City were turned over 2-1 by their buoyant city rivals Manchester United at the weekend to slip eight points behind leaders Arsenal, as the Red Devils themselves also moved just a point behind Pep Guardiola’s troops. Although it will be difficult to overturn that deficit, Guardiola won’t be throwing in the towel, having been in Arsenal’s situation previously.
“Even when eight points in front I was not relaxed,” said the City boss this week. “It is better to lead by eight points. You can drop points and still be there. When you are eight points behind you can’t drop points.
“Our pressure is the next game, we cannot think about it other to win the next game. After the conditions dictate, if they [Arsenal] are good in all departments they will be there. They are better than us so far but there are many games to play. We have been in this position many times in the past.”
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash:
When is Manchester City vs Tottenham?
The match will kick off at 8pm BST on Thursday 19 January.
Is Manchester City vs Tottenham on TV and is there a live stream?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports HDR with coverage starting at 7pm BST. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What’s the team news?
Pep Guardiola declared that John Stones and Ruben Dias are both in contention to start at centre-back after recovering from injuries, although the length of Dias’ absence means he may be more likely to come off the bench. Kevin De Bruyne also missed training this week but Guardiola confirmed that was merely due to a personal issue and doesn’t affect his availability.
Phil Foden has been struggling for form since the World Cup, so Jack Grealish may be preferred to flank Erling Haaland from the off, with Riyad Mahrez seemingly best placed to start on the other side.
Rodrigo Bentancur hasn’t played since the World Cup due to a groin injury but will be straight back into the Tottenham starting XI if fit, while Dejan Kulusevski made his return against Arsenal and looked bright, so is also in line to start. Harry Kane needs just two goals to bring up 200 in the Premier League and to leapfrog Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time top scorer.
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Manchester City: 1/3
Spurs look in disarray at the minute and while Man City have been stuttering in recent matches, the magnitude of the game and the necessity of a result should focus their minds. City to win and Haaland to get back on track. Man City 3-1 Spurs.