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The Barclays Premier League returns this weekend after the international break, with the champions Manchester City in action against Tottenham Hotspur live on BT Sport.

Manuel Pellegrini will be content - if not necessarily happy - with his side's start to their title defence, with City currently lying second in the table after seven games.

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However, the Chilean will be alarmed by Chelsea's early-season form - having seen the Blues open up a five-point gap at the top already.

As such, the City boss will demand nothing less than three points when his side take on Spurs at the Etihad this Saturday October 18th, in the day's lunchtime kick-off (12:45pm).

The champions have won their last two league games - away at Hull City and Aston Villa respectively - and will look to make it three in a row in this 12:45pm kick-off.

Spurs will have other ideas, with Mauricio Pochettino's side looking to cause an upset on their trip to Manchester.

A win would take Tottenham - who currently lie sixth with 11 points - level with City and primed for a tilt at the UEFA Champions League spots.

However, Spurs have struggled for goals at times this season, with two of their three Barclays Premier League wins being narrow 1-0 victories.

This leaves the north Londoners with little margin for error against a free-scoring Manchester City side.

BT Sport viewers have plenty of other games to look forward to this weekend, starting with an Italian double-header on Saturday October 18th.

Viewers can watch Roma v Chievo from Serie A at 5pm on BT Sport 2, before Sassuolo host Juventus on BT Sport 1 at 7:45pm.

Fans of German football can enjoy Schalke 04 v Hertha Berlin at 5:30pm on BT Sport 1, before Monaco face Evian TG in France's Ligue 1 at 7pm on BT Sport Extra.

Early risers on Sunday October 19th can get their fix from Australia's Hyundai A-League, with Melbourne City taking on the Newcastle Jets at 5am and Perth Glory lining up against Brisbane Roar at 7am.

There's three more games from Serie A to look forward to, with Fiorentina v Lazio (11:30am), Verona v AC Milan (2pm) and Inter Milan v Napoli (7:45pm) all live on BT Sport 1.

Marseille v Toulouse gets the Ligue 1 action underway at 1pm on BT Sport Extra, before Montpellier v Lyon on BT Sport 2 at 8pm.

Two Bundesliga fixtures complete the line-up: Hamburg v Hoffenheim (2:30pm on BT Sport 2) and Paderborn v Eintracht Frankfurt (4:30pm on BT Sport 1).

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