Manchester City will be looking for a response after the debacle of the Champions League as they play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, on Saturday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
Kick Off: Saturday 20 April
Match Timing: 05:00 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Etihad Stadium (55,097)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
No English team has ever won the quadruple. It's an unprecedented feat. Not even the dominance of Liverpool in the 70s and 80s could achieve this, and neither Manchester United.
But everybody backed Manchester City to set the new standards. For they have the best every squad assembled in the Premier League history, the depth, and the quality of the squad at par with the most powerful teams in the world.
City won the League Cup, secured a place in the FA Cup final and erased Liverpool's 7 points lead at the top, gaining a one-point advantage as well. And not to mention that they were the favorites to win the Champions League as well.
But Tottenham did the unthinkable in the Champions League, beating them 4-4 in the quarterfinals courtesy of the away goals. That was it. The quadruple dream was over. It's a big failure and the questions have been raised about Pep Guardiola's tactics in Europe.
However, City can still sweep the domestic titles. They are in pole position to defend the Premier League title, and what's better than to take another step towards the domestic glory than to do it against Tottenham, the team which killed Pep's dream of triumphing Europe without the help of Lionel Messi.
City still have a lot to achieve this season. The Premier League remains a priority for them, and they are favorites to win it from here.
Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile are in the midst of a top-four battle. As things stand in the Premier League, they are sitting at 3rd with 67 points, only one point adrift of Arsenal and Chelsea in fourth and fifth respectively.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester City – W W W W W L
Tottenham Hotspur – L L W W W L
MCI vs TOT Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Team News:
Injured – Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains on the sidelines for City.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Pep Guardiola confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will be assessed before the match.
Note: Pep's selection has come under a lot of scrutinies in the last few weeks. Riyad Mahrez remains underused and he will no doubt be pushing for a start here. The same can be said about Leroy Sane who didn't start either of City's two champions league quarterfinal match against Tottenham.
Key Players – Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez
Injured – As for Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Kane is expected to miss the rest of the season. While Serge Aurier and Harry Winks continue to be on the sidelines.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Eric Dier has returned to the training and may be involved here. Moussa Sissoko had to be taken off in midweek and remains questionable. In addition, both Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen will be monitored before the match.
Note: Expect Spurs to make changes here. Fernando Llorente may start the game after coming off the bench to replace Moussa Sissoko.
Key Players – Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura
MCI vs TOT Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Manchester City– Ederson (GK), Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, B. Silva, Sterling, Sané, Agüero
Tottenham Hotspur– Lloris (GK), Trippier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Son
MCI vs TOT Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Manchester City will still be feeling hurt over the loss in the Champions League. But Pep Guardiola is too good a manager and he will use that loss as a drive to push his men in the Premier League.
Spurs may look to make changes in this match and City can do the same as well. But City's squad is deep, while Pochettino doesn't have that luxury at Spurs.
We think City will triumph here.
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