It's not just a matter of bagging three points, but the winner of the Manchester City and Tottenham biggest fixture will be sending a huge warning to all the rivals about their credentials.
For Spurs, the game is a perfect barometer of the improvement the squad may have made since losing the Champions League final, while a win for the Cityzens could puncture all the lingering hopes of the likes of Liverpool, that Pep Guardiola's team will be a force too big to handle all season.
The Premier League match will be played between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium (City of Manchester Stadium), in Manchester, England. The ground has a capacity of 55,097.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, August 17.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester City – W L W W W W
Tottenham Hotspur – W L W W L W
Manchester City Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Manchester City Probable XI:
Ederson (GK), Zinchenko, Laporte, Stones, Walker, Rodrigo / Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus / Sergio Aguero
Tottenham Hotspur FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Tottenham Hotspur Probable XI:
Lloris (GK), Walker-Peters, Alderwireld, Sanchez, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Tanguy N'Dombele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane
Potential Game Changers:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Raheem Sterling: Improvement is what he has been showing every season. his goal scoring rate is increasing, his overall influence too big for any player on Guardiola's roster. He started the season with a bang, scoring a hattrick in the opening fixture.
Harry Kane: The 26-year-old was equally impressive in Spurs' season opener against Aston Villa. The 26-year-old scored twice and will be looking to add more as he seeks for a win at the home of the rivals.
Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian is a class above most of his peers. After missing the large chunk of the last season, the 28-year-old will be eager to make amends for the lost time.
Riyad Mahrez: The Former Leicester City player was the man of the match for City last weekend. Not only he scored once and set up two more, but the Premier League player of the year winner was too hot o handle despite West Ham swarming around him to nullify his threat.
Christien Eriksen: Arguably Spurs' most gifted player. He made an immediate impact off the bench in the last game and can hurt City with his passing.
MCI vs TOT Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester City will start the game as favourites.