Spurs come to the Etihad Stadium this weekend to face a Manchester City side in dire need of a great performance. Although City are the only unbeaten team in the Premiership so far this season, they have not played with the same quality and confidence that they showed in last season’s thrilling title race.
Tottenham will also be eager for a result that would push them closer to a top four spot in the league as they try to rectify the mistakes made in their dismal display against Wigan last weekend. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have had a Jekyll and Hyde season so far (losing to Wigan at home and beating Manchester United away being the most obvious examples) but may be able to gain some momentum with a win over City.
Both teams have struggled with injuries recently but Silva, Lescott and Maicon could all return for City this weekend. However, Milner, Rodwell and Richards are out for longer periods and will most likely not be available. Sandro could be fit to start for Tottenham and would be a welcome sight in a Spurs midfield that is currently missing Dembele and Parker through injury (Assou-Ekotto and Kaboul are also not likely to feature).
Both teams will be desperate for the win but I think Roberto Mancini may need it most of all. If Silva does start for the Blues then it could make the difference between the two teams and will be a huge boost for the whole team. With Silva returning and City having the home advantage, I can see them just edging this one. My prediction: Manchester City 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1.