Man City vs Tottenham LIVE team news, predicted line-ups and score predictions
Manchester City take on Spurs in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday evening.
Manchester City vs Tottenham live: score and latest updates Manchester City defenders John Stones and Ruben Dias have returned to training and are available on Thursday.
Kevin De Bruyne is also back in contention for Pep Guardiola's side following a personal issue.
Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur may feature after recovering from an injury sustained during the World Cup.
Forward Richarlison is pushing for a start after coming off the bench during the North London derby defeat to Arsenal, while Lucas Moura remains out.Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurs: Lineups and LIVE updatesManchester City host Tottenham Hotspurs as both teams look to bounce back after derby defeats
After being handed a major defeat by city rivals Manchester United, City’s title defense has taken a massive turn. Pep Guardiola’s men are seeded in the second spot behind Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, as the gap between the two clubs has risen up to 8 points.
The Premier League giants would look to return to their winning form against their North London rival. A win against Tottenham would help the Sky Blues restore their lost form and pride considering they have been knocked out of the EFL Cup and have fallen behind in the title race. Although history lies in Spurs' favoravour, it's not the first time that a Pep Guardiola-managed team is facing adversity that can't be overturned. Man City has all the arsenal in their game that could help them defeat Conte's men, especially in their own backyard.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspurs have themselves had a rollercoaster ride in the Premier League this summer. The team has brushed aside their opponents on some days but has been handed major heartbreaks on others.
Although the recent history between the two teams would serve as the silver lining for the Italian manager. Conte has gotten his opposite manager’s number in the recently conducted encounters between the two teams.
And being just a spot away from the Champions League section, the Lillywhites will leave no stone unturned at the Etihad.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurs probable lineups
Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Laporte, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Silva, Haaland, Grealish
Tottenham Hotspurs XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs LIVE updates
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs' upcoming fixtures
The Premier League holders face Wolves next on the 22nd of January before hosting the high-flying Gunner’s outfit on the 28th of January in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. Pep Guardiola’s men then travel to London to compete with Antonio Conte’s men once again on the 5th of February.
Tottenham Hotspurs travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on the 24th of January before facing Preston North in the FA Cup on the 28th of January. Spurs face their opposition from today’s night once again on the 5th of February at home. Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Manchester City vs Tottenham, second playing fifth or, as one wag put it, the plate final for the losers of the Manchester and north London derbies. That particular wag has rather less to boast about following Crystal Palace's late equaliser against Manchester United last night.
This match was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 10 but the death of Queen Elizabeth two days earlier forced its postponement. At that point in the season both sides had played six games and were level on 14 points in second and third places, City ahead on goal difference. Arsenal were top by a point but today the gap to the champions stands at eight points and stretches to 14 for Tottenham.
The assumption that City would immediately click into top gear after the World Cup to go on one of their title-winning runs in winter and spring that have become so familiar over most of the past five seasons has so far proved false and they have dropped five points, two in the draw with Everton and all three at Old Trafford. Something isn't quite right in the balance of the side at the moment but we have seen Guardiola discover the perfect blend too often in the past to write them off for the title even if the man himself has started to do so, whether sincerely or not.
Spurs have dropped eight points in their four post Qatar games, their troubling tendency to concede first has continued, the thumping victory over Crystal Palace apart, and they seem to have lost their Houdini mojo that got them out of trouble in late summer and autumn. Instead of Antonio Conte looking like the serial winner Tottenham have always craved, he seems to have lost all his optimism, understandably given the grief he is enduring for the death of three friends over the past couple of months. Football has always been the driving force in his life and winning an obsession. At the moment he looks as if he needs as much of a fillip as his team conspicuously does. Perhaps tonight's the night ...
Join Dan for the team news at 7pm. Manchester City will be looking to get back to winning ways as they take on Tottenham on Thursday night.
Pep Guardiola could be about to lose a third game on the bounce as City face Spurs at the Etihad. The Blues are on a losing streak after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton and losing to rivals Manchester United at the weekend.
City will need a big reaction after those two poor performances but will come up against a side they have struggled against in the past. Tottenham, though in freefall themselves, have been City's bogey team in recent years having beaten or drawn with them in five of the last seven meetings.
Guardiola could have a fully fit squad at his disposal with John Stones back in contention after a spell on the sidelines and Ruben Dias returning to training.
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