Wednesday 29 January 2014 | White Hart Lane | Kick-off 19:45
A midweek trip to Spurs sees City look to go top of the table after Arsenal dropped points to Southampton earlier this evening. It would be a significant moment given we’ve trailed the Gunners for the majority of the season, starting December six points behind them.
If we can avoid defeat, it will see us stretch our unbeaten run to 20 matches; a run which started with the 6-0 home win over Spurs. It certainly didn’t feel after the awful match at Sunderland that it was going to be our last reverse for well over two months.
We go into tomorrow’s game without Samir Nasri, who is still recovering the medial knee ligament injury he sustained in cruel circumstances at St James’ Park at the turn of the year, and Manuel Pellegrini confirmed today that Javi Garcia has a minor knock and James Milner has a slight groin strain, and neither will play.
Stevan Jovetic is fit, as are Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero, meaning, along with Edin Dzeko, all four of City’s strikers are fit for the first time this season. If, as expected, Aguero and Negredo start, it will be their first league start together since the 6-3 win over Arsenal in mid-December.
They have managed 48 goals between them already – a fantastic return for two players whose understanding appears to be growing still further.
The main threat for City would appear to be the form of former striker Emmanuel Adebayor who has six goals in his last eight games. He is very much a confidence player, and can very often be difficult to contain when he’s in a good moment.
The match is available to watch on BT Sports and odds for the game are available here: http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/premier-league
Spurs (from): Friedel, Gomes, Lloris, Chiriches, Dawson, Naughton, Rose, Vertonghen, Walker, Capoue, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Holtby, Lamela, Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Richards, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic, Negredo
Referee: Andre Marriner. Assistants: S Ledger, M Perry. Fourth Official: J Moss.