… As Leicester, Southampton, Arsenal war over points
BY PAUL EREWUBA
Tottenham Hotspur would be home to League leaders, Manchester City, as both teams ‘war’ over three points in Matchday 7 of the English Premiership, (EPL).
Tottenham, who are second on the log with 14 points, would attempt to earn the maximum three points to shore up their position and possibly over take Man City in their next match.
No doubt, Hotspur would heavily depend on Heung-min Son, their in-form midfielder who has banged in five goal ahead of today’s meeting with Manchester City.
The South Korea international – who netted both of his side’s strikeslast weekend’s win at Middlesbrough and has cemented a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans, is a player Manchester City must watch out for.
And for Man City, it could be a bridge too far to cross, as their dependable attacker would not be in today’s epic encounter.
De Bruyne’s stunning early season form had played him into more than 20 per cent of FPL squads.
Pep Guardiola, during the week, confirmed that his side will be without £10.8m Kevin De Bruyne for the next few weeks following the Belgian’s recent hamstring injury.
“Kevin’s injury is not a big one. In two and a half or three weeks, maybe he will be ready, “ he stated.
But Guardiola sure has confidence in other players including Super Eagles attacker, Iheanacho who could turn the table against their ‘foes’.
There is also a solution as Raheem Sterling looks tailor-made to step up in De Bruyne’s absence.
Rejuvenated under Guardiola, Sterling has produced four goals in his last three outings and, like De Bruyne, has done very well in five of the opening six Gameweeks.
In another development, Burnley would be up in arms against one of the League contenders, Arsenal in a keenly contested encounter. And Burnley, who are doing well so far, are not treating the match with a kid’s glove.
For Burnley Manager, Sean Dyche,it is all about focus. And he relishes the satisfaction he got after his side earned their second Premier League win of the season, beating Watford 2-0 on Monday night.
However, Burnley would have to work extra hard if they must cost an upset. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is on fire and ready to kill. He has fired four goals in his last three Premier League starts, only stumbling in the Gameweek 4 home encounter with Southampton having been limited to 29 minutes from the bench.
The Chilean’s form also mirrors that of De Bruyne.
And at the King Power Stadium, Leicester would literally go to war with Southampton City to determine who goes home with the three maximum points ahead.