizio Sarri who came out on top. Mauricio Pochettino has been a sensational manager at Spurs but the fact of the matter is that he needs to do a better job when it comes to crunch games that could fill up his empty Trophy cabinet.

Chelsea did play exceedingly well with N’Golo Kante scoring an absolute stunner in the 27th Minute and Eden Hazard doubling the Blues’ advantage merely ten minutes later with a clever first-time shot. But former Blue transfer target Fernando Llorente equalised for Tottenham in the 50th Minute. In the end, the game had to go down to penalties.

Chelsea had a perfect run at all their spot kicks with Willian, Jorginho, Azpilicueta and David Luiz converting their kicks. Spurs on the other hand weren’t very good with their spot kicks, though Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were successfu, Eric Dier shot wide and Lucas Moura’s shot was saved very well by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Football is funny that way isn’t it? Just a week before this game Pundits, fans and even Maurizio Sarri was questioning the Players’ winning mentality and now the defence seems sorted, the players seem motivated and Chelsea have  acquired one of the best strikers in Europe in Gonzalo Hguain. But that’s the thing with this game, the downfall can be much faster than the uprise. Chelsea will need to be careful.

 

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Following a wildly exciting Gameweek 22 – which was headlined by Manchester United’s nail-biting 1-0 win at Tottenham – Fantasy Premier League is back again with more thrills and unpredictable spills. 


The Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 starts with Leicester City’s trip to Wolverhampton at 6:00 PM (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, with the final match of the week, which sees Tottenham take on Fulham, set to be played on Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Injuries to a couple of big players are bound to make things difficult for the managers, this week. And here, we hope to make things a tad easier by outlining the players to avoid and their probable replacements.

Players to Avoid

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – £12.6m

The Tottenham Hotspur ace is one of the sought after forwards in the world and, quite naturally, is one of the most picked players in the Fantasy Premier League. Sadly, the England skipper picked up a nasty ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, leaving 30% of managers in despair.

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Courtesy: Evening Standard

According to Spurs’ medical report, the forward won’t return to training until the first week of March, forcing him to miss at least 6 Premier League Gameweeks. He had been in scorching form, scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists in his last 5 appearances. So, his replacement also needs to be right up there.

Replacement: Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – £9.3m

Fir
Courtesy: Liverpool

Losing Harry Kane is indeed a big blow, but this in-form Liverpool forward could provide more than a solid cover. Roberto Firmino has scored 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matches and will fancy himself against 14th-placed Crystal Palace.

Also Read: 5 young Brazilians who can take PL to next level

Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.7m

The Tottenham midfielder has been in blistering form in the Premier League lately, but will not be available for selection, this week. The wide midfielder has flown out to the United Arab Emirates to help his country, South Korea, in the AFC Asian Cup, and has already provided an assist in his tournament debut.

Heung
Courtesy: TalkSport

Before flying off to the UAE, Son had scored 8 goals and provided 5 assists in 17 Premier League appearances, giving a commendable return of 106 points.

Replacement: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.9m

Dell
Courtesy: SkySports

Truth be told, the England international has not done much to justify his hefty Fantasy Premier League price tag, since the start of the season. However, in Harry Kane and Son’s absence, the youngster is bound to get a more prominent role. So far, he has scored 4 goals and provided an assist in 16 Premier League appearances, but we expect for him to boost his goal tally against Fulham, this week.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – £5.2m

On Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed their prized right-back’s unfortunate knee injury. The untimely injury will rule the Englishman out, at least, for the next four weeks. This injury will force Jurgen Klopp to dig deep into his reserve bench as he looks for a suitable alternative.

Alex
Courtesy: Give Me Sports

Liverpool have the best defensive record in the English top-flight, and the youngster has been an irreplaceable part of the Reds’ gritty back-line. Before injuring his knee, the 20-year-old had scored 1 goal and kept 10 clean sheets in 17 Premier League appearances.

Replacement: Matt Doherty – Wolves – £5.2m

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Courtesy: Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City, last Gameweek, but they are expected to fare a lot better against an inconsistent Leicester City, this Saturday. Doherty has been one of the standout performers for Nuno Santo’s men, this season, and has a fair chance of picking up crucial defensive and attacking points against the Foxes.

Premier League MatchWeek 14 – Sunday Review

Premier League MatchWeek 14 - Sunday Review

Matchday 14 of the Premier League and an amazing Super Sunday of games! Only 3 games took place on this memorable day with 3 scintillating Derbies to cap an amazing round of games.


Much Like the Games on Saturday, the Premier League maintained it’s high standard of Electric Football with Derby Day. Here’s a roundup of what happened.

Chelsea 2 – 0 Fulham

The Blues returned to winning ways after a humiliating loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea didn’t produce anything too Special but got the job done.

The West London Derby kicked off especially well for Chelsea as the Blues opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Stamford Bridge erupted as N’Golo Kante capped off a brilliant run of play in Midfield to set Pedro up on the right wing, the Spanish Forward calmly slotted the ball into the Goal to give Chelsea the lead. 

Maurizio Sarri’s side then seemed to have tapered off and almost seemed content with the one Goal Lead. Fulham had a couple of good Chances Courtesy Callum Chambers, The Arsenal defender who is on Loan at Fulham forced two very good saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga and was a constant threat for the visitors. Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham side continued to challenge their West London neighbors till Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek killed the game off just 8 minutes from time. The Englishman was set up by Eden Hazard who very cleverly found Loftus-Cheek to his right who put the ball past Sergio Rico to seal the three points.

 

Arsenal 4 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal Continued to impress in what was probably the Gunners best Performance in a London Derby in recent years. Unai Emery’s showed some immense character and will be beaming with Confidence as they set themselves up for a game against Manchester United in Midweek.

Jan Vertonghen gave away a Penalty just 10 minutes into the London Derby courtesy a pretty evident handball and was even booked. Arsenal’s Piere Emmerick Aubameiyang steeped up to the Spot and calmly put the Gunners in the lead. Tottenham Hotspur came straight back into the game at the Half-hour mark, Eric Dier got just enough off Christian Eriksen’s sensational set-piece to level things up at the Emirates and to Unai Emery’s despair just Four minutes later Callum Chambers brought Son Heung-Min down in the box to concede a Penalty. Spurs’ main man Harry Kane made no mistake from the Spot and just like that the Visitors were in front at Half-Time. 1-2.

The Gunners came back to pull off one of the Greatest Comebacks this Season. In the 56th Minute, Aubameiyang scored a long-range curler to make it 2-2 and go top of the Premier League Golden Boot race with his 10th Goal. The Emirates erupted and the atmosphere was electric, the fans began to believe and it evidently transferred on to the pitch. substitute Alexandre Lacazette was fortunate with a well driven deflected effort that found the back of the net to put Arsenal back in the Lead. Arsenal’s holding Midfielder and new signing Lucas Torreira showed his quality in front of Goal and killed the game off in the 74th minute. Things went from bad to worse for Tottenham as in the dying minutes Jan Vertonghen was shown a second Yellow and sent off for a foul on Alexandre Lacazette. 

 

Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton

Liverpool proved that Merseyside is Red yet again! Jurgen Klopp’s side pulled off a thrilling and memorable Derby win and are still within reach of Table toppers Manchester City.

1-0 scoreline was in no way reflective of a boring game, instead, the scoreline indicates a host of chances wasted by both sides. Liverpool were threatened in the first half when Yerry Mina’s header missed the goal by inches, effectively this chance set the tone for the rest of the game. Andre Gomes later suffered to Alisson Becker’s outstanding keeping, the Brazilian denied Gomes from Point Blank range to keep his side in the hunt. In the Liverpool camp, it was a frustrating day for Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri, The Senegalese Forward missed at least two out and out scoring chances, overhitting both while Shaqiri was denied by Jordan Pickford from close range. 

Jurgen Klopp surprisingly brought on Belgian forward Divock Origi for his first appearance this Season. The move definitely paid off as deep into extra time Origi capitalized on Pickford’s inability to collect the ball after it ricocheted off the post and headed his team to victory!

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1 Manchester City | A goal and an emotional night for Mahrez

Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Manchester City | A goal and an emotional night for Mahrez

Premier League Highlights: Manchester City beat Spurs 1 – 0 as former Leicester man Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winner to recently deceased Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha


Mahrez‘s early close-range goal gave Manchester City hard-fought victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley to send them back to the top of the Premier League whilst keeping Spurs at fifth place. 

Most of the pre-match discussions were about the state of the Wembley turf after the NFL fixture on Sunday. The stadium witnessed a period of silence when Last Post is played in tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict as well as the unfortunate events that ensued in Leicester and the match kicked off shortly after.

Ederson‘s long ball created difficulties for Trippier, who failed to deal with the goalkeeper’s long punt, let Raheem Sterling ease into the box and find Mahrez who taps the ball into the net. The former Leicester player lifted his hands to the sky in celebration and pointed upwards emotionally, ultimately dedicating the goal to the Leicester Owner and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic death just a few days ago.

Harry Kane almost finds the equaliser almost instantly but his powerful shot flies just over the bar. Toby Alderweireld flicks an unmarked header straight at Ederson a minute later. At the other end, Mahrez’s attempt from a tight angle was pushed onto the post by Hugo Lloris.

David Silva missed a great chance to give City a two-goal cushion after the break, Bernardo Silva finds David Silva inside the 6-yard box and the Spanish midfielder strangely decides to take a touch and pass the ball, instead of tapping it in, to Sterling who fails to find the net from a tighter angle. Spurs withstood that attack and Pep Guardiola seemed extremely furious in the dugout. Sergio Aguero should have made it 2-0 as he curled a feeble effort at Lloris from 10 yards in space.

Tottenham were somehow still in the game with 10 minutes remaining but missed a great opportunity to level the score as Erik Lamela fired a shot over the bar from just 10 yards out with just Ederson to beat.

This result keeps City at the top of the table as they remain unbeaten in the league with 26 points out of a potential 30, while Tottenham stand five points behind in fifth place.

Manchester City host Fulham in the Premier League on Friday, 2nd November while Tottenham travel to West Ham in the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday, 1st November.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City | Premier League, Match Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City | Premier League, Match Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur target a fifth consecutive Premier League Win against Pep Guardiola’s Mighty Manchester City.


Tottenham Hotspur host Defending Champions Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium in what promises to be a feisty encounter. Manchester City along with Liverpool and Chelsea are the only other unbeaten side in the Premier League and Pep Guardiola would be determined to not throw that record away. Furthermore, if City can go on to take all three points at Wembley they would go top of the Premier League table. Tottenham had a very shaky start to the Premier League but have now seemed to have found that winning formula once again in the Premier League but will still be hoping to get over the disappointing 2-2 Draw against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. Both sets of Managers will be a tad bit frustrated after being forced to Play on a Wembley Pitch just one day after an NFL game, Here’s to hoping Wembley’s groundsmen to a good job in giving us a perfect pitch.

Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettinho are masterful tacticians and it’s pretty obvious that both Managers will set their players up very well for this game. Expecting a scintillating encounter from these two has become second nature for Football fans.

Team News: Tottenham Hotspur

Key defenders Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose remain sidelined with a Hamstring and groin Injury respectively, Toby Alderweirald and Ben Davies are expected to retain their place in the lineup. Mauricio Pochettinho will be relieved with Dele Alli’s return from a Hamstring injury but the English International may not get a starting spot considering Erik Lamela’s fine form. Spurs will have to be very wary of this all-star Manchester City team.

Predicted XI: Lloris, Davies, Sanchez, Alderweirald, Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Moura, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane

 

Team News: Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is on top of the World as he claims Manchester City played their Best Football in a  3-0 Win against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. In terms of injuries, Ilkay Gundogan is still out with a groin injury, Brazilian full-back Danilo is also out with an ankle problem. Claudio Bravo remains a Long-term absentee for City.

Predicted XI: Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero, Sterling

Key Players for Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane

Harry Kane had a slow start to the Premier League as he tried to recover from a long World Cup campaign. But the English Captain looks more like himself now with 5 Goals and 1 assist. Kane is always key to Tottenham’s success.

Key Players for Manchester City: Sergio Aguero

Aguero is arguably one of the best Foreign strikers to have graced the Premier League. The Argentine has 6 Goals and 2 assists and we won’t be surprised if he finds the back of the net tonight.

Inter vs Tottenham – Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Inter vs Tottenham - Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur start their UEFA Champions League campaign at San Siro against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Match Preview

Here, we pick the Combined XI among the stars of Inter Milan & Tottenham Hotspur for their upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper – Samir Handanovic (Inter) 

With Tottenham’s first choice, Hugo Lloris, injured, experienced Inter stopper Samir Handanovic gets the nod ahead of 2nd choice Michel Vorm. 

Left Back – Danny Rose (Tottenham)

The English fullback has lost his place to Ben Davies in the Spurs lineup but his quality is still unquestionable. Rose will be looking to redeem his place in the Spurs eleven.

Centre Back – Milan Skrinar (Inter)

Although a largely unknown figure, he was one of the best center-backs in the Serie A last season, Milan Skrinar has been sensational for Inter this season as well. With 18 duels won and a pass accuracy of 96%, the 23-year-old defender is stepping into the realm of world-class.

Centre Back – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Tottenham stalwart Jan Vertonghen has been as solid as ever. With 32 duels won and an 88% passing accuracy, the Belgian defender has started his Premier League campaign strongly.

Right Back – Serge Aurier (Tottenham)

With the meteoric resurgence of Kieran Trippier during and after the World Cup earlier this year, Serge Aurier is set to warm the Spurs bench unless he shows his worth in the tie against Inter.

Left Midfield – Ivan Perisic (Inter) 

Ivan Perisic has been in excellent form for Nerazzurri in the Serie A scoring 2 goals and assisting 1 in just 4 matches

Centre Midfield – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Christian Eriksen has been essential for Spurs this season, providing 2 assists and playing in every match of the Premier League.  

Centre Midfield – Radja Nainggolan (Inter)

The controversial new signing from rivals Roma has proven to be a great one. Nainggolan has already scored a goal in just a couple of matches and holds a passing accuracy of 88%

Right Midfield – Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

The Brazilian has won the Premier League player of the Month award due to his sensational performances in the month of August for Tottenham. Lucas Moura will be looking for his first goal in the Champions League in a Spurs shirt.

Striker – Mauro Icardi (Inter)

Highly-rated Argentinean striker Mauro Icardi is yet to open his account in the Serie A this season and the Inter fans will be hoping the striker will find his feet soon, better so against Spurs.

Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Despite not being at his usual best, Harry Kane has been directly involved in 3 goals in just 5 matches in the Premier League. The English striker will be desperate to prove some sections of the fans wrong about his fatigue and physical condition.