Manchester City are coming off their worst league defeat of the season last weekend. Following that painful thrashing from Everton, Pep Guardiola will be looking for his team to rebound in an enormous way against Tottenham Hotspur. New signing Gabriel Jesus has been in training and could be in contention to face Spurs. That would certainly be a trial by fire for the Brazilian wunderkind.
Spurs meanwhile are in very good form, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Star striker Harry Kane is coming off a hat trick performance last weekend and can certainly victimize the porous City defense. Speaking of the City defense, most supporters would agree something has to change, and Guardiola will have his hands full trying to decide who plays and who rides the bench.
This is a difficult starting eleven to predict as the side that was taken apart by Everton had been in decent form before last weekend. But in Tottenham City have a foe that has bested them often in recent years, so perhaps changes should be made against this specific opponent.
Below are the eleven players I believe Pep will select to face Tottenham. The 4-3-3 has been City’s best formation this season and Pep should stick with it.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
Sigh. Bravo has been a disappointment this season, there’s no doubt about that. However, if City are going to accomplish anything this season, Bravo will need to regain his confidence and form.
Defense: Bacary Sagna, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov
Sagna has been City’s most consistent player in defense. Otamendi has been slightly less consistent, yet still effective for the most part. The big one is captain Vincent Kompany. He’s been spotted in training and is taking constant fitness tests, and considering this is a must0win game, Pep should go with his best defender and the leader of this team. At left back, Clichy must be benched after that awful display against Everton. Kolarov may be slow, but at least he doesn’t turn the ball over with the same frequency.
Midfield: Fernando, Yaya Touré, David Silva
The Pablo Zabaleta midfield experiment suffered a fatal wound last weekend. That leaves Fernando as the only other defensive midfield option. At his best Fernando can be a great shield for the back four. Yaya needs to be at the top of his game operating in the pivot spot and David Silva must be allowed time and space further forward if this starting lineup is going to work.
Forwards: Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Jesus
De Bruyne and Agüero are very difficult to leave out of any starting lineup. Both are such phenomenal players on their day and barring injury should be in every City starting eleven. The real punt here is new signing Gabriel Jesus. Why not throw the young forward into this game and see what he’s got? Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané can always feature off the bench, but allowing the young Brazilian the opportunity to play from the start and not be anxious on the bench might be a benefit.
So that’s our predicted lineup! As for a score prediction, I'll go with 2-1 for City. Goals from David Silva and, yes, Gabriel Jesus! Thanks for reading and come on City!