Tottenham vs Man City – Premier League: Live score and updates
Tottenham vs Manchester City LIVE: Kevin De Bruyne is OUT for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Spurs’ starting XI is unchanged as visitors look to move to within two points of leaders Arsenal
Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester City.
Wouldn’t be a Pep Guardiola team selection without some talking points.
Guardiola confirms to Sky Sports that Kevin De Bruyne has been left on the bench of tactical reasons. Phil Foden’s absence from the squad is due to him feeling ill overnight.
Cristian Stellini will be tasked with keeping Spurs impressive home record against City going with Antonio Conte absent.
‘Antonio is recovering at home, he will watch at home,’ Stellini told Sky Sports. ‘He was involved until this morning. Me, Ryan [Mason] and all the staff will be in charge today.
‘We spoke about the team, but he left me the decision as I managed the training and it is important to see how the players are in the last two sessions.’
Manchester City have not enjoyed their previous trips to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Guardiola’s side suffering defeats on all four previous visits without scoring a goal.
Their last visit seems like a lifetime ago, as a Son goal gave Spurs a 1-0 win on the opening day last season.
Harry Kane was absent and Nuno was in charge…
My short stint on the runner is over and I’m leaving you in the very capable hands of Sportsmail’s Michael Pavitt, who’ll take you through the rest of the pre-match build-up and match action…
Fancy a deeper dive into City’s defence half an hour ahead of kick-off?
Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan takes a look at the options Guardiola has at left-back, even with playing Phil Foden there!
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Manchester City arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 👀📍 pic.twitter.com/gpa5MgDvyg
Dejan Kulusevski is targeting a big three points to kick-start Tottenham Hotspur’s season in their push to secure Champions League football next term.
Spurs currently sit in fifth place amid a disappointing campaign, that already sees them four points behind Newcastle United who currently hold a top four spot.
The north London side can close that gap to just one point if they defeat Manchester City on home soil at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
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Wow. Kevin de Bruyne starts on the bench for Manchester City. Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish join Rodri in midfield in what seems an attacking statement of intent from Pep Guardiola…
🔵 CITY ESCALADO | 1⃣1⃣
20. Bernardo Silva
10. Jack Grealish
9. Erling Haaland
🔷 #MCFCPortugues | #TOTMCI | https://t.co/JIQNttxQCn pic.twitter.com/D7wEvq5ybs
Tottenham have opted for Emerson Royal over new signing Pedro Porro at right-back, as Kulusevski, Son and Kane lead the line against the reigning champions.
Your #TOTMCI starting XI 👊 pic.twitter.com/vMdiNhw8vH
Joao Cancelo’s sudden exit to Bayern Munich on deadline day was one of the stories of the January transfer window and could heavily impact Manchester City’s title pursuit.
The Portuguese full-back has been a key stalwart in Guardiola’s side over the last few seasons and his absence from the team will no doubt take some getting used to.
Of course, the Spanish boss will no doubt have a plan in place to deal without Cancelo in his ranks, but Spurs will definitely see his absence as a boost so soon after his departure.
Not long now until we find out how Pep will line up…
Antonio Conte will not attend Tottenham’s match against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon as he continues his recovery after an operation.
The Spurs manager is still in Italy recuperating after gallbladder surgery and is not yet well enough to return to touchline duties.
His assistant Cristian Stellini will take charge of the side when they host Premier League heavyweights City in north London.
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James Tarkowski’s header spoiled Arsenal’s chance to hold their five-point lead at the top ahead of this afternoon’s match, with Mikel Arteta’s side standing tall on 50 points after 20 games.
City have already played 20 ahead of their clash with Tottenham, meaning the Gunners will still hold a game in hand regardless of today’s result.
After Manchester United’s win yesterday, City must also look over their shoulder with their rivals three points behind in third.
Meanwhile, as Spurs hunt down a top four spot, Tottenham could go within a point of Newcastle with a win, after the Magpies’ draw with West Ham on Saturday.
Get your popcorn ready, today’s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester City has the potential to be one of the most important matches of the season.
With league leaders Arsenal suffering a shock defeat against Everton yesterday, Pep Guardiola’s side have a perfect chance to claw the deficit to two points in north London this afternoon, but will first have to get past the Gunners’ archrivals Tottenham.
Spurs themselves haven’t been firing on all cylinders of late but have demonstrated they can get the better of City in the past, setting up an intriguing contest.
Stay tuned as Sportsmail’s live blog takes you through all the pre-game build-up and match action throughout the afternoon…
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