Tottenham continue their Champions League quest with a marquee weekend matchup against Manchester City. The defending champions have watched their repeat chances fade away but are hoping to maintain top form ahead of the FA Cup final next month.
As it stands now, the Spurs are two points behind Arsenal for the final spot in the top four. They do hold a game in hand, which means they control their own destiny, but that could change depending on the weekend's results. The close race makes every home match crucial down the stretch.
Although City isn't mathematically eliminated from the title chase yet, it's only a matter of time before their rivals from Manchester United secure the championship. So locking up a Champions League spot and claiming the FA Cup trophy are their remaining goals.
Here's a look at all the key information for Sunday's clash, followed by some players to watch and a prediction.
Where: White Hart Lane in London, England
When: Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. ET
Watch: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Tottenham Player to Watch: Clint Dempsey
Dempsey brought an eight-match scoring drought at the club level to an end with two goals against Basel. Although it wasn't enough to save Tottenham from eventual Europa League elimination, the match was a welcome sign of progress for the American international.
It's been a rocky first season at White Hart Lane for the versatile 30-year-old midfielder. He was brought in from Fulham to provide an added scoring threat to the Spurs' lineup but has managed just five goals in 23 Premier League appearances.
Tottenham hopes the strong showing the last time out will help propel him to an improved run of form. Getting Dempsey to play at a high level would take a lot of pressure off Gareth Bale, who's carried the club on his back for extended periods of the campaign.
Manchester City Player to Watch: Carlos Tevez
Tevez has been on quite a roll lately. He's found the net eight times in his last nine games, including a hat trick in an FA Cup triumph over Barnsley. The hot streak has come at a perfect time for City, who are trying to salvage the season with a good finish.
It's been a terrific bounce-back campaign for the Argentine, who was coming off a forgettable season. Give him credit for working hard to reestablish himself as a key member of the City attack and taking advantage of the opportunity.
If City want to keep their extremely faint title hopes alive for another week, three points are essential. Expect a lot of touches for Tevez early as they try to establish his presence in the final third. There should be some space for him to operate given Tottenham's recent lackluster defending.
Matchup to Watch: Hugo Lloris vs. Joe Hart
Since neither attacking group lacks talent, the two goalkeepers can both expect to be busy on Sunday. Lloris has split time with Brad Friedel for Tottenham but has drawn a majority of the league starts. Hart is the unquestioned starter for City.
Lloris arrived to White Hart Lane amid a lot of hype due to his high-profile transfer. While he hasn't been able to completely shake Friedel, who's also played well, from the picture, he's handled his first Premier League season quite well.
That said, the advantage in the matchup goes to Hart. He was a major reason the club was able to claim the title last season and has remained one of the top keepers in the league. The England international is coming off a clean sheet in City's midweek win over Wigan.
Tottenham 1, Manchester City 1
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