Big Match Focus: City wary of title collapse ahead of Spurs showdown

Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater has struggled to secure a first-team place

Just three minutes later, the France goalkeeper conceded a penalty, with a studs up sliding challenge on Sterling, although replays suggested it occurred outside of the box.

If City score a victory over Spurs, then Manchester United will have to beat Newcastle to delay the celebrations for at least another week.

Man City team: Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Delph, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Jesus.

Guardiola will be determined to ensure that is the case, with the Catalan coach having endured a rare blip of late which has delivered three successive defeats across all competitions.

Yet City had three good chances to restore their two goal lead, the two of those fell to Jesus who was twice put through but on each occasion got the ball caught up in his feet and the chances went begging. That will be the theme of the contest when they take on Tottenham Hotspur, who could not have faced City at a better time.

They still sit 13 points clear of United atop the Premier League table with six matches left to play as they head into this fixture with Spurs.




Sterling missed another golden chance in the 71st minute after rounding Lloris, as his shot was blocked for a corner.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino named a strong starting XI to take on Man City in the Saturday evening kick-off in the Premier League, but fans can't believe he has benched Heung-min Son. The gap would have been five had Kane not managed to persuade the Premier League's goals accreditation appeals panel to award him his side's second in last weekend's 2-1 win at Stoke after Christian Eriksen's free-kick had brushed his sleeve on its way into the net.

The club's last longer run in a top-flight campaign came back in 1967 and lasted an impressive 20 matches.

Sandwiched between thumpings from Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final (5-1 on aggregate) was a devastating 3-2 defeat to bitter derby rivals Manchester United despite being two goals up.

The game is scheduled for a highly unusual 7.45pm BST kick-off time on Saturday, April 14, and the match will be shown on TV on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Manchester City, meanwhile, can win the title with a home victory over Swansea on Nissan Super Sunday.

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