Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur: Preview, Dream11 and more
Manchester City will look to move on from the recent Champions League heartbreak, when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in a mouth-watering Premier League encounter. City have the chance to go atop the standings as the Premier League enters its final phase. Pep Guardiola's side was knocked out by Spurs earlier this week in the UCL. City will want to take their revenge.
How is the battle shaping up in the Premier League?
A win for City will see them surpass current league leaders Liverpool. City have a game in hand and are two points behind the Reds (85). Liverpool play on Sunday against Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Spurs are placed third (67 points). A loss for Spurs could see a change in the table if Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United win their respective matches.
Team news and selection
City mid-fielder Fernandinho could start the match against Spurs after coming on as a substitute in the Champions League quarter-finals second leg. Oleksandr Zinchenko will need to be assessed. For Spurs, Moussa Sissoko (groin injury) is likely to miss out.
View point: What the managers had to say
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said, "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." Man City manager Pep Guardiola stated, "We have to react on Saturday. It's (PL trophy) in our hands. It's tough, but we have to do it."
Stat attack: All the important numbers you need to know
Tottenham have lost seven of their last nine visits to the Etihad across all competitions including the 3-4 loss in the UCL earlier this week. The hosts have a winning streak of nine successive Premier League matches. City star Sergio Aguero has gone six league matches without a goal against Tottenham. Spurs have faced four Premier League away defeats in a row.
Dream11: We go in with a 4-2-3-1 formation
Man City keeper Ederson leads the line in goal. The four-man defense consists of Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Aymeric Laporte and Danny Rose. Ikay Gundogan and Dele Alli are the two mid-fielders. Christian Eriksen fits as a right-winger and Kevin De Bruyne comes in as number 10. Raheem Sterling (captain) is the left-winger. Son Heung-min (vice-captain) is the lone striker upfront.
When and where to watch the match?
The match is set to be held at the Etihad in Manchester. It is going to start at 5:00 PM IST. The match can be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. One can stream the match live on the Hotstar (paid subscription).