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Man City v Spurs predictions, preview & expected XIs

By Harry Edwards

Published: 8:45, 15 April 2019 | Updated: 12:03, 17 April 2019

Manchester City will be looking to keep their quadruple hopes alive when they face Tottenham on Wednesday.

Spurs take a slender 1-0 advantage into the Champions League quarter-final second leg after Son Heung-min scored the only goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week.

Read on for Manchester City v Tottenham live stream options, team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.

When is Manchester City vs Tottenham?

Competition: Uefa Champions League

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 17 April

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

Man City’s game against Tottenham can be viewed by UK residents on BT Sport 2, channel 414 on Sky and channel 528, for Virgin Media users. BT Sport subscribers can also watch the game online at and via their BT Sport app.


Last week’s victory for Spurs saw the north London club move equal with Man City for the total number of wins in this fixture, with both sides now sitting on 61 each.

It also extended City’s poor run against English teams in Europe, with five defeats in five games.

Man City wins: 61 Draws: 35 Tottenham wins: 61

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Match preview

For the first time since their FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea City, Manchester City’s hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple are in danger.

Pep Guardiola’s side have history against them and need to do something they have never done in the past; beat an English team in European competition.

Things could have been so much different for City had Sergio Aguero converted his early penalty, but the away side could not overcome a tough Tottenham defence, and Mauricio Pochettino’s men were fully deserving of Son’s winner.

Now, Tottenham are in control, and know City must come out to attack, which means Spurs can pick their own moments to break with the likes of Son and Lucas Moura in fine form going into Wednesday’s match.

And there is precedent for Tottenham to pull it off, as they have already taken a draw away from Barcelona at the Nou Camp this season when the odds were stacked against them.

Both teams enjoyed Premier League wins at the weekend, though Man City were made to work slightly harder in their 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace, while Spurs cruised past already-relegated Huddersfield.

But form may go out the window with everything on the line at the Etihad.

Can Man City rewrite history to keep quadruple hopes alive?

Manchester City’s history does not bode well for their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Last week’s defeat in London was the fifth time City have failed to beat an English opponent in European competition.

Spurs joined Liverpool and Chelsea in overcoming Man City on the continent and will be looking to mimic the Reds in knocking out Guardiola’s side at the quarter-final stage.

Then, Liverpool won the first leg at home by a more comfortable 3-0 scoreline, meaning Man City had to attack at home. The Citizens did take the lead after two minutes in the second leg at the Etihad but would ultimately succumb to attacking pressure with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino killing the tie.

In Man City’s only other home tie against English opponents in European competition, Chelsea left Manchester with a 1-0 win in the 1971 Uefa Cup Winners Cup semi-finals.

Is this Tottenham’s time?

While a lot of the hype surrounding the build up to this tie has been Man City’s quest for the quadruple, there is still the story of Spurs.

Since taking over in 2014, Pochettino has done a wonderful job at Tottenham, turning them from top-six regulars to genuine Champions League contenders.

But the Argentinian’s success has often been ignored by rival fans due to his failure, so far, to bring a trophy to the club.

The 2007/08 League Cup represents the last time Tottenham won a trophy, with the club only really going close to adding to that in the 2014/15 edition of the same competition, losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the final.

While a fight remains in the league this season for a Champions League place, Tottenham could find themselves in an unlikely semi-final against one of Ajax or Juventus should things go their way this week – a first European Cup semi-final since 1962.

Team news

Man City fans would have been worried to see Aguero limping during their win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, but Guardiola has eased those fears, confirming the Argentinian’s fitness.

The big news for Tottenham is the injury to Harry Kane picked up in last week’s win over Man City, with the Englishman expected to be out for the remainder of the season – barring another remarkable comeback.

Dele Alli’s inclusion is also in doubt with the midfielder suffering from a fractured hand, which kept him out of Spurs’ win over Huddersfield on Saturday.

Predicted line ups

1. Sergio Aguero to get the nod

Aguero had a night to forget in London last week and followed it up by drawing another blank against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

But, with a performance needed in a big game, Guardiola must call on the Argentinian to lead the line as part of an attacking trio. Bernardo Silva started on the bench against Crystal Palace and will likely begin the game at the Etihad, alongside Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

In defence, Aymeric Laporte should return while Benjamin Mendy could start a second consecutive game to give City more attacking power.

Predicted Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

2. Lucas Moura rewarded

Despite the opposition, there is no denying Lucas Moura was excellent in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Huddersfield, bagging his first hat-trick on European soil.

With Kane injured, the Brazilian is a must to start against Man City in midweek, potentially joining Son in attack with Fernando Llorente dropping down to the bench.

Elsewhere, Moussa Sissoko is expected to continue in midfield given his growing performances, forming a partnership with Harry Winks in the centre of the pitch.

Predicted Tottenham XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Tripper, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Lucas; Son.

Squawka Prediction

Manchester City will fancy their chances, but this Tottenham side can cause problems and they could just sneak through on away goals. Man City 2-1 Tottenham.

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