Tottenham will be looking to secure a first-leg advantage when they welcome Manchester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their Champions League quarter-final tonight.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost four of their last six league games but they did get back to winning ways with a routine 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.
That victory came on the opening of Tottenham new £1billion stadium and Spurs will be hoping the excitement around the new ground tonight will give their players an edge against a formidable City side.
The Citizens remain on course to challenge for an unprecedented quadruple and they were pleased to avoid the likes of Barcelona and Juventus in the quarter-final draw.
Spurs will be without Eric Dier as the midfielder is still recovering from a hip injury while Erik Lamela is also out with a hamstring strain.
Serge Aurier is still nursing his own hamstring complaint so Kieran Trippier will continue at right-back but Fernando Llorente returns to the squad.
Harry Winks is pushing for a recall to the starting eleven after making his injury comeback off the bench against Palace.
Man City have been handed a huge boost as Sergio Aguero is back in contention after recovering from injury so the Argentinean international is expected to start up front.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy are also fit and available for selection but Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph are ruled out.
Tottenham vs Man. City Pre Match Insights
- This is the first ever European meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in what is the 157th meeting between the teams in all competitions.
- Manchester City have won 11 of their last 16 matches against Spurs (D1 L4), with all those meetings coming in the Premier League; they’ve won their last three in a row.
- Spurs haven’t faced an English team in a European competition since April 1973, when they faced – and were eliminated by – Liverpool in the 1972-73 UEFA Cup semi-final.
- Manchester City have lost all four of their European matches against English opponents, losing both legs of the 1970-71 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final against Chelsea and both legs of last season’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.
- Spurs are competing in only their second Champions League quarter-final, losing previously 0-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid in 2010-11; in all European competition, Spurs have been eliminated from their last five quarter-final ties, most recently in the 2012-13 Europa League against FC Basel.
Tottenham vs Man. City Lineups
Tottenham (4-2-3-1) Lineup
Man. City (4-3-3) Lineup
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