Manchester City vs Tottenham predictions: Tottenham line-up
Tottenham outdid Manchester City in every way in the second half of the first leg clash between the two sides. If the first half of the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals was all Pep Guardiola, then the second half of the first leg was all Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine changed things up and it worked perfectly, with the North London side going into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. Moreover, their team will be buzzing after the 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, with Lucas Moura scoring a hattrick.
Manchester City also ended their Premier League week with a rather impressive 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. It showed the Cityzens at their best, passing and dominating the game from the first whistle to the last.
That’s something Tottenham will have to be wary of, especially given the fact that they play the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Harry Kane hobbled off in the first leg and may not return until the very end of the season (Guardian). Dele Alli also walked off holding his hand, and it was confirmed that he may not be fit enough (Daily Mail).
Furthermore, Harry Winks injured himself during training and is also a doubt for the second leg (Evening Standard). Other than that, Tottenham still have Eric Dier, Eric Lamela and Serge Aurier out with long-term injuries.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Untested against Huddersfield Town, Lloris will have to put his best foot forward against what could be a dominant Manchester City.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
A leader at the back, the 31-year-old was untested by Karlan Grant in the Premier League and will have to be at his very best against the likes of Sergio Aguero and company.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
With Tottenham walking into the second leg with a 1-0 lead and injuries elsewhere, this could be a chance for Sanchez to impress.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
Rested against Huddersfield, the 30-year-old has been a consistent presence in the defence for Spurs and should find a way back.
Kieran Trippier (RWB)
Another player rested for the Premier League fixture, Trippier was unimpressive in the first-leg and has a lot to improve upon.
Moussa Sissoko (CM)
One of the few players to play two games over the last week, the former Newcastle United man should also find his way back onto the team-sheet.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
He scored his first goal of the season against Huddersfield Town and with injuries elsewhere, Wanyama should keep his place.
Danny Rose (LWB)
Mauricio Pochettino rested Rose at the weekend and given his performance in the first leg, he should find his way back.
Christian Eriksen (RAM)
Easily Tottenham’s best player when in form, the Danish midfielder will have to be at his best if they are to win against Manchester City.
Heung-Min Son (LAM)
Tottenham’s best player in the first leg, he came off the bench against Huddersfield and added another assist to his tally.
Lucas Moura (CF)
A hattrick against Huddersfield (his first since 2013) showed exactly what he could do by playing up front and given his form, there should be no one else starting.