Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur, in what is sure to be an intriguing tie in the context of the Premier League title and top-four races.
In startling form, Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions come into the fixture unbeaten in 15 league fixtures. Conversely, Antonio Conte will be looking for a reaction from his out-of-form side, following a run of three successive league defeats, against Chelsea, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Rewinding back to the reverse fixture, Tottenham produced an excellent display to record a 1-0 opening-weekend victory courtesy of Son Heung-min.
Much reliance today will be on the rotations of City’s attacking players, with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in some brilliant recent form, as all three scored in their 5-0 Champions League triumph against Sporting Lisbon.
Spurs will be desperate to stop this from becoming a reality, with Son set to be an influential presence as well as one-time City target Harry Kane. New signings Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski will also be keen to make their quality known in the early stages of their Tottenham careers.
Check back below for live updates through the 90 minutes, plus pregame and postgame coverage.
Man City vs. Spurs live updates
11:00am: Antonio Conte looks to be delighted with the news that Eric Dier is back in contention for today’s match, claiming that the Englishman is an “important player” and “strong personality” for the North London outfit. No doubt, Tottenham could use his experience later on as they have leaked goals in the last few games.
10:45am: Despite Spurs’ recent poor form, City boss Guardiola seems well aware of the threat the opposition poses to his side today. Particularly, the 51-year-old was full of praise for Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and Lucas Moura.
10:30am: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage as Manchester City’s assault on the Premier League title continues. All eyes will be on Harry Kane, travelling to Etihad Stadium for the first time since his potential summer transfer fell through.
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Man City vs Spurs projected line-ups
Kyle Walker will be available for Manchester City today as he returns from a suspension which ruled him out of midweek UEFA Champions League action. Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus also return to the squad after injuries and could be included on the substitutes bench.
Manchester City projected line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Silva, Rodri; Sterling, Mahrez, Foden.
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As for Tottenham, Japhet Tanganga is unavailable whilst midfielder Oliver Skipp is unlikely to be involved in the clash. Eric Dier could come into the fold as a result with the England international pushing to be selected.
Tottenham projected line-up (3-5-2): Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Reguilon Hojbjerg, Bentacur Moura; Son, Kane.
Man City vs. Spurs betting odds
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In terms of a first goalscorer, Raheem Sterling may be a wise investment due to his incredible knack of getting on the end of sweeping attacking moves. Coming in with 13 goals across all competitions in 2021/22, his goal contribution rate is up there with the best wide-men in England.
But the narrative might well dictate that Harry Kane comes back to haunt City, who chased him last summer. After a tough season, this evening’s big occasion in the North West may be the perfect opportunity for the striker to get back into the headlines.
Pick: Kane to be first goalscorer (+900)