Manchester City vs Tottenham
Saturday, October 18. Kick-off: 1245
Manchester City can move within one win of Chelsea if they are able to overcome Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, although Jose Mourinho’s side will have the opportunity to restore a five point advantage when they play Crystal Palace later in the day.
Manuel Pellegrini will have something of a selection dilemma as he bids to make a dent in Chelsea’s march to the Premier League title, with Yaya Toure’s fitness a concern following his late return from international duty.
The Ivory Coast captain may well be replaced by Frank Lampard in the Manchester City midfield while Fernandinho will miss out with a hamstring injury, so he his compatriot Fernando is expected to come in to replace him.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will also be enforced into a change due to injury, with Kyle Naughton limping out of the victory over Southampton in the club’s last encounter. Eric Dier is in contention to deputise.
Nacer Chadli has been struggling with a hip problem but will be given a chance to prove his fitness. Emmanuel Adebayor, meanwhile, only returned to training on Friday but, if deemed fit enough, will start against his former club.
Hugo Lloris is also a doubt for Pochettinho and Spurs will have to wait until the last minute before making a final decision on the France captain.
Eliaquim Mangala is out with a muscle strain, so Martín Demichelis will come in.
The predicted line-ups
Manchester City XI
Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, E̶l̶i̶a̶q̶u̶i̶m̶ ̶M̶a̶n̶g̶a̶l̶a̶, Martín Demichelis, Gael Clichy
Fernando, Frank Lampard, James Milner, David Silva
Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero.
Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose
Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli