Coral’s Tottenham and Manchester City combined XI on current form
This weekend’s biggest Premier League clash is undoubtedly the early Saturday kick-off between Tottenham and Manchester City so, in light of battle, Coral football writers have put together a combined XI based on form this season in all competitions.
Visitors City (19/20 odds-on favourites with Coral for victory) currently top the table after winning their opening five, before losing last time out to West Ham United, while Spurs (14/5) have triumphed in their previous two.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Man City’s Joe Hart may have kept five clean sheets out of six games already this term in the league, but Lloris has done so in the last three matches including a match-winning performance against Crystal Palace. He is 9/2 not to concede again.
Right back: Bacary Sagna (Man City)
With usual Citizens right back Pablo Zabaleta out injured, Sagna has ably deputised and makes this team ahead of Tottenham’s Kyle Walker.
Centre back: Vincent Kompany (Man City)
Belgium’s Kompany was nowhere near his best last season, but has made a remarkable turnaround this term for his team, being a rock at the back and even getting on the scoresheet twice too. The fact that City lost against West Ham in his absence proves that he was strongly missed.
Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
After being signed by Spurs to partner his Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence, Alderweireld, who spent last term on loan at Southampton, has slotted in superbly.
Left back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City)
It is fair to say that Kolarov has firmly won the race with Gael Clichy for the left back position at the Etihad, and he has certainly shoe this season.
Defensive midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Usual centre back Dier has quietly gone about his business in an unfavoured role, but that goes to show that the young Englishman has thrived in a position shouldn’t take plaudits if done well – one famous example being Claude Makelele.
Centre midfield: Yaya Toure (Man City)
Like Kompany, Toure had an off-season in 2014/15 but has bounced back, by setting up three and getting a goal so far this campaign. The Ivorian has scored in this fixture before, and is 10/3 to do so anytime again.
Right wing: Raheem Sterling (Man City)
Many questioned Sterling’s big money move from Liverpool to City, but the England starlet has certainly silenced critics so far by putting in some impressive performances. Sterling gets in ahead of star Spaniard David Silva, who is still out injured.
Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
He’s only three games into his domestic career with Man City, but already former Chelsea attacker De Bruyne has made his mark by getting two goals and an assist. The Belgian is 11/4 to net anytime.
Left wing: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)
Another Red Devil (nickname for Belgium national side, in case City fans were wondering) makes this team, as Chadli hopes to build on his goal and two assists this season in league and cup.
Striker: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)
Expecting Sergio Aguero and/or Harry Kane up font? Well neither have impressed us this season so far, with the former scoring just twice in eight club appearances (one was a penalty), while the latter is yet to find the net. South Korean summer signing Son has been a revelation, with his energy, ability and three goals in four starts.