Two Premier League rivals will go head-to-head in Nashville as both clubs round off their pre-season tours of the United States
Two of the favourites for the Premier League title will clash in Nashville on Saturday when Manchester City take on Tottenham.
Both clubs are concluding their pre-season tours of the United States with one final International Champions Cup fixture before they return to Europe.
It could mean a quick reunion with his former club for Kyle Walker, who left Spurs for City in a £50 million deal earlier this summer.
|Game||Manchester City vs Tottenham|
|Date||Saturday, July 29|
|Time||17:00 (local) / 23:00 BST|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Premier Sports and by stream via Premier Player.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports||Premier Player|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. It can also be streamed on WatchESPN.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes (Spanish)||WatchESPN|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Man City players|
|Goalkeepers||Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric|
|Defenders||Walker, Stones, Kompany, Otamendi, Denayer, Mangala, Adarabioyo, Danilo|
|Midfielders||Zinchenko, Nasri, Roberts, Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden, Diaz, Fernandinho, Toure, Sane|
Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan may miss the start of the Premier League season, but City hope David Silva will be ready to return sooner.
Bernardo Silva and Claudio Bravo have been given an extended break after playing at the Confederations Cup, while Wilfried Bony, Fernando, Kelechi Iheanacho and Fabian Delph did not travel.
Potential starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Stones, Danilo; De Bruyne, Toure, Diaz; Sterling, Jesus, Sane.
|Goalkeepers||Austin, Lloris, Vorm, Whiteman|
|Defenders||Alderweireld, Brown, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Dinzeyi, Trippier, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Wimmer|
|Midfielders||Dele, Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Georgiou, Nkoudou, Oakley-Boothe, Onomah, Wanyama, Winks|
Tottenham are without Heung-Min Son, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko, all of whom are injured.
Potential starting XI: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Kane, Dele.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Man City are 6/5 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Tottenham priced at 2/1 the draw available at 13/5.
Both Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola have taken similar approaches to pre-season: their schedules have been kept short and sweet and after this match, both clubs will return to Europe with only one more game to play before the Premier League kick-off in a fortnight’s time.
In brings into question how valuable friendlies actually are these days and the priority of the two managers appears to have been to simply stay injury free while getting a game or two’s worth of minutes into their players’ legs.
Manchester City have had the much busier few weeks off the pitch, of course, with several high-profile signings joining the club. Tottenham have been their polar opposite, with no one added to Pochettino’s squad nearly a month into the window.
The fear among Spurs fans will be that having finally brought themselves to the level of the country’s top clubs, they are now left behind by the kind of spending that they either cannot or do not want to match.
Last season, Tottenham relied mostly on internal improvement to progress; Dele Alli was one of a number of young players to improve and Heung-Min Son’s second season in England was much more successful. Victor Wanyama proved to be an excellent signing, but others flopped.
This year, it is more difficult to pinpoint where that improvement is going to come from. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Vincent Janssen could emulate Son, but it is hard to see them taking a big enough stride to crack the starting XI on a regular basis. Kieran Trippier is a solid replacement for Kyle Walker, but probably not an upgrade.
Unless major additions are forthcoming, Spurs will be asking the players they already have to take another step forward. The team they have is an excellent one but the competition is growing ever fiercer.