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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Sun: Tottenham v Man City

Manchester City will be looking to close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table at the weekend whilst Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping they can claw their way back into the top-four race.

Spurs will be without manager Antonio Conte after he underwent an operation after being diagnosed with cholecystitis and they will be hoping his absence doesn’t negatively affect them as they look to put some form together as we enter the final three months of the campaign.

They come into this off the back of a comfortable and routine 3-0 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup with a brace from Son Heung-Min and a debut strike from Arnaut Danjuma enough to send Spurs into the next round.

In their last league outing, Spurs navigated a tricky away match against London rivals Fulham with a goal from, you guessed it, Harry Kane in first-half stoppage-time proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Although they have lost Conte from the touchline, Spurs could be able to add two players back into their squad with both Richarlison and Lucas Moura making good progress in their recovery from injury.

Pedro Porro, who finally completed his transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Spurs on deadline day, could also come in for his Premier League debut.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
JAN 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-2 Tottenham
FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham
AUG 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City
APR 2021 EFL CUP FINAL Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham
NOV 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham

Manchester City’s title ambitions were hanging by the thinnest of threads when they trailed 2-0 at the half-time break in the encounter between these two sides at the Etihad Stadium last month.

A defeat would have been a cataclysmic blow to their hopes of catching Arsenal at the top of the table, but this City team are made of strong stuff and managed to produce a scintillating second-half display to come back and win 4-2 thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland and a brace from Riyad Mahrez.

City have won four of their last six Premier League matches, which isn’t exactly bad form, but Guardiola will know they have to be pitch-perfect in the coming weeks if they are to catch a relentless Arsenal.

In a surprise move, Joao Cancelo left City to join Bayern Munich on loan for the remainder of the season, which means that it will be between Nathan Ake and 18-year-old Rico Lewis for the left-back spot.

I think Manchester City will come through here but, as was proved in the game at the Etihad last month, their defence is there to be got at so I wouldn’t be so sure of Guardiola’s side keeping a clean sheet.

At 21/20 with starsports.bet, a bet of a City win and both teams to score looks appealing.

🗣️ Trader’s view: “Should be a good game. City don’t tend to play well against Spurs but they need to go on a run soon”

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