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It’s Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend … Will things get even worse for Spurs?
The weekend’s high-profile Premier League showdown, when Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur, is one of the big agenda items on this week’s African Football HQ podcast.
Ed Dove and Malek Shafei anticipate this encounter and assess the likely African participation in the fight, as Serge Aurier could well go head-to-head with Riyad Mahrez of Algeria.
The debate over whether Mahrez can truly be considered world-class is back on the agenda this week, and the Algerian playmaker has failed to consistently impress since hitting a hat-trick against Burnley in 2020.
While this city team is at the top of their game, having broken the English all-time record for back-to-back wins, Mahrez has only been a peripheral figure, making limited decisive contributions as Pep Guardiola’s team plunged into the title. .
Aurier remains a doubt for this one, although surprisingly Spurs fans may be itching for him to return to the team after his defensive horror show against Everton midweek.
Generally convincing at the rear, Tottenham sent five when they were eliminated from the FA Cup, with Matt Doherty fighting as a right-back.
While Aurier has a reputation for being terribly error-prone, he has improved this season and fans are hoping he can return in time for the City meeting.
However, even if he does return, it remains to be seen if the Spurs can hold off Guardiola’s boys as they seek to reverse his miserable form.
Also on the podcast, we look back on the Morocco African Nations Championship campaign, inviting special guest Benjamin Hajji (@MaghribFoot) to the show to talk about how the Atlas Lions planned another race to the title.
He also assesses the form of Achraf Hakimi for Internazionale as they compete for Serie A, and Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla, who is hot on the heels of Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi in the race for the La Liga Golden Boot.
Also on the agenda, we look forward to Fulham vs Everton, a preview of an all-Nigerian encounter between Ademola Lookman and Alex Iwobi, and examining Al-Ahly’s campaign at the Club World Cup.