After losing to Sunderland, the international break was supposed to provide Manchester City with some respite from their defensive problems, with the rest allowing skipper Vincent Kompany to creep closer to a return from injury.
However, news out of the Belgian camp indicates that the centre back could require up to eight weeks to recover from his thigh problem, a revelation that makes the 1/2 on Tottenham scoring against the Citizens when the Premier League graces our television screens again a must-back.
Martin Demichelis has kept just one clean sheet since making his debut.
The Capital One Cup game against Newcastle aside, the Argentine has been in the starting line-up in every meaningful game for City since making his debut against Chelsea at the end of last month.
However, in those four games the ex-Bayern Munich stalwart has only managed to stop the opposition scoring once, in the 7-0 battering of Norwich.
The opposition have slotted in three of the four league games that Matija Nastasic hasn’t started.
City’s Serb has carved a groove for his backside in the heart of City’s defence, making the most Premier League starts of any centre-back in the squad, with seven.
However, when he’s been absent on the teamsheet the opposition have revelled more often than not, scoring at least once in three of the four games that the men in sky blue have been without their 20-year-old stopper. With Nastasic’s availability for the Tottenham game in doubt because of a knock, Spurs’ chances of scoring a rare goal are boosted.
Joleon Lescott has been City’s worst performing centre-back this season, according to Who Scored.
The ex-Wolves man has slid so far down the centre-back pecking order that even midfielder Javi Garcia has been preferred to marshal the defence.
Lescott’s fall from grace is highlighted by his damning overall match rating of 6.77 on whoscored.com from his five league starts this season, the worst of any stopper to have taken the Premier League field for Manuel Pellegrini this term.