In the biggest match of the seventh round of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur will play host to title contenders and current league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
The Citizens have enjoyed a prolific start to their Premier League campaign as they look to wrest the title back from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. They won their first five games on the trot and not just the wins, but the manner in which they went about their business must have made their opponents nervous.
However, their domestic form didn’t translate into European football as they lost 2-1 to reigning Italian champions and 2015 Champions League finalists Juventus in their opening match of the 2015/16 Champions League at the Etihad Stadium. That loss followed another 2-1 reverse, this time at the hands of West Ham United in the Premier League, thereby destroying the Citizens’ perfect start to the league season.
They recovered in the midweek and defeated Premier League strugglers Sunderland 4-1 in the third round of the League Cup at the Stadium of Light to get back some semblance of form back.
Ominously for Tottenham Hotspur, summer signing Kevin De Bruyne has not taken much time to get acclimatised to his new team and has already netted twice – once in the defeat against West Ham United and then against Sunderland in the League Cup win. Raheem Sterling has been causing problems on the left wing and will likely wreak havoc at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have experienced contrasting fortunes in their Premier League start. They began their league journey with a loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford and then endured three successive draws – one of which was against Stoke City when they let go off a two goal lead to allow the Britannia Stadium outfit back in the game and eventually secure a solitary point.
However, they have won their last two league games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, albeit with a narrow 1-0 margin.
The Lilywhites played a high-voltage fixture in north London derby when they came up against Arsenal in the midweek in a League Cup encounter. The Gunners inflicted a 2-1 defeat and eliminated their bitter rivals out of the domestic cup competition.
Pochettino faces the daunting task of regrouping his charges for another difficult game and will be hoping that they rise up to the challenge of facing the current league leaders on Saturday.
Spurs’ summer signing Heung-Min Son has started his White Hart Lane career on a bright note as he netted a brace against Qarabag in a Europa League clash and followed it up with a solitary strike against Crystal Palace that gave his side a narrow 1-0 win over the Eagles.
Nevertheless, the north Londoners are still waiting for Harry Kane to get on the scoresheet in the Premier League as the form of their leading striker is essential if they are to challenge for a spot in the top four and more immediately, if they are to get past Manchester City this weekend.