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Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

:Headline: Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur:
Ahead of Saturday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the two squads.
By , Senior Reporter | 2mo

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur do battle in the Premier League on Saturday evening, with both clubs having begun their campaign with three points.

City, who are looking to win their third top-flight crown in a row, were hugely impressive in their 5-0 victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Later that day, Spurs overcame a show start to register a 3-1 success over newly-promoted Aston Villa, who had led until the 73rd minute.

Here, Sports Mole has selected the best possible XI from the players who are available for the highly-anticipated showdown at the Etihad Stadium.



While Hugo Lloris has earned Spurs points on his own in the past, we cannot ignore the record of Ederson, who has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the world since moving to City last year.

Pep Guardiola also has three representatives in the defence, with Kyle Walker, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte all getting the nod over their respective counterparts.

However, City's weakest area of the pitch is at left-back, leaving us to select England international Danny Rose over Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was less than convincing against the Hammers.

Despite both clubs being stacked with options in the middle of the park, selecting a formidable trio proved relatively simple, with Rodri a no-brainer for the defensive role.

Given the security provided by the Spaniard, we can afford to deploy playmakers on either side, meaning that Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Eriksen are picked over the likes of David Silva, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele.

That has led us to select Bernardo Silva on the right-hand side, given that the Portugal international is more comfortable with assisting from a defensive standpoint than an out-and-out winger.

The form of Raheem Sterling means that the Englishman is guaranteed a spot on the opposite flank, leaving us to pick one of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane down the centre.

At a time when Guardiola will have his own doubts regarding who to select out of Jesus and Aguero, Kane gets the nod as a result of his ruthless late double against Villa. body check tags ::

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1Liverpool88002061424
2Manchester CityMan City85122791816
3Arsenal84311311215
4Leicester CityLeicester8422147714
5Chelsea84221814414
6Crystal Palace842288014
7Burnley8332119212
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham83321111012
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs83231412211
10Bournemouth83231313011
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves82421111010
12Manchester UnitedMan Utd82339819
13Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8233810-29
15Aston Villa8224131218
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8224513-88
17Southampton8215815-77
18Everton8215613-77
19Norwich CityNorwich82061021-116
20Watford8035420-163
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