City’s run of fifteen consecutive victories is the longest in the history of the top flight, but a Tottenham Hotspur side who are unbeaten in four matches against City will be confident of finding a way to stop them.
After all, City’s perfect start to last season was ended at White Hart Lane, as was Chelsea’s 13-game run of wins in January. Spurs, however, have been much poorer against the top six away from home – Mauricio Pochettino’s only win against a top six rival in the league, in 17 attempts, came against City last year.
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Spurs do have the team to challenge City though, and the know-how too after beating them at their own game last season with an intense press which broke up the Sky Blues’ passing rhythms.
They will be helped in this by the return of Erik Lamela from a long injury lay-off, although the Argentinian is likely to start on the bench after a first start for 13 months in Spurs’ midweek victory over Brighton. Neither side has any new injury or suspension problems, with Spurs only without Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama through injury, and Davinson Sanchez through suspension.