Manchester City take on Tottenham on Sunday afternoon as they hope to build a winning streak after finding success in the UEFA Champions League this week.
The Cityzens’ contest against RB Leipzig showed the football world that they are European champions for a reason, as they had to pull off quite the comeback against the German side on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s players found themselves 0-2 behind at the half time interval, after Lois Openda found the back of Stefan Ortega Moreno’s net twice, largely through individual mistakes from Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias.
Given the deficit, Guardiola was far from happy making three substitutions within the first quarter of the second-half, as Nathan Ake, Jeremy Doku, and Julian Alvarez all made their way onto the pitch.
Over the course of the second-half, the reigning European champions would claw their way back into the game, with Erling Haaland’s goal in the 54th minute starting the come back. Phil Foden, who assisted the Norwegian, would then go on to score an equaliser in the 70th minute.
In the 87th, Julian Alvarez would prove to be the ultimate super substitute as the Argentine found the back of the net for Manchester City, giving them the lead for the first time in the game and breaking his five-game goal drought.
Now the Premier League champions will have to shift their gears to a domestic battle, as they host Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur side at the Etihad Stadium, who have been on a poor run of form recently.
Out of their previous five games, Postecoglou’s men have dropped points in three games to Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and most recently Aston Villa, falling to solo strikes from Pau Torres and Ollie Watkins.
Despite this recent poor showing, Tottenham find themselves outside of the top four, sitting comfortable with 26 points, after an electric start to the season, one that was far from certain after losing star player Harry Kane to Bayern Munich.
In the England international captain’s shoes, Son Heung-Min has stepped up to the plate, leading his side with eight goals across 13 appearances, while the rest of the team’s scorers trail behind.
Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 3rd December at the Etihad Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 16:30 BST.
Pep Guardiola has provided updates on the fitness of John Stones, stating that he is getting close to coming back but is unlikely to start on Sunday having been named on the substitutes bench in recent contests whilst he builds fitness in training.
Mateo Kovacic, who missed most of the last month with a muscular strain, is set to return as the Catalan manager stated that he is “back, training well”. Matheus Nunes returned to full first-team training on Saturday afternoon, but is more likely to start on the bench.
Head to Head
While Manchester City have been dominant over the previous few years, Tottenham have always managed to be a thorn in their side to some degree. Over their previous five meetings, the North London side have taken nine points, as former Spurs star Harry Kane managed to net three goals during that period.
How To Watch
For viewers in the United Kingdom, you can view Sunday’s match on Sky Sports.
For viewers in the United States, you can watch the match on Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST.
For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV listings here!
City Xtra will have live coverage of the contest on YouTube via our live Watchalong show!
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