Tottenham vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: 5 February 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London).
On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur will host Premier League leaders Manchester City. The Spurs are looking to bounce back from their loss against Liverpool with a victory.
Tottenham Hotspur is currently in fifth place in the league table, and they have managed to bounce back after losing their previous two games. They defeated London rivals Fulham with a narrow win.
Manchester City is coming into this match on the back of four straight victories in the league. They are currently five points behind league leaders Manchester United. If they want to catch up to the leaders, they need to win this game.
In January, Manchester City defeated Tottenham Hotspur at home with a 4-2 score. The Spurs will be looking to get revenge when the two teams meet again.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Head to head :
- Tottenham defeated Man City both home and away in the previous term of the Premier League.
- Man City will be looking to do the same this year, following a 4-2 victory in the reverse outing played on January 19th at Etihad Stadium.
- We have seen at least five goals in each of the previous two head to head matches between these rivals.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Prediction :
Both Manchester City and Tottenham are capable of winning this game, and it should be a cracker. The last two encounters between these two have been full of goals, and this will be no different.
Both Manchester City and Tottenham will want to win the game, and it should be an open affair with a few chances for both sides. The Hard Tackle suggests a draw.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Team News
With both Lucas Moura and Richarlison expected to be available for selection, Tottenham Hotspur will be well-equipped to face Manchester City on Sunday. Moura has been out since March due to a tendon injury, while Richarlison has been recovering from an adductor problem.
Even though Pape Sarr is a doubt due to a hip problem, Stellini could hand Pedro Porro a debut after the former Manchester City player was able to complete his transfer from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day.
The arrival of Porro allowed Djed Spence to leave on loan and Matt Doherty to terminate his contract. The latter then joined Atlético Madrid after 71 minutes of the victory over Preston.
After recovering from his injury, Kane is expected to be one of the first-teamers to return. He is targeting the 200th Premier League goal to overtake Jimmy Greaves’ record and become the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
During the transfer window, Manchester City made several changes to their backline. One of these was the loan signing of Porto’s Joao Cancelo. He denied that he was unhappy with the situation with Pep Guardiola.
Although Rico Lewis has been in the starting XI, Cancelo lost his place in the team to the 18-year-old. He should get another chance after John Stones got injured during the FA Cup win over Manchester United. Phil Foden was also unavailable due to a foot issue.
According to the manager, Stones will be out for around three to four weeks, while Foden is expected to be back in action in around a month.
The “Pep roulette” may come into play as Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, and Julian Alvarez are all expected to get recalled. Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez is looking to build on his impressive record against Spurs, which includes seven goals and four assists.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Porro, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Laporte, Ake; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish