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Tottenham vs Manchester City (FA Cup Fourth Round): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch

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Manchester City travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday night as they… hope to score a goal at Spurs’ new stadium for the first time since it’s completion.

Yes, you read that right. Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted towards the end of last season that Manchester City’s next ambition after claiming the historic Treble would be to strike a football into the back of the net at Tottenham’s home having failed to do so in previous meetings.

City come into the clash on a hot streak of form following the conclusion of their FIFA Club World Cup success in December, and refreshed following a week of training in the middle-east and a warm weather camp in Abu Dhabi.

A comfortable 5-0 rout over Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town saw City progress beyond round three in the competition they claimed through a Manchester derby victory in last season’s FA Cup final.

Tottenham however could prove to be City’s sternest test in the competition this season, with Ange Postecoglou’s side buoyed by the return of James Maddison and holding a strong record over Pep Guardiola’s players at home.

Ahead of Manchester City’s penultimate game in January, here is everything you may need to know ahead of the Emirates FA Cup fourth round in the capital this Friday night, with 9,000 travelling Blues headed to London by whatever means necessary.

Fixture Details

Tottenham host Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday 26 January with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 (UK).

Team News

There are some reoccurring themes about both sides’ fitness and injury updates ahead of the clash in the FA Cup this week, as some key members of both teams are due to be absent for a huge meeting in the competition.

Addressing the media on Thursday afternoon, Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou revealed that previously injured playmaker James Maddison is now “feeling good” after returning to training with the wider first-team group.

Elsewhere in the Spurs camp, Ben Davies and Dane Scarlett have both returned following respective injury problems, while Giovani Lo Celso remains absent for the North London club, alongside Manor Solomon and Alejo Veliz.

For Manchester City, it is more of the same for Pep Guardiola’s squad albeit buoyed by a crucial return in the defensive or midfield position.

Speaking to the media this week, Pep Guardiola has revealed that while Erling Haaland is now back in training and looks in good condition back at the City Football Academy, the clash with Tottenham will come too soon for the striker.

John Stones will however be a part of the travelling contingent in London this week, as will Ederson following his injury against Newcastle that forced an early withdrawal prior to the winter break for the FA Cup holders.

Manuel Akanji remains absent following a problem suffered in the third round victory over Huddersfield Town, with no clear return date or diagnosis on the Swiss international’s issue.

Head To Head

Tottenham against Manchester City will be the 170th meeting between the two clubs, with the hosts coming out on top 66 times, drawing on 37 occasions, and Manchester City winning 66 meetings as well.

The two sides are pretty evenly matched when looking at the goals scored by either side in this fixture, as Tottenham have netted a total of 236 goals against Manchester City, with 262 the other way.

The last time Tottenham and Manchester City met in the FA Cup was an evening that has gone down in the history books of the competition, with City trailing 3-0 at the break at White Hart Lane, only to emerge 3-4 victors following a stunning second-half fight-back in 2004.

Their last meeting overall was equally as dramatic, and marred by officiating controversy, as a 3-3 draw was played out at the Etihad Stadium back in early December 2023.

Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s top-scorer in this fixture, having netted 12 goals against Tottenham during his time in English football.

Statistics

  • This will be the 15th game between Tottenham and Manchester City in the FA Cup.
  • Manchester City have lost all five of their away games in all competitions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Spurs, failing to score in every match.
  • Manchester City have attempted 84 shots with 22 on target in their five games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, without every finding the net.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won 12 of their last 13 home games in the FA Cup (D1) since losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace back in February 2016 at White Hart Lane.
  • This is the first time that Tottenham Hotspur will face the holders of the FA Cup at home since February 1952, losing 3-0 to Newcastle United.
  • Manchester City have won their last 21 FA Cup matches not played at Wembley Stadium, a run stretching back to January 2019, with their last three defeats coming at the national stadium.
  • Manchester City’s last defeat in the FA Cup not played at a neutral venue was in February 2018 at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic.
  • Phil Foden has been involved in 16 goals in 14 starts in the FA Cup for Manchester City (11 goals, 5 assists), scoring five and assisting three more in his last six starts in the competition. He netted two of City’s goals in their 5-0 hammering of Huddersfield Town in this season’s third round.

How To Watch

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch Tottenham vs Manchester City live on ITV1.

Those residing in the United States can see the match live with ESPN+.

For full global TV channel listings for the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night, head over to livesoccertv here.

City Xtra will also have live coverage of the game across our X, Facebook, and Instagram, with our live WatchAlong show available on our official YouTube channel from 7:00PM (UK) – subscribe and turn notifications on!

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