Manchester City ready for tough Tottenham test
Manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, ahead the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Manchester City at the London Stadium, London, Britain, Aug. 10, 2019. EFE-EPA FILE/WILL OLIVER
London, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Manchester City will take on Tottenham Hotspur in its first home game of the new Premier League home season on Saturday, a rematch of last season’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal that saw the Spurs win on away goals.
The defending league champion’s coach Pep Guardiola is like to face a tough test at the Etihad Stadium after the Citizens started the season in a dominating fashion last week by demolishing West Ham 5-0 with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick.
Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva did not start against the Hammers, but Guardiola is expected to pick his best lineup for Spurs this weekend. Leroy Sane remains injured.
The London side also won its opener 3-1 over Aston Villa, with Harry Kane scoring twice.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be forced to play without South Korea forward Son Heung-min due to his three-match ban from last season. He is set to be replaced by newly-signed Lucas Moura.
Christian Eriksen, who substituted Harry Winks in the 84th minute against Aston Villa, could be in the starting lineup this time.
Liverpool will travel to Southampton on Saturday, three days after claiming its first trophy of the season courtesy of a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
The Reds secured their win thanks to goalkeeper Adrian who saved a Chelsea penalty days just after joining the club.
Chelsea, which lost 4-0 to Manchester United on Sunday, will host Leicester City this weekend in Frank Lampard's first home league game as a coach.
The weekend’s other matches are as follows:
Saturday: Arsenal vs Burnley, Aston Villa vs Bournemouth, Brighton vs West Ham, Watford vs Everton, Norwich vs Newcastle
Sunday: Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United
Monday: Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers. EFE-EPA