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Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Leroy Sane of Manchester City (R) is put under pressure from Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur (L) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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  • City has lost three-straight in all comps
  • Man City won 4-1 on Dec. 16 at the Etihad
  • Spurs lead all-time 60W-35D-59L

Manchester City looks to snap a three-match losing streak, all to rivals, when it heads to Wembley Stadium for a late Saturday date with Tottenham Hotspur (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

City has a 13-point lead on second place Manchester United, and sits 17 points ahead of Spurs.


Spurs are 10 points clear of Chelsea in the race for a Top Four spot, and can keep pace in the race for third place with a win.

What they’re saying

Spurs’ Pochettino on if the race for the Top Four is over: “In football, never. Until you achieve what you want, it’s never over until the end. We need to keep pushing, winning games and this is a massive three points against Manchester City. There is still a lot of work to do until the end and you cannot underestimate clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, big clubs that can win every game. You need to focus on winning games and winning points and when mathematically you achieve what you want, then it’s over. Until then, it’s impossible to think like that. Football can always surprise you.”

Pep Guardiola on rebounding from Man Utd, Liverpool losses: “After losing at Anfield and United, we were top. During the season it is like this. These are magnificent players. I am sad - we are sad - but I have to judge the way we did it. They know when I am angry and I’m not happy and I tell them it’s not the way we have to do it. But they know I am still there, supporting until the end. A month ago, everyone says we are champions and we cannot lose - now we lose three in a row. It’s part of the game. All the teams lose games. Whatever happens in the season, winning or losing, they deserve my respect for what they have done.”


Spurs will be rested and ready, and could threaten to extend City’s skid if they manage an early marker or two. Call it 2-2.

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