Soon after celebrating his first anniversary at Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho will look to highlight the club’s improvement under his care with a Week 9 win over Manchester City.
The Premier League campaign is set to resume Saturday following a two-week international break. The Spurs can temporarily take the top spot if they get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mourinho marked one year as Tottenham chief on Friday (November 20) and hopes to make it two wins in as many meetings with City since he was appointed boss in north London. Spurs beat this foe 2-0 in a chaotic clash back in February, when Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min provided the goals in Harry Kane’s absence as Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off for the Citizens:
What TV Channel is Tottenham-Manchester City on?
NBC will air Manchester City’s trip to Tottenham, where kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream Premier League matches on fuboTV.
Both teams are suffering from notable absences at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where the hosts will miss Matt Doherty after he tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty with the Republic of Ireland. Japhet Tanganga should be fit enough to contend for a place at right-back, though Serge Aurier could be preferred by Mourinho as the more natural fit.
The visiting team will contend with a more damaging list of injuries, however, with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho both likely to remain sidelined as they regain match fitness. The pair have managed only two Premier League starts apiece this term and were absent in the run-up to the international break, meaning Guardiola may take more time easing them back into the fold.
City’s boss won’t hesitate as much to welcome back Raheem Sterling after the winger missed both of England’s recent UEFA Nations League matchups against Belgium and Iceland. His muscular injury isn’t believed to be very serious, however, and the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan reported Sterling will be back in time for Saturday’s fixture:
City travel to England’s capital unbeaten in their last nine games across all competitions, but three draws in their last five league outings has left them 10th in the table (albeit with one game in hand over most teams). Tottenham’s sole defeat of the league campaign so far came in Week 1 at home to Everton, but Mourinho’s men have since regained their footing and are seeking a fourth straight domestic win.
How to Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
When: Saturday, November 21
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Guardiola’s side are one of six teams yet to be beaten away from home in the Premier League this term. There is a high risk though that run will end Saturday having lost in both previous trips to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. City were the second team to visit the ground soon after its opening in April 2019, when Son was the sole scorer in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The South Korea star will be eager to keep up his 100-percent scoring record at home to the Citizens since moving to the new stadium. Alex Young of the Evening Standard wrote Son—who has 10 goals and five assists in 13 games this season—returned to England via private jet following his international commitments in order to get a head-start on his preparation for Saturday’s duel.
Another player of great importance to the home outfit is midfield anchor Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a failed disciple from Guardiola’s Bayern Munich days now playing a pivotal role under Mourinho:
The Denmark international joined Bayern in 2012—one year prior to Guardiola's arrival—but he managed just 23 first-team appearances after the Catalan came in and was loaned to Augsburg and Schalke before joining Southampton in 2016. His move to Spurs has been a rampant success thus far, however, and Hojbjerg might now be considered one of the first names on their team sheet.
In a season where the Premier League has welcomed a host of new managers to the title chase early on, it’s a familiar face in three-time champion Mourinho who could steal Leicester City’s lead in Week 9.
The Special One might see no better method to cement that status than with a win over old adversary Guardiola, who goes in search of his own redemption at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.