Analysis

FLIP’s Picks In-Play: Spurs vs Man City

Written by Sam Hopkinson

Since that fateful day back in 2010 when Spurs denied City a Champions League place, the Lilywhites have won just one of their subsequent meetings. That’s bad enough already but it gets worse—in the last two seasons City have outscored their opponents 16-2. Perhaps a more optimistic way of looking at it would be that Spurs lost by just one goal last time out in a 0-1 home defeat. Getting closer! FLIP Sports takes a look at some of the players you should be picking for your teams (assuming Tottenham bother to put one on the field).

DEFENDER

Danny Rose

Rose has yet to properly begin his season for Spurs, but a marauding performance against Arsenal on Wednesday night will have reminded Pochettino of his qualities. Rose comfortably outpaced several players to be a legitimate threat on the left (especially opposite Debuchy who had a night to forget). In his one appearance in the league against Everton, Rose made five tackles and 2 interceptions to nullify the Toffees going forward. There was a time when seeing Rose’s name in the lineup made Spurs fans nervous—too abrasive and too reckless to be a good full back. Nowadays he has turned those weaknesses into strengths and deserves his England call-up. It would be a surprise if Ben Davies started this match ahead of Rose.

MIDFIELDER

Kevin De Bruyne

Despite being on the losing side against West Ham, the former Wolfsburg player was named MotM in City’s last league outing. He also went on to score in the demolition of Sunderland in the League Cup midweek. The Belgian looks to be another creative force for City, and although he was signed for a huge fee he looks to be well worth the money. It seems more and more like Chelsea missed a trick in letting him go—if you’re in any doubt about this kid’s quality, check out this goal against the Black Cats. Spurs will be fervently hoping that De Bruyne isn’t in this kind of form come Saturday.

STRIKER

Raheem Sterling

Look away now, Liverpool fans—because Sterling is on a mission to prove he’s worth the vitriol over the summer. FLIP Sports has more than one great goal to pick from, but we’ve settled on this one—he ghosts in through Watford’s defence to score, showing great movement off the ball. Sterling has also made his contribution in teamwork, City looking much more threatening and solid defensively with the young Englishman on the field. With Aguero misfiring and Bony unable to find form, Sterling will be required to provide much of City’s goal threat.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nacer Chadli

One of the quiet performers of the Premier League, Chadli often goes long stretches without doing much of note—before popping up with a well-taken goal. He managed 11 in the league last season, and with the increased competition for his place he will need to do the same again this time round.

About the author

Sam Hopkinson

Sam has attended matches everywhere from Cambodia to Canada, and is a persistent Spurs fan. If he didn’t have football, he’d probably turn to a life of crime just to get that exhilarating fix. Superstitious enough to believe that picking a player for his fantasy team spells doom for the poor sod.