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Tottenham vs Man City team news, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By Mohamed Moallim

Tottenham vs Man City team news, predictions & confirmed line-ups

Published: 17:31, 31 January 2020 | Updated: 15:35, 2 February 2020

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet for the 23rd time when Tottenham host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs begin matchday 25 in sixth place and six points below the Champions League places where City currently reside.

The defending Premier League champions are set to relinquish control of the crown but they are determined to notch up another win against a fellow ‘top six’ rival.

Read on for our Tottenham vs Man City preview, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Tottenham vs Man City and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Sunday, 2 January 2020

Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event

Last five meetings: Tottenham vs Man City

17 August 2019: Man City 2-2 Tottenham (Premier League)

20 April 2019: Man City 1-0 Tottenham (Premier League)

17 April 2019: Man City 4-3 Tottenham (Champions League)

9 April 2019: Tottenham 1-0 Man City (Champions League)

20 April 2019: Man City 1-0 Tottenham (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Tottenham (WWDLL) 6-8 Man City (LLDWW)

Ones to watch

Tottenham: Dele Alli

Only four players have appeared in every league game since Jose Mourinho took charge. Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld have been ever-present in defence whilst Lucas Moura has been used either on the flank or leading the attack.

The other member of this quartet is Dele Alli whom Mourinho challenged to rediscover his form prior to his debut match at West Ham. Alli responded by becoming their standout performer under his tutelage. He will be key this weekend, playing between the midfield and forward lines, as Spurs will seek to disrupt City’s possession game.

Key stat: Dele Alli has been involved in the most Premier League goals by a Spurs player under Jose Mourinho (five goals and three assists).

Man City: Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is back to his sensational best. A spate of injuries reduced the Belgian playmaker to just 19 league appearances last season. And to say he’s making up for lost time is an understatement. Although it seems City will not make a second consecutive successful defence of their championship, there’s a strong chance De Bruyne will be named player of the season and for a very good reason.

There isn’t a midfielder in the Premier League at his level. No one possesses his range of passing, which enables him to create several chances per game, and no match typified this than the reverse fixture with Spurs. Having watched from afar, and De Bruyne closely this season, there’s no question Mourinho will have formulated a plan to take care of him.

Key stat: Kevin De Bruyne has created the most chances from open play in this season’s Premier League (63).

Confirmed Spurs line-up:

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Confirmed Man City line-up:

Squawka prediction

Recent matches between Spurs and Man City have guaranteed goals — none more so than in last season’s Champions League quarter-final second leg — and we can expect that particular trend to continue with both sides being vulnerable at the back. However, with City more gelled under Guardiola, we’ve got the feeling they’ll edge this affair.

Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Man City