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Spurs vs Manchester City predictions, preview & how everyone thinks each team will line up

By Harry Edwards

Published: 9:38, 9 April 2019

The Champions League returns this week and kicks off with an all-English quarter-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Tottenham are in the quarter-finals for just the second time in their history having beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate in the last round, while Man City overcame Schalke 10-2 for a third quarter-final spot in the past four seasons.

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

When is Tottenham vs Manchester City?

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 9 April

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

UK residents can watch Tottenham’s game against Man City 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.

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Two teams at the top of the Premier League, Spurs and Man City have faced each other 156 times so far, with the northern side having the slight advantage with 61 wins to 60.

However, Tuesday’s game will be the first between the two sides in European competition.

Tottenham wins: 60 Draws: 35 Man City wins: 61

Match preview

After reaching the FA Cup final at the weekend, Manchester City’s quest for the quadruple faces its next test when they make the trip south to face Spurs.

Pep Guardiola’s side are potentially just 12 games away from making history, becoming the first English team to win the quadruple with the Carabao Cup already in the bag.

The Citizens remain in control of the Premier League despite being second, knowing the title will be theirs if they win all their remaining games and are favourites to lift the FA Cup.

But the Champions League has been the trophy that has eluded City in the past, with the club struggling to get past the quarter-finals despite reaching this stage in three of the past four seasons.

Their opponents Tottenham have reached this stage for just the second time and will be looking to kill City’s dreams by making themselves tough to beat as they did when they earned a draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the group stage.

This could also be the chance for Mauricio Pochettino to further show just how he is improving Tottenham by taking them to a first European Cup semi-final since 1962.

Can Man City overcome English hoodoo?

If City want their quadruple dreams to continue, they will need to do something they have never done in their history: beat an English team in European competition.

The Citizens have lost all four games they have played against fellow English sides in European competition in the past, including last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Then, Liverpool blew the runaway Premier League leaders off the pitch across both legs, winning 5-1 on aggregate en route to the final.

Prior to that, City also lost both legs of the 1971 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals against eventual winners Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Spurs have a respectable record against English teams in Europe, winning three, drawing one and losing two of their six games so far. Their most recent match came against Liverpool in the 1973 Uefa Cup semi-finals, which they lost on away goals despite a 2-1 win in the second leg.

A year earlier, Spurs won the first ever Uefa Cup by beating Wolves over two legs in the final, including a 2-1 win in the first leg. Spurs also managed a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their 1963 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup first round tie but would ultimately go out after losing the second leg 4-1.

Will Tottenham make new stadium a fortress?

Prior to the start of the season, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was being advertised as the only place to watch the Champions League in London – despite the ground not yet being completed.

Spurs risked some ridicule for their premature taunts to Arsenal and Chelsea as the opening date of their new stadium was repeatedly delayed, combined with the risk of a premature Champions League exit.

But the north London club have come through the tough times and their new stadium is set to have its first taste of Champions League football on Tuesday.

Spurs boast a 100% record so far in their new stadium, winning the official opening game against Crystal Palace last weekend – a game not available to watch on TV. So all eyes will be on Tuesday’s match as neutrals get their first look at the new stadium in game-mode.

But for Spurs, the focus will now be on turning their new stadium into a fortress, moving on from the roller coaster record they endured at Wembley.

Team news

Tottenham will be boosted by the return of Fernando Llorente, who missed their win over Crystal Palace with a concussion. But Spurs are still without Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela who remain injured.

Meanwhile, Man City will be waiting on fitness tests for Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker, with the latter having to come off at half-time in the FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton with a hamstring injury.

How everyone thinks Tottenham and Man City will line up

1. Aguero to not be risked

Manchester City have a tough six weeks ahead and need to keep their best players as fit as possible. While Pep Guardiola will be keen to operate at full strength against Spurs, the Spaniard may opt to leave Aguero on the bench.

The Argentinian missed City’s FA Cup win at the weekend with an injury and were he to be rushed back to start, Aguero could find himself at risk of aggravating any problems.

By sticking Aguero on the bench, Guardiola both ensures he is not putting Aguero’s fitness at risk but also that he can still call upon the club’s all-time top scorer if needed.

Predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Danilo, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Sterling.

2. Four at the back for Spurs

Pochettino has often switched between three central defenders and a four-man defence across the season, depending on Tottenham’s opponents.

And the Independent believes Pochettino will opt for a four-man defence against City on Tuesday, with two defensive midfielders in front of them.

Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko sit just in front of the defence. Unsurprisingly, Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli support Harry Kane in attack.

Independent‘s predicted Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Sissoko; Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane.

3. Aguero and Walker to start

While our own predicted XI sees Man City not risking further injury problems, the Evening Standard believes Guardiola will go all in for the win.

They have predicted both Walker and Aguero to start with only Gabriel Jesus and David Silva dropping down to the bench from the team which started against Brighton.

Silva is replaced in midfield by Fernandinho, whose playing time has been managed recently with City looking to get the most out of their Brazilian general.

Evening Standard’s predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Aguero.

4. Left-wing Danny Rose

In Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace last week, Pochettino made the rogue choice to play left-back Danny Rose further up the pitch in line as part of their attacking quartet.

And that is exactly how the Evening Standard expects Spurs to set up against Man City on Tuesday, with Rose able to help Ben Davies in defence while using his attacking prowess to hurt the visitors.

As a result of Rose’s advanced positioning, Dele Alli is predicted to drop deeper alongside Sissoko, with Eric Dier missing out.

Evening Standard’s predicted Tottenham XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Sissoko, Alli; Eriksen, Son, Rose; Kane.

Squawka Prediction

Manchester City came unstuck at this stage in last season’s Champions League and could be more cautious going into Tuesday’s first leg. It will be a close one but Guardiola’s side should just edge it. Spurs 0-1 Man City.


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