The Brazilian, who made a cameo in last weekend’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal, could start ahead of the out-of-form Heung-min Son but the latter is usually effective against City, with manager Antonio Conte already predicting his side. Enjoy more than “20 or 25 percent possession” – suggesting a counterattacking approach that suits the South Koreans.
Rodrigo Bentanker is set to return to midfield for the first time since recovering from an adductor strain ahead of the World Cup, with 20-year-old Pape Mater Sarr expected to make way after making a surprise full league debut against Arsenal on Sunday.
Ivan Perisic will also aim to return at left wing-back following Conte’s surprise decision to start Ryan Sessegnon at the weekend.
Spurs’ back five could remain unchanged, with little to choose between Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, or Clement Lenglet and Ben Davies.
Tottenham Predicted XI (3-4-3): Loris; Romero, Dyer, Davies; Doherty, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusewski, Ken, son.