Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

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  • City 3-1 at White Hart Lane since 2011
  • Slim all-time edge to City: 58W-34D-57L
  • Spurs are six points back of leading Citizens

Manchester City hopes to rebound from its first Premier League loss of the season with a visit to a road venue they’ve treated like home in recent history (Watch live at 7:45 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Four-straight wins have given City the advantage in the all-time series, and the matches haven’t been close. Since the start of the 2013-14 Premier League season, City has outscored Spurs by 16-2 with a pair of clean sheets.

Pablo Zabaleta has deemed himself available for selection against his former Espanyol teammate Mauricio Pochettino, who runs Spurs. Out for City are Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph, Kelechi Iheanacho, Eliaquim Mangala and David Silva, absences which have been key to City’s recent losses to West Ham United and Juventus.

Tottenham is missing a few players, too, with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb out.

What they’re saying

Harry Kane on Spurs’ game plan — “Any team we play we’re looking to get on the front foot, to press, to get high up the pitch, get bodies forward and get numbers in the box. It doesn’t matter what strikers they have – they have quality all around the pitch – but if you want to be up there in the Premier League you have to cope with that.”

Pablo Zabaleta on his “reunion” with Pochettino — “It was in my first year at Espanyol and his last at the club. We’ve never been close friends, but I knew he was going to become a good manager. He was 35 at the time and an experienced player and he spoke to the younger players and advised them as a manager would. Since then, he’s done well wherever he has gone and I think he’s shaping a good, young team at Tottenham.”

Prediction

We’d generally like City to rebound here, but there’s a lack of continuity in the squad for this match. Spurs are playing better and will look strong at home. Call it 1-1 at White Hart Lane.