Manchester City vs. Tottenham: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info, Ticket News

Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2016

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Manchester City are badly in need of three points when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s were well beaten last weekend by Leicester City and find themselves fourth in the table, six points adrift of top spot.

Defeat to Tottenham would put their title chances in serious doubt.

Spurs arrive in second, with a strong belief that they could finally challenge for the Premier League title. The impressive Mauricio Pochettino has largely eradicated their inconsistencies, and they will provide a huge threat to City, who have looked vulnerable defensively for much of the season.

"Like I said last week, it's not a decisive game but a very important game—afterwards we play for another 36 points," Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.

"For our team, it's important to try to return to the top of the table. Two or three teams are in front of us in this moment so we must try to reclaim the points."

City have a superb home record against Tottenham, winning their last five against the North London side, and have scored 10 in the last two of those games—a 6-0 win in Pellegrini's debut campaign and a 4-1 victory last season.

However, in the reverse fixture earlier this season, Tottenham won comfortably, with their pressing game and quick passing too much for City to handle.

Date: Sunday, 14 February

Kick-off: 4 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET

TV Listings: Sky Sports 1/HD (UK) & NBCSN (US)

Live Stream: Sky Go  (UK) & NBC Sports Live Extra (US)

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— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 12, 2016


Form Guide

Manchester City

Manchester City 1-4 Leicester City

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City

Aston Villa 0-4 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Manchester City 3-1 Everton (League Cup)

West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City

Leicester City's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (C) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west



Tottenham 1-0 Watford

Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham

Colchester 1-4 Tottenham (FA Cup)

Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham

Leicester 0-2 Tottenham (FA Cup)

We're ready! This promo video will certainly get you in the mood for tomorrow's game - #COYS

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2016


Predicted Formations

Manchester City

City welcome back Vincent Kompany and David Silva—two hugely important players who have suffered with injuries throughout the season. However, Fabian Delph is out for up to seven weeks, and he joins Kevin De Bruyne, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala.

Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Silva, Toure, A Garcia, M Garcia, Aguero, Iheanacho, Sterling, Celina.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure; Sterling, Silva, Aguero

The journalist asked : "Manuel, how will you be spending Valentine's Day?" 😂😏 #mcfc

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 12, 2016



Pochettino is without Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie but has a largely fit squad available to him.

Spurs (from): Lloris, McGee, Vorm, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Rose, Trippier, Walker, Wimmer, Alli, Bentaleb, Carroll, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Mason, Onomah, Son, Winks, Kane.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane

No excuses... #COYS

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2016


Players To Watch

Manchester City: Raheem Sterling

With City suffering a number of injuries in attacking areas, the importance of Raheem Sterling has increased.

The 21-year-old forward has been excellent this season, with his pace and ability to run with the ball bringing added dynamism to City's attack.

He shown some inconsistency, which is expected from a youngster, but in terms of raw attributes, Sterling has everything he needs to go and become a top-class performer.

When he hits top form, there are few better young attacking players in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 06, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/G
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images


Tottenham: Harry Kane

Harry Kane's breakthrough season was, in the opinion of some, a one-off.

He scored 31 goals in 51 games last season and became an England regular. It was a sensational campaign that saw his stock rise rapidly.

He's continued it this season, scoring 18 in 33. But it isn't just goals he specialises in. Kane has a varied style, capable of influencing the game both inside and outside the area.

He has a wonderful touch, great vision and intelligence, and he can create for others.

He's the real deal, and England are fortunate to have him.

Good morning! Matchday against @mcfc is one day away...  #COYS

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2016


Key Battle

Sergio Aguero vs. Toby Alderweireld

Aguero always bears significant goalscoring responsibility, but even more so with City's injuries restricting their attacking options.

He was far and away their best player in January. He's scoring goals again and playing superbly.

Spurs are his favourite side to play against. He's scored 10 in eight games and always appears to enjoy himself.

It'll be down to Alderweireld to stop him on Sunday. He's been superb this season, and he's more mobile than many of the previous Tottenham defenders who have struggled so much against Aguero.

It'll be a fascinating battle.


Ticket Information

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Odds (via Odds Shark)

Manchester City: -147

Tottenham: +392

Draw: +266

Joe Hart in fine shot saving form as the cover star for #cityvspurs. Get your programme at tomorrow's game! #mcfc

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 13, 2016


Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2015/16 season. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @RobPollard_.