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Manchester City: Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, Haaland.
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden.

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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Emerson, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Bentancur, Son, Kane, Kulusevski.
Subs: Forster, Sanchez, Doherty, Sessegnon, Tanganga, Matar Sarr, Lenglet, Bissouma, Richarlison.

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Manchester City have lost their last two games. As a result, they’re out of the League Cup and eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal. Pep Guardiola has been kidding on that he doesn’t care any more, everything all gone, but come off it and come on. He’ll still be desperate to add City’s name to an elite list of three-in-a-row champions alongside Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Three points tonight and it’s back on, especially as Arsenal have to deal with in-form United at the weekend. On the face of it, you’d expect City to ease past troubled Tottenham, who are sputtering along in fifth spot, somehow hanging onto the fringes of the top-four race despite a series of unconvincing displays. But some teams just have your number, and Spurs have made a habit in recent years of upsetting City, not least last season when they did the double over them. This could be fun, then, one way or another. Kick off is at 8pm GMT. It’s on!

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Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Arsenal 18 28 47
2 Man City 18 28 39
3 Man Utd 19 8 39
4 Newcastle 19 22 38
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 10 33

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main events

20 minutes: Grealish dribbles down the left and earns City a corner. Mahrez takes. Romero heads wide but Gundogan regains possession and sends Grealish down the left again. His low cross is met by Alvarez, who connects a first-time shot on goal from 12 yards out. Dier does really well at spreading and blocking.

18 minutes: Ake crosses from the left. Perisic stands at the edge of his area and heads back toward Lloris. There’s enough height in the looping header to allow Lloris to catch it out of the sky under pressure from Alvarez. City came back soon after, Gundogan looking for Haaland down the left flank. Haaland goes down as he enters the area, claiming a clip from Romero, but the referee is not interested and waves the game off.

16 minutes: Bentancur rolls a clever ball down the right inside channel to clear Kane in the City box. Kane lands his shot into the side net but it doesn’t matter, the flag appearing for a clear offside soon after.

15 minutes: Kulusevski gives Emerson a hard time with a pass down the right flank. Emerson gives chase anyway and is unceremoniously approached by Ake about his problem. Both teams are in Full Commitment mode tonight.

14 minutes: Rodri shamelessly runs his boot across the back of Hojbjerg’s leg. Only one free kick, but there’s another player who might consider himself a little lucky not to get into the referee’s notebook at the first few doors.

13 minutes: Mahrez hits the free-kick straight into the Spurs wall. A huge disappointment for the home fans, who moan in agreement.

12 minutes: Rodri tries to clear Mahrez down the right, but is tackled midway through a Davies pass. The referee sees the yellow card but decides not to tag the Spurs defender. It’s a free kick, though, from 25 yards out, just to the right of centre.

10 minutes: Alvarez opens wide from the right and wins the first corner of the night. All eyes on Haaland, lurking at the penalty spot. Mahrez reels him in for a long time. Haaland, having made a clever run towards the far stick, tries to cushion a lateral into the net from a tight angle. An oddly careful effort is diverted to another corner, from which nothing happens.

8 minutes: Lewis becomes a nuisance 30 meters from goal, then deflects to Gundogan, who nearly launches Haaland into the area with a delicate forward wedge. Just a little too much juice on the pass. A nice feeling for this game, with both teams looking to be in the mood.

6 minutes: Spurs had 58 per cent possession during those opening exchanges away from Citying City. Conte will be pleased with the start of his team.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane steps forward as Julian Alvarez and Manchester City's Manuel Akanji look on.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane steps forward as Julian Alvarez and Manchester City’s Manuel Akanji look on. Photography: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters

5 minutes: Lewis crosses from the right. Haaland climbs higher, six meters out, but fails to get his head on the ball, which goes out for a shot on goal. A few inches down, and the Spurs were in a world of pain.

4 minutes: City patiently hammered down the middle, asserting some domestic dominance.

2 minutes: Kulusevski pushes Ederson but the City goalkeeper doesn’t panic with the ball at his feet and clears his lines. City hearts in the mouth for a nanosecond there.

The Spurs – who are looking to become the first team to win three consecutive games against Pep Guardiola’s side – kick off. They go a little way to the back, then Son and Perisic almost make it to the left with a neat one-two. Throw for City but some very early proactive plays from Spurs.

The teams are out. City wear their sky blue, while Spurs sport a lily white. Visitors also wear black armbands in memory of their former player Anton Walkes, who died after a boating accident this week.

A quick reminder of what that game was like last season. Forget amazing. Forget sensational. It was really psychedelic. More please city! More please Spurs!

Antonio Conte converses gnomically with Sky Sports. “Rodrigo [Bentancur] is an important player for us, with [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg. They don’t play many games together, but they always put in good performances. We have to start winning and then we’ll see what happens.”

Pre-match positivity: the path of Tottenham Hotspur. “I laughed at this tweet when it was first posted,” begins Yash Gupta…

In the interest of safety, I propose we forgo the customary 6 points we take off Man City every season.

— Tottenham Independent Transfer Stories (@bankruptspurs) October 9, 2022

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In the interests of security, I propose giving up the usual 6 points we take away from Manchester City each season.

— Tottenham independent transfer stories (@bankruptspurs) October 9, 2022

“… and so far has been the only saving grace of this season. It’s hilarious every time I read it. This season so far has been hugely disappointing, from starting off thinking Conte is nothing like Mourinho to realizing Conte is a Poundland Mourinho. In any case, if Spurs win, Arsenal become favourites, and if Spurs lose, Conte can leave. Looking forward to a 3-0 win for Tottenham with 15% possession. May come!”

Alexandra Ashton adds: “I’m surprised Lloris and Son start today. Lloris’ performance against Arsenal made Forster a starter (I thought), and Son has been so bad all season that Richarlison deserves to start. Kane is not delving into the midfield role as he used to last season, and Son is really suffering from this, being unable to latch on to deep balls. It would certainly be representative of our season so far if we beat City home and away to hand Arsenal the title. Bizarre inconsistency with flashes of good performance.”

That’s the spirit, folks. All aboard the emotional roller coaster! Guaranteed dissatisfaction!

Pep Guardiola – who turned 52 yesterday and gets a delay Happy Birthday 🎶 – talks to Sky Sports. “Even if we had won at Old Trafford, that would have been important. Last season we lost six points against Spurs. Rico Lewis played very well, he read the positions and that’s why he was selected. It’s a big responsibility, he’s going to play against Son, Kulusevski, Kane, but he’s the perfect choice tonight. We have some patterns of play that we need to reignite. The solution is not to do something we haven’t done in seven years, because we’ve won four Premier Leagues in five years. If I think we should do something different, I’d be stupid, because it works! Then you have to try to do it again. Sometimes you forget. It’s up to me to find the patterns!”

Manchester City made five changes to the squad that started the 2-1 derby defeat to United. Julian Alvaraez makes only his second Premier League appearance for City. He is along with Rico Lewis, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish. Some big stars fell to the bench: Kyle Walker, João Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden.

Tottenham Hotspur are also coming off a derby defeat, having been beaten 2-0 by Arsenal. Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ben Davies and Emerson Royal are back, while Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon, Pape Matar Sarr and Matt Doherty all fall to the bench.

the teams

City of Manchester: Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, Haaland.
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Emerson, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Bentancur, Son, Kane, Kulusevski.
Subs: Forster, Sanchez, Doherty, Sessegnon, Tanganga, Matar Sarr, Lenglet, Bissouma, Richarlison.

🔵 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒 🔵

XI | Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, Haaland

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/NBVdMI5yH7

— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 19, 2023

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🔵 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒 🔵

XI | Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, Haaland

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/NBVdMI5yH7

—Manchester City (@ManCity) January 19, 2023

Here's how we line-up! 👇

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 19, 2023

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Here’s how we line up! 👇

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 19, 2023

Preamble

Manchester City have lost their last two games. As a result, they are out of the League Cup and eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal. Pep Guardiola has been joking that he doesn’t care anymore, it’s all over, but stop it and let’s go. He will still be desperate to add City’s name to an elite list of three consecutive champions alongside Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Three points tonight and it’s back, especially as Arsenal have United to deal with at the weekend. On the face of it, you’d expect City to edge out troubled Tottenham, who sit in fifth place, somehow keeping themselves on the sidelines of the top four race despite a string of unconvincing displays. But some teams just have their numbers, and Spurs have made a habit in recent years of upsetting City, particularly last season when they doubled over them. This can be fun then, one way or another. Kick off is at 20:00 GMT. It’s on!

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