After Tottenham's thrilling away goals win despite defeat at the Etihad on Wednesday night, Manchester City and Spurs meet again in the Premier League.
Group EPL Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester City have won all 12 home games they have played in 2019.
Expert Verdict: Manchester City's 4-3 win in the Champions League was not enough to go through to the semi-finals and Pep Guardiola's side will be out for revenge. Wednesday's thrilling match will have taken a lot out of both teams and it will be interesting to see how they respond, but City's home record makes them favourites.
Fernandinho and Leroy Sane only featured from the bench in Wednesday’s Champions League match and both could start on Saturday. Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are other options to bring in, if Pep Guardiola feels the need to freshen things up. Oleksandr Zinchenko is pushing for a return after his recent thigh injury.
Sergio Aguero – Scored his 30th goal of the season in City’s 4-3 win on Wednesday night, having recaptured his best form after injury.
Kevin de Bruyne – Two assists and back to his very best in the Champions League and now he needs to lead City’s title charge.
Leroy Sane – Having only been on the bench for the two Champions League matches against Tottenham Hotspur, this is the Premier League’s top assister for this season’s chance to prove a point.
Raheem Sterling was denied a stoppage-time goal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg that would have earned City a 5-4 aggregate win against Spurs by VAR. City won 4-3 on the night, thanks to Sterling’s double and a goal apiece for Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero, but crashed out on away goals after a 1-0 defeat at Spurs in the first leg. In between, City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace - Sterling again scoring twice and Gabriel Jesus adding a third.
Defenders:Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Midfielders:Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva
Forwards:Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez
Harry Kane has been joined on the sidelines by Moussa Sissoko after Wednesday’s Champions League tie. Harry Winks and Eric Dier could both return to compete for Sissoko’s position, however. Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted into more changes from the team that played Wednesday’s enthralling encounter – Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez and goalscorer Fernando Llorente could all start after featuring from the bench.
Son Heung-Min – Three goals across the two Champions League against City, the South Korean’s red-hot form is showing no sign of slowing.
Fernando Llorente – Scored what proved to be the crucial goal in the 4-3 defeat at the Etihad, and the Spaniard will hope for a start now.
Hugo Lloris – His goalkeeping gaffe gave City’s title rivals Liverpool two points and the Frenchman will not want a repeat in another top-of-the-table clash.
Defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night ended a three-match winning streak but Spurs sneaked through to the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule. Son Heung-Min scored twice and Fernando Llorente got what proved to be the vital goal in the tie, after Son had also scored in a 1-0 win in the home leg. In between, Spurs thrashed Huddersfield as Victor Wanyama opened the scoring and Lucas Moura grabbed a hat-trick.
Defenders:Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies
Midfielders:Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama
Forwards:Heung Min-Son, Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura
City’s 4-3 win in the Champions League quarter-final second leg was their second in three games this season against Spurs and 62nd in total compared to 61 defeats and 35 draws. Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game as City won at Wembley earlier in the season, while Son Heung-Min scored the winner as Spurs won 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. Last time out, Raheem Sterling and Son both scored twice in a frantic first-half which ended with City leading 3-2 – Bernardo Silva scoring the other. Sergio Aguero extended the lead and put City ahead on aggregate, but Fernando Llorente’s goal ensured Spurs went through on the away goals rule.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Apr 17, 2019: Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Apr 09, 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City
Oct 29, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City
Apr 14, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City
Dec 16, 2017: Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
This could be a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ after Wednesday night’s epic Champions League clash.
The seven-goal thriller, with VAR drama in stoppage time, will have taken a lot out of both teams – physically, mentally and emotionally – and the key will be how each team responds.
Manchester City have home advantage and strength in depth and that makes them favourites – and they did, after all, win on Wednesday night even if it did not put them through on aggregate.
But they will have to defend better than they did in that game – Aymeric Laporte having had an uncharacteristically poor match, from which Son Heung-Min profited.
At the other end, City ripped Spurs apart frequently – Kevin de Bruyne proving he was back to his very best and Sergio Aguero rediscovering his goalscoring touch too.
Leroy Sane can be added to that line-up at the weekend, while another option is Riyad Mahrez – the match-winner when these sides last met in the league, even if he has suffered a below-par season.
City need a big response to Wednesday night’s dejection but they have the players and the quality to deliver it – and it would be a big statement in the title race if they did that too.
With home advantage, and needing to win to go back to the top of the Premier League table, Manchester City are 2/7 with Bet365, Betfair and Betway to beat Spurs.
There were seven goals when these sides last met, on Wednesday, and both teams to score has been set at 4/5 with 888sport.
City to win and BTTS is 13/8 with 888sport, and over 2.5 goals will return a best price of 7/15 with Betfair.
Sergio Aguero got back to goalscoring ways on Wednesday and he is 4/5 with Ladbrokes to score at any time. City could not handle Son Heung-Min at the other end, however, and he is 13/4 with 888sport.
Manchester City have no time to dwell on their Champions League quarter-final second leg defeat to Tottenham, but they have the strength in depth to bounce back – as they absolutely must to keep the title in their hands.