Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City: 4 Key Battles to Watch

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City: 4 Key Battles to Watch
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With plenty at stake for both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, Sunday's meeting is likely to be a competitive affair.

Back in 2010 and 2011, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur fought out late-season battles that decided who would take fourth place over the other for that season—Spurs coming out on top first time around, City pipping them a year later.

Man City's primary target has changed somewhat since then.

For the reigning Premier League champions and FA Cup finalists, Sunday's trip to White Hart Lane is about keeping alive their faint hopes of retaining their crown (and not falling too far behind Manchester United). Tottenham, meanwhile, are once again needing points off Roberto Mancini's side if they want another crack at the Champions League.

Unlike the more definitive nature of 2010's meeting, a win for Spurs is needed to keep them in the hunt during their remaining fixtures. As midfielder Lewis Holtby remarked in an interview with his club's official website, "starting against City...these six games are our cup finals."

At the time of writing, team news has not yet been confirmed for the weekend's game. Nonetheless, here are four battles (both positional and player-specific) to potentially keep an eye on in a match with plenty at stake.

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