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The subplot to this opening day fixture is undoubtedly the saga surrounding the future of Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker has made his voice heard by missing training last week as he looks to push a move through, though Man City’s acquisition of Jack Grealish for a British record £100m puts the move for Kane in financial doubt.
Spurs head into the new season under new management after Nuno Espirito Santo opted to switch the midlands for North London, and a win against the Champions would certainly ease some potential early season pressure.
The Lilywhites succumbed to their lowest league finish since the 2008/09 season last year, finishing off the campaign with just four wins from their final nine games.
They do, however, remain unbeaten under new management across their five pre-season friendlies with wins over MK Dons, Colchester, and North London rivals Arsenal while they also battled to draws against Leyton Orient and Chelsea.
They showed good spirit against the latter having gone two goals behind, and they’ll need every ounce of that fight against a side of City’s calibre on Sunday.
City are after a fourth league title in five years, and the signing of Grealish certainly signals that intent.
They walked the title last year by a comfortable 12-point margin, though of their six defeats, one did come in this exact fixture as Spurs ran out 2-0 winners.
In fact, the London side have now won five of their last seven home meetings with Man City across all competitions and memories of those fixtures should spur them on here.
Son Heung-Min To Score Anytime
In order to do so they’ll have to overcome a strong opening day record from their visitors, who have won their first game of the campaign in each of the last 10 seasons, though it should be noted that the last team to stop them doing so were Spurs themselves who held them to a 0-0 draw in the 2010/11 season.
While the outcome is very much uncertain, it’s become a regularity for Son Heung-Min to find the net against the Citizens.
The South Korean was in phenomenal form last season and managed 27 goals and assists, scoring in this exact fixture.
That goal means he’s now netted in each of his last three home games against City in all competitions, and he’s netted half of his side’s last 10 against Pep Guardiola’s outfit.
He scored the winner in the North London derby in his last outing, and he looks good value to get on the scoresheet again here.