Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 17 October 2014 14:54

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur previewMangala misses out with "minor" injury

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Date: 12.45pm, Saturday 18th October 2014

Venue: The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: S Long, S Bennett Fourth Official: M Oliver

Odds: Manchester City 1/2, Draw 10/3, Tottenham 7/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Nastasic, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Navas, Silva, Sinclair, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic.

Injured: Nasri, Mangala

Doubtful: Fernandinho

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDDLW

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Squad (from): Friedel, Lloris, Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose, Veljkovic, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Capoue, Ceballos, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Mason, Paulinho, Stambouli, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane, Soldado.

Injured: Walker, Naughton

Doubtful: Chadli, Lloris

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLDLW

Eliaquim Mangala misses out with a minor muscular problem, but is expected to be available for the midweek trip to Moscow, whilst Samir Nasri remains sidelined.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that the international break had disrupted his preparations ahead of this game.

"Of course it is not easy to see which is the best starting 11 when you have so many players arriving on different days during the week," said Pellegrini.

"Tomorrow we will decide. Yaya arrived yesterday with Aleks Kolarov and Matija Nastasic.

"Other players arrived on Wednesday and others on Tuesday. All of them are in the squad list."

City's last home league game against Spurs ended in a 6-0 victory, with Jesus Navas (2), Sergio Aguero (2) and Alvaro Negredo amongst the scorers. Overall City have won 56 of the 147 games played against Spurs, with 34 draws and 57 defeats.

Read the views from opposition fan Dan Fitch here.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 Spurs 1