Fixture makers haven’t given Nuno Espirito Santo and his new Tottenham Hotspur look at any time before a major test, as exhausted defending champions Manchester City visit north London on Sunday (Watch live at 9am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.
It was a streak for the hosts last season, as Tottenham beat Man City 2-0 in north London and the future champions were rewarded in a 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Will Harry Kane play (EDIT: no)? Is John Stones ready to feature (EDIT: not quite), and what about Jack Grealish (EDIT: yes)?
Will geese play a role in shaping Man City (EDIT: too early 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 squad news, injuries, lineup
Tottenham do not have Harry Kane available against the team most likely to try to sign this transfer window. Ryan Sessegnon is absent, while Japhet Tanganga takes 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 squad news, injuries, lineup
Summer injuries and transfer drama will cost this game some of its famous names.
Man City are without Phil Foden and Liam Delap is also unavailable. Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones start 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 for their preseason.
THE NEWS OF THE TEAM IS IN! ??
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Torres, Sterling.
SUBSCRIBERS | Steffen, Walker, Stones, Jesus, Zinchenko, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo.
– Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2021
Ends and ends (Full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Tottenham may be at home, but punters are still giving them unfavorable odds to win at +425. Man City are -167 even with their absences, both certain and potential. A draw is considered almost as unlikely as a victory at +300.
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Prediction: Tottenham v Manchester City
It’ll seem a bit odd considering it’s August, but predicting two straight non-wins for Man City so soon seems like a bit too much of a challenge. It took a penalty for Leicester City to win the Community Shield, but it looks like it will take more than a break for Nuno to put in an impressive scorer, even at home. Jack Grealish, now? Marker far… and let’s keep an eye out for awesome preseason man Samuel Edozie. Tottenham 1-3 Man City.
How to watch Tottenham vs Manchester City stream and start time
Kick off: 11:30 a.m. ET, Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
In line: Stream via NBCSports.com