Jose Mourinho and Tottenham will be looking to bring Man City’s impressive run to an end when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Securing a 2-0 win over their opponents in the reverse fixture back in November, Pep Guardiola’s team have really gone up a gear or two since then to open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.
A daunting fixture given City’s fine form of late, what exactly isn’t going to help Spurs out is the fact they played 120 minutes against Everton in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.
Very good going forward at Goodison Park, it was a different story at the back as they shipped five goals in a thrilling 5-4 scoreline.
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But who will Mourinho start on Saturday evening at the Etihad?
Our Tottenham and football.london reporters have had their say and you can see the sides they’ve picked below:
Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter
Fairly solid at the back on Sunday in the win over West Brom, Tottenham were anything but that on Wednesday in the FA Cup at Everton.
As Jose Mourinho is still unsure over his best Spurs backline despite the fact the end of the season is just over three months away, he is once again going to shake things up there.
He may as well give Joe Rodon an extended run in the team now as other combinations just aren’t working, with Toby Alderweireld the man to partner him.
A three-man defence may be appealing given Man City’s red-hot form at present, yet it just doesn’t work for Spurs if both Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon aren’t available at the same time.
Adding an extra man to the midfield in Moussa Sissoko may be the way to go, with Tanguy Ndombele then able to push on and play alongside Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min behind Harry Kane if needed.
While it would be nice to see Dele Alli start after his return at Everton, he needs to build his fitness up before he’s thrown in from the off.
Guest’s team: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Davies; Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele; Lamela, Son; Kane
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Lee Wilmot – Head of Football for London and the South
After a rip-roaring rollercoaster match at Goodison Park it seems unlikely that Jose Mourinho will tell his team to go out and play such an open brand of football against Man City.
I fully expect a more defensive approach, as long as he doesn’t go with the back three option.
Hugo Lloris should have a back four in front of him of Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Joe Rodon and Ben Davies in my mind.
Rodon has made the odd mistake, but he’s impressed me when he’s been in the team and despite Davinson Sanchez’s goals against Everton, he still worries me defensively.
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In front of him sit Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele.
Then Erik Lamela has impressed since coming into the team in the last couple of games, so he should start again, alongside Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min. He also offers a bit of extra bite in there that may be needed against City.
Harry Kane starts up front, obviously.
Wilmot’s team: Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Alderweireld, Davies; Hojbjerg, Ndombele; Lamela, Bergwijn, Son; Kane