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HIGH STAKES: Both City and Spurs are being billed as title contenders this season

HIGH STAKES: Both City and Spurs are being billed as title contenders this season

There's much analysis of tactics and stats in the media this morning as journalists and pundits try and predict what will happen in Sunday's clash between Spurs and City at White Hart Lane.

Ex-Tottenham midfielder and now BBC analyst Jermaine Jenas reckons this game could be the one where boss Pep Guardiola's flawless league record falls.

Jenas opines: "Guardiola's 100% winning record in the Premier League is obviously extremely impressive, but there have still been signs that City are vulnerable - and not just in Wednesday's 3-3 draw at Celtic in the Champions League.

"City won at Swansea last weekend, but the Welsh side made it difficult for them and had spells where they were on top. I am expecting the same from Tottenham, but to a greater effect.

"City have the highest possession rate - 64% - in the Premier League this season, but I don't think they will have more of the ball at White Hart Lane - and Tottenham will be dangerous whenever they come forward.

"Spurs are better known for having a mean defence than scoring freely. They conceded the fewest goals in the top flight last season and have done the same so far in this one - but they are not a defensive-minded team."

There's much more reasoning from Jenas via the link but all that remains for us to say is... we shall see!

With Sunday's eye-catching clash in mind, Sky Sports are running an article titled 'Who is the most exciting team in the Premier League so far this season?'

Charlotte Marsh writes: "Manchester City top the charts for goals with a huge 18 goals scored in six games.

"Pep Guardiola's men have made a 100 per cent start to the season, and average three goals per game.

"Liverpool are the league's second-most prolific side, just two goals behind. However, Liverpool have also scored the joint-most goals from outside the box, firing in the same number of screamers as Burnley. 

"Arsenal are also a close third - with an average of 2.5 goals per game this far - with Manchester United (12), Chelsea and Tottenham (both 10) making up the top six - although Spurs are yet to score from outside the box this season."

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Over on the Associated Press website, City's tactics are impressing correspondent Steve Douglas.

He reflects: "Manchester City's risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic.

"With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to  midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players,  Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for himself and burst upfield.

"Just like that, Celtic was opened up and City was launching another attack.

"Guardiola acknowledges his possession-based style is fraught with danger but it's been getting  results, with City making its best-ever start to a season in winning 10 straight games and scoring 30 goals in the process. It sparked talk of City winning the Premier League at a canter."

And finally, the Manchester Evening News carry words from Guardiola on the task of juggling a series of big fixtures coming down the line.

James Robson reports: "Pep Guardiola insists he will not let the prospect of a return to Barcelona derail Manchester City’s 100 percent start to the Premier League season.

"Leaders City face second-placed Tottenham in an early summit meeting between two of the title favourites on Sunday.

"Guardiola saw his perfect start to the campaign come to an end in Wednesday’s frantic 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League.

"He now faces a double-header against his former club Barca - with the first game coming up on October 19.

"The paper quotes Guardiola as saying: 'We are going to recover well, focus on White Hart Lane and we have time to think about Barcelona.'"

More media talk here same time, same place tomorrow!

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