Our live match stream is up and running ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League fixture Tottenham v Man City, kicking off at 5:30pm BST.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, the lineups, predictions and much more.
In each side’s previous game, Spurs came away from The Hawthorns with a 1-0 win. Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal and his eighth goal in eight league games against the Baggies; Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games.
Man City drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool. The Reds failed to move to the top of the Premier League table but maintain five-point gap over Man City; Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool lead from spot, but Gabriel Jesus equalised; Kevin De Bruyne then missed a first-half penalty after Joe Gomez was penalised for handball.
Jose gave an injury update in his press conference on Friday: “Steven Bergwijn went to the international team injured. He was not involved in our match against West Brom, not even on the bench, because that week he was injured. Even so, he reported to the national team, they had their medical team analysing him and they decided they didn’t want to keep him there, because he wouldn’t be ready for the next match. So he stayed here for the last two weeks, and in that time he has managed to recover, and he’s ready for tomorrow. Harry Winks arrived (back from international duty) with a little problem. Erik Lamela is still in the last period of his recovery. Apart from that, no problems.”
Jose on Man City: “I see a team that wants to win every title, wants to win every game, year after year after year. Amazing coach, amazing players, incredible investment. Their objectives never change. They are a top, top team.”
Jose on what it takes to beat City: “You have to play very well, it’s as simple as that. And to play very well is to be very good in every moment of the game, to be very good with the ball and without the ball. Basically, it’s the kind of opponent if you don’t do it for 90 minutes, you don’t win. If you don’t it in certain aspects of the game, you don’t win. You have to perform at a high level. We can.”
Jose on what has changed nine months on since last meeting nine months ago: “We are a better team, and City too. It’s one more year of Pep, one more year of these players working with a fantastic coach. Last season, probably in that moment, they knew they wouldn’t be champions. Now they don’t know that, now they are in the fight, and when people look to the table and see they’re 11th, that’s not right. They have one match in hand, if they get these three points they get top four or five and the league just started a few weeks ago. They’re a very good team, that doesn’t change. We’re a better team, especially we are more confident, we have a different identity. When we played them last season we were just trying to survive, trying to get the points to take us in some direction in the table that could allow us to finish top four or top six to give us something. This season we are a different profile of team. We’re just different. We’re a better team, a team with more solutions.”
Pep Guardiola on how much potential is in this squad?: I’m not thinking much right now about titles. It will be good to do what we have done the last three years. It’s difficult. But we are thinking week by week to do a good job and we’ll see at the end what we deserve.
Pep on if Messi is coming to City: “Messi is a player for Barcelona . If you ask me my opinion I have huge gratitude what Barcelona have done for me. I want him to finish his career there. I would love, wish, I have said a thousand times. I would like as a Barcelona fan for him to finish his career then. I don’t know what is in his mind, for now he is a Barcelona player. The transfer market is in June. This is only half in our minds.
On player fitness, Pep said: “Fernandinho is not fit, he has something in his stomach. Sergio training this week and Raheem today was the first training with the team.”
Pep on Mourinho’s impact at Spurs: “Really good, as always he does at clubs.”
Pep on if Spurs are title contenders: “The numbers speak for themselves. They dropped points vs Newcastle and West Ham in the last minutes, imagine the table without. The manager is quality, of course they are contenders. They are an exceptional team the last four or five years since Mauricio took over.”
Pep on the City rebuild: “All the managers are there to win titles. We did an incredible job to win 8 titles. The job is not to win titles, it’s to win tomorrow. We spoke a lot with Txiki, Khaldoon and analyse what we have done, what we can do. I say an incredible thank you for the opportunity to continue here. People say thanks to me but I say thanks to the club. They are the reason I am here. They gave me a lot, we continue to do the best for our people to do the best as possible.”
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: DWDWWW
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): WWLWWW
Manchester City Premier League form: LDWDWD
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Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Bale, Lo Celso, Son; Kane
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Torres, Jesus, Sterling
- Tottenham won this exact fixture 2-0 last season, ending a run of six Premier League games without a win against Manchester City (D2 L4).
- Only against Chelsea (26) have Manchester City lost more Premier League games than they have vs Tottenham (24).
- Tottenham have won both of their meetings with Man City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions, last winning three home games in a row against the Citizens between 2005-2009 (a run of 6).
- Tottenham have only lost two of their 20 Premier League games against Man City when above them in the table (W15 D3), though this is the first such meeting since January 2017 (2-2).
- Following their opening weekend defeat against Everton, Tottenham are now on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (7 – W5 D2). Spurs are looking to win four consecutive league games for the first time since February 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino.
Mark Lawrenson said: “Both of these teams are on a really good run so this will be a really good yardstick for where they are at.
“We know the kind of form Harry Kane is in at the moment for Spurs but City are looking a lot more solid defensively, and they will have a fit Gabriel Jesus to lead their attack.
“It is going to be close, but I would go with Pep Guardiola to get one over Jose Mourinho.”
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Right then, time to keep an eye out for live match stream on Tottenham v Man City from kick off at 5:30pm…