The 2016-17 English Premier League season has Manchester City as the only last team standing with an unbeaten record under their new manager, Pep Guardiola. However, the Manchester club has an upcoming tough duel with the London-based club Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday, which puts Guardiola’s unbeaten record at risk after Celtic denied them another straight win in the mid-week Champions League group match to shake up the latest Premier League lines.
Before the game, City had won all their competitive matches this season, but it seems their fortunes decelerated on Wednesday night with a draw at Celtic with 3 goals apiece. The Scottish side gave Manchester City a run for their money by cracking their defense. Undoubtedly, Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will take advantage of their opponent’s mid-week performance to encourage his players to end their unbeaten record. The two teams hold the top two spots in the league’s standings and their clash at White Hart Lane will be worth watching.
When it comes to the possible lineups for the game, both teams will be missing key player ahead of their matchup on Sunday. After suffering a damage to his ankle ligament during their September 18 EPL game against Sunderland, Harry Kane will not feature in Spur’s lineup on Sunday. He has to recuperate for at least one month, meaning Pochettino has to find a suitable replacement for the highest-scoring player for the past two seasons.
Nevertheless, Son Heung-min is in a spectacular form so far and I believe he will play a big role to revitalize the fans. In the last five competitive games for his club, the South Korea international has scored five goals, with the last one coming from their 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow in Russia. Pochettino expressed his admiration for the forward saying he is on fire and his excellent scoring form is important for the team.
Manchester City, on the other hand, is anticipating avenging their opponents after both contests last season against the Spurs. Even though they sit with a comfortable four points at the top of the table, many significant player will not feature in the upcoming game. They include both Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany who picked up injuries in their Saturday’s win over Swansea City with a 3-1 score line.
The third-placed Arsenal and fourth-placed Liverpool will have to win their away game this weekend to exert pressure on the summit. Arsene Wenger will be looking forward to win his fifth consecutive game on Sunday away at Burnley, who have picked maximum points in only two games of the season. The Gunners and the Spurs are separated by only one point and Wenger will be relying on top scorer Alexis Sanchez to help the team secure a win with his superb scoring form. In the last three appearances against Burnley, Sanchez has scored three goals.
Last season, Liverpool lost to Swansea City with a 3-1 thrashing at Liberty Stadium, but with the pressure hovering around manager Francesco Guidolin; even Juergen Klopp will have to strategize carefully to beat the Welsh team in the matching game on Saturday. Everton failed to leap over Tottenham after a one-all draw with Crystal Place on Friday night. On Sunday, sixth-placed Manchester United will be hosting he 19th-placed Stoke City with the hope of extending their remarkable home record against them. The Red Devils have beaten Mark Hughes’s side in the previous eight league matches at Old Trafford.