Tottenham Hotspur looks to win their third straight match in all competitions as they host second-place Manchester City on Sunday. Since the 4-2 collapse at the Etihad against Man City a few weeks ago, Spurs have won two straight matches against Fulham (0-1) in the Premier League and Preston North End (0-3) in the F.A. Cup. Can Spurs make it three straight on Sunday?
Will Conte be on the touchline?
All signs point to Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini taking over managerial duties against Man City as Antonio Conte recovers from his recent gallbladder surgery. However, Stellini did mention that there is a slight chance that Conte may be on the touchline for the match, but that decision will be made Saturday before the game. Although Stellini has taken charge of the squad before, not having Conte on the touchline would be a massive miss for Spurs.
A Tottenham Hotspur debut for Pedro Porro?
Assistant manager Cristian Stellini said a debut for Pedro Porro is possible but didn’t confirm or deny whether the Spaniard would be starting on Sunday. It would certainly make an intriguing debut, as Porro was with Man City before moving to Sporting CP. As many fans may be eager to see Porro start the match, it would not be a surprise to see Emerson Royal picked in the starting lineup, given that Spurs may want to prioritize defense against the possession-based side Man City.
Spurs look to keep home streak vs. Man City alive
Since moving into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs haven’t lost when they’ve hosted Manchester City. Spurs have won four straight against the Citizens at their new ground in all competitions, with the first being a 1-0 win in the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2018/2019 season. Spurs will look to continue this streak as they have no injuries in the squad, with Richarlison and Lucas Moura available for selection.
Spurs currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table on 36 points, while Man City is in second place with 45 points. Tottenham will look for three points to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United. Tottenham will have to start the match with intent, as they did at the Etihad, but have a much better second half to pick up the three points and keep a couple of streaks alive.