Spurs currently sit in seventh place, one point and two places above City, who have struggled in recent games.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Townsend said, “everyone is focused on getting a good result on Sunday.”
Despite the poor form and goalkeeping uncertainty of Manuel Pellegrini’s City side, Townsend was wary of the threat that they pose.
“City is going to be a hard game regardless of the team they play and if they're at home or away,” he said.
“It's always going to be a tough game so it's up to us to match them and hopefully get the win."
However, City may struggle to break through Spurs’ defence; they have only conceded 6 goals in the entire campaign.
Yet despite their impressive defensive record, Spurs have also struggled to score goals this season, netting just nine in 11 league games, with £26m striker Roberto Soldado unable to provide the necessary firepower since the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas was insistent that his side would go for all three points, despite the lack of firepower upfront. Quoted on Sky Sports, he said, “my philosophy is to play the game and try to win it.”
“Sometimes it comes at a cost because instead of drawing you can end up losing but I would prefer to try win the game so that is our strategy,” he continued.
Yet if Spurs were to get a draw, it would not be bad result given how tight the league table is at the moment. Just two points separate Newcastle (in 8th) from Southampton (in 3rd).
If Soldado again fails to live up to expectations in front of goal, Villas-Boas may turn to 31-year-old Jermain Defoe instead, who has performed well in the Europa League this season.