UEFA Champions League: Manchester City vs Tottenham – preview, line-ups, prediction

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The rivals met at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium a week ago. Pochettino’s team won with a minimum score (1:0) then. The only goal was scored by Korean striker Son Heung-min at the end of the match.

Josep Guardiola was too smart with formation in the UEFA Champions League playoff match. The Catalan coach had every reason to fear Tottenham’s counter-attack, so City chose a more cautious option.

According to statistics, the Citizens also lost by the number of shots (13 against 10). The guests hit the target twice, and one of that kicks was taken from the spot. Sergio Aguero failed to outplay Hugo Lloris at the very beginning of the meeting.

Now, Manchester City are to play key week of the season. They will play with Tottenham twice, in the Champions League and Premier League, after which the team waits for the Manchester derby at Old Trafford for 8 upcoming days. Moreover, every game is important for Guardiola’s squad.

On the other hand, Tottenham lost many headliners: Harry Kane got an ankle injury, Dele Alli and Eric Lamela came back to the field, but they aren’t ready to play full match.

City’s defender Oleksandr Zinchenko won’t play because of hamstring injury.

Possible line-ups:

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling

Tottenham:  Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama; Sissoko, Eriksen; Alli; Lucas, Son

Quarter-final, second leg (aggregate 0-1)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
8pm GMT, tonight

Prediction: 3:1

(Reporting by Dan McGlush, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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