Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
When: Saturday, 14 April, 19:45 BST
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
Manchester City find themselves in a position right now that they never would have dreamed of being in a while ago. They have lost three games in a row in a week, exiting the Champions League and also squandering a glorious opportunity to win the league last week against Man United. They were 2-0 up in that game, but capitulated in the second half to fall like a house of cards. This was followed by another loss at home in midweek, as Liverpool further added to their 3-0 first leg lead and won 2-1 to eliminate Pep Guardiola’s men in the quarter-finals of the CL.
It’s still a matter of when rather than if City win the league, but this week’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur is now a really tricky proposition. The Citizens needs 2 wins out of their remaining 6 games to seal the deal, and 4 victories to beat both the previously-held wins and points tallies. Their bid to hit a 100 points though, now hangs very much in the balance.
Spurs are in very good form themselves, having won their last six in the league. They are also still unbeaten in the competition in 2018. Mauricio Pochettino’s men also have their key marksman Harry Kane back. The striker was contentiously awarded the winner against Stoke City last weekend, after appealing it and swearing on his daughter’s life that he had got a touch on Christian Eriksen’s free-kick. The Englishman was the subject of a lot of memes and jokes on social media this week, with every goal ever scored in the history of football being sarcastically awarded to him.
The reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium in December was the last game Spurs lost, with Man City running out 4-1 winners.
Left-back Danny Rose will miss out with a calf injury, while Toby Alderweireld’s unsure future at the club will almost certainly see him not make the starting XI. Harry Winks also out with a recurring ankle problem, for which the youngster is in Qatar this week for treatment.
It will be interesting to see how Pochettino tinkers with the line-up, with Spurs playing 3 games in the coming week, culminating with the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United next Sunday.
Fernandinho will be absent in the City midfield through suspension, after picking up his 10th yellow card last week against United.
Sergio Aguero is now fully fit, and could replace Gabriel Jesus, who started in midweek against Liverpool.
Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sane, Aguero, David Silva.
It would be a gamble to predict against Manchester City this season, but this is probably the best time to take it. They are in a position they’ve never been in before, and haven’t exactly reacted well to being put under pressure. If Spurs get off to a fast start, we very well could see Guardiola’s men losing their fourth straight game. With the attacking talent on display though, there is bound to be loads of entertainment and goals.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Manchester City