Match Preview – Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City host Tottenham on Saturday looking to get revenge for their midweek defeat in the Champions League.

These two sides met earlier this week in a thrilling Champions League meeting that saw Tottenham beat Manchester City on away goals in their Champions League quarter-final meeting.

The result was a heart-breaking one for City, who thought they had progressed via Raheem Sterling’s late goal only for VAR to rule it out.

Having lost the first leg, they will be keen to ensure that it is not three defeats to Spurs within a fortnight by picking up a result in this meeting.

Team News

Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Fernandinho after he featured against Spurs in midweek.

Oleksandr Zinchenko faces a late fitness test before the game as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Spurs are facing something of a midfield crisis, with Moussa Sissoko leaving the game in midweek with a groin injury.

Eric Dier is also facing a fight to be fit and will face a late fitness test on Friday. Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Harry Kane are all long-term absentees.

What the managers said

Manchester City Press Conference and Training Session
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Speaking after the defeat on Wednesday, Guardiola urged his side to react in this game.

“We have to stand up, we have to react,” he said.

“Of course it’s a close time, the same team but now it’s time to don’t think too much right now. Try to sleep as much as possible. I don’t know how much.

Chelsea, Premier League

Nevin believes Chelsea fans are happy once again

According to the Chelsea legend, the Blues supporters are loving their team once again thanks to the momentum they have right now.

“Of course you have to stand up. We fought a lot nine, 10 months for the Premier League. It’s still there in our hands. Of course, it’s tough, it’s tough, but you have to do it until the end.”

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, insisted his side will be returning to the Etihad keen to fight once again.

“We didn’t sleep too much [on Wednesday night] but the happiness allows you to feel strong and with energy, and of course now we’re thinking about the game on Saturday,” he said.

“We don’t have time to enjoy, and we need to forget the Champions League now and try to be ready for Saturday because it’s going to be a battle.

“It is our responsibility all together to try to make sure we are going to be there on Saturday with the capacity to fight and challenge them again.”

Stats

History favours Manchester City in this one, they’ve won their last three Premier League meetings with Tottenham.

In fact, Tottenham have only won one of their last eight visits to the Etihad conceding 23 goals in this period.

Yet, Spurs will be on a high and victory here would make them the first club since Liverpool ten years ago to win at both Manchester clubs in the same season.

Harry Kane won’t be available, but that won’t bother Tottenham. They’ve won all five league games without him this season and haven’t lost a league game without him since October 2017.

Keep an eye on Sergio Aguero. He’s on 19 goals at present, and one more would see him equal Thierry Henry’s record of scoring 20 goals in five straight seasons.

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