PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v Tottenham – the action from the Etihad Stadium as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium to kick off Sunday's action. The top-of-the-table clash provides a great opportunity for Roberto Mancini's team to pull a comfortable gap out to Spurs in the table but the north London club will fancy their chances of closing the deficit between the sides to two points. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Manchester City 0-0 Tottenham (1.30pm)
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Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic,
Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko.
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Onuoha, De Jong, Balotelli.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul,
King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar, Livermore,
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
21min: Parker has Tottenham's first real effort in anger but he scuffs well wide from outside the box – ironic cheers all-round from the City fans.
20min: After five minutes of sustained City pressure, Spurs win a corner which again goes short and again doesn't come to much as they win a throw-in shortly after.
19min: I chalk that down as a chance. David Silva gets behind the defence and reaches the byline before cutting the ball back for Aguero. The Argentine shoots from close range but it is accidentally blocked by Edin Dzeko and Spurs survive by winning a goal kick.
18min: Manchester City just starting to take control of possession. This is much to do with Spurs playing a couple of hopeful long balls to Defoe which is as counter productive as it sounds.
15min: Gareth Bale has been shackled for the most part but he proves effective here. Finding space inside the box to send in a low cross which is just too far in front of Defoe.
13min: First glimmer of goal from City as Sergio Aguero shimmies a Scott Parker challenge before seeing his 20-yard shot deflect off King for a corner…which Samir Nasri wastes by playing straight to a Spurs player.
10min: Very even start this and the game is being played at a slow tempo.
And now for something completely different, as Clichy is booked for blocking a Walker throw-in with his outstretched hand…and then complains about it.
7min: Spurs win a free-kick on the right flank after Gael Clichy is forced to haul down a rampaging Kyle Walker. The visitors go short with it and it comes to nothing as City clear.
5min: And both sides are looking good on the ball too. The pitch looks a bit slippery though as Ledley King takes a tumble without a soul around him – could be a sub-plot later on.
3min: Some early sparring here as both sides get a feel for the ball.
Kick-off: Tottenham get us going.
13.28: And here come the players on to the pitch. Howard Webb is in charge today – a referee who has gone up in my estimation since his performance as the best Englishman at the 2010 World Cup.
13.25: In the tunnel it's just one Spurs mascot against the full City starting line-up.
Men against boys Nope not quite, here come the Spurs team.
13.22: Muse's 'Hysteria' is blaring out at the stadium – perfect for the tremendous atmosphere inside the ground which is filling up nicely.
13.19: Carlos who I have to admit since that infamous incident at Bayern Munich (you know the one) Tevez has really not been missed at Manchester City.
Joe Bernstein argues that much of this is down to the incredible talents of David Silva – a top read on the Spaniard's influence on Mancini's side.
13.16: Deary me. The stats are piling against Tottenham. This from InfostradaLive:
Redknapp has lost 21 of 25 career #EPL visits to city of Manchester. His 1st ever PL defeat as a manager came at Man City in Aug 1994. #thfc
13.13: In fairness he tweeted that about two hours ago. He is indeed already at the Etihad Stadium.
It would send out a big message if City win without the likes of him and the Toure brothers in the team.
13.12: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany on Twitter:
On my way to support my team mates. Really looking forward to this game. #Cmoncity!!
13.09: Some pre-match reading. Check out Rob Draper's interview with Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto. As ever the defender is very insightful, especially about his views on racism.
Back in action: Micah Richards (right) returns to the Manchester City side
13.06: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium:
Man City v Tottenham
Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Onuoha, De Jong, Balotelli.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar, Livermore, Pienaar.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
13.03: Quick shout out for our tremendous live goals service, which you can follow on Twitter. Perfect for when you want to know about all the goals as they fly in.
13.00: Some weather watch. There's a few clouds about amongst the blue sky at the Etihad Stadium on what is a chilly day in Manchester – it being January and all that is probably to be expected.
12.57: Tottenham skipper Ledley King makes a surprise return to Harry Redknapp's starting line-up for this afternoon's eagerly-anticipated visit to Premier League leaders Manchester City.
King has been missing for four weeks with a hamstring injury so his presence is a major boost for Spurs, who have Jermain Defoe in attack in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, who cannot play against his parent club.
The return of Micah Richards at full-back is the only City change from Monday's win at Wigan and Roberto Mancini's men had the added advantage of knowing they would open up an eight-point lead on today's opponents with a win.
12.54: And I just wonder if Roberto Mancini is slightly regretting his decision to allow the striker, who is ineligible today, to join Spurs knowing now they are a title threat
It presents a big chance for Defoe to stake his claim for a first-team spot though – especially with Euro 2012 coming up. This could be a pivotal game in his career at White Hart Lane too.
12.51: That August afternoon still feels like yesterday. Tottenham were a different outfit then in terms of confidence and set-up and I can't see them getting hammered 5-1 again – despite missing Emmanuel Adebayor.
City have exceeded my expectations this season though and I still fancy them to have the winning edge today.
Ineligible: Tottenham's on-loan star Emmanuel Adebayor (right) cannot face his parent club
12.48: And that was before I saw this statistic from OptaJoe:
58 – Man City have taken 58 points from a possible 60 in their last 20 Premier League home games and won the last 15 in a row. Fortress.
12.45: Or for a more Manchester slant, this from our Northern Football correspondent, Ian Ladyman:
Lots of interest at K Lumpar airport in today's games. Sadly I will be in the air by kick off. Win for #mcfc and draw at emirates, I think.
I agree with Ian there on both games.
12.44: Sportsmail's Alex Kay:
Glad Harry has gone for Kaboul ahead of Dawson. He's been in great form and is more mobile.
12.41: Tottenham starting XI:
Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe.
12.38: Two changes for Spurs with Ledley King, and less surprisingly, Jermain Defoe coming into the side. The former was doubtful coming into the weekend.
12.35: Manchester City starting XI:
Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Aguero, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko.
12.30: Afternoon all. If today's games are anything like the hype leading up to them, then this could be an explosive day of action in the Premier League.
Manchester City v Tottenham, Arsenal v Manchester United – I don't think we will get the 16 goals that were delivered the last time these teams met, but four predominately attacking sides are bound to serve up something spectacular surely
First up, it's the league leaders against third as City host Spurs. Team news coming up.
Fourmidable: Edin Dzeko (left) scored four times when City defeated Tottenham 5-1 in the reverse fixture