The fixture makers didn’t give Nuno Espirito Santo and his new-look Tottenham Hotspur any time before a major test, as depleted defending champions Manchester City visit North London on Sunday (Watch live at 9am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.
This was a series for the hosts last season, as Tottenham beat Man City 2-0 in North London and the eventual champions got payback in a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Will Harry Kane play (EDIT: No)? Is John Stones ready to feature (EDIT: Not quite), and how about Jack Grealish (EDIT: Yes)?
Will geese play any role in Man City’s formation (EDIT: Too soon to tell)? We have so… many… questions.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham vs Manchester City.
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Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup
Tottenham does not Harry Kane available against the team most likely to try to sign him this transfer window. Ryan Sessegnon is out, while Japhet Tanganga passes a late fitness test and starts. Tanguy Ndombele is not in the 18 while Cristian Romero starts on the bench.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 15, 2021
Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup
Summer injuries and transfer drama will cost this match some of its marquee names.
Man City is without Phil Foden and Liam Delap is also unavailable. Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones begin the game on the bench, while Jack Grealish starts the game. There are questions as to whether Ederson and Raheem Sterling start while Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are on the bench after late starts to their preseasons.
TEAM NEWS IS IN! 💪
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Torres, Sterling.
SUBS | Steffen, Walker, Stones, Jesus, Zinchenko, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Tottenham might be home but the oddsmakers still give them unfavorable odds to win at +425. Man City is -167 even with their absences, both certain and potential absences. A draw is deemed nearly as unlikely as a win at +300.
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Prediction: Tottenham vs Manchester City
This will sound a bit odd given that it’s August, but predicting two-straight non-wins for Man City this early seems like trying a bit too hard. It took a penalty for Leicester City to win the Community Shield but it seems like it’ll take more than a single break for Nuno to put an impressive marker down, even at home. Jack Grealish, now? Marker away… and let’s keep an eye out for impressive preseason man Samuel Edozie. Tottenham 1-3 Man City.
How to watch Tottenham vs Manchester City stream and start time
Kick off: 11:30am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com