Manchester City are a very, very good team, but they’ve hit a bit of a bump in the road here at the end, losing their last three games in all competitions and flaming out of the Champions League. Still, they can win the Premier League with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium today (provided Manchester United lose to West Brom, which, lol).
Don’t think that Spurs are going to make it easy. Since the start of 2018, Tottenham have been playing every bit as good as Manchester City, and are even leading the table in points scored since the new year. Spurs are undefeated in their last 14 games, and will be hoping a raucous home crowd at Wembley will help catapult them to a big win over the presumptive champions.
City are without Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy, and John Stones, who are all out injured. Perhaps more critically, they are without their midfield enforcer Fernandinho, who is serving the second of a two match suspension for yellow card accumulation. If Tottenham can control the midfield and prevent attacks down the flanks through Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, they have every chance of getting a result today against an outstanding City squad.
FULL TIME — City take the points. Spurs were much more City’s equal in the second half, but Sterling’s rebound goal took the wind out of their sails. Good news is Spurs were playing with house money in this match. Bring on Brighton this Tuesday!
84’ — Spurs make their final sub. And it’s Moussa Sissoko for Dele. Um, yeah, that’ll help.
74’ — Sub for Spurs. Lucas Moura coming on for Mousa Dembele as Pochettino rolls the dice to get Tottenham back in this game.
72’ — Goal Manchester City. Raheem Sterling scores on the rebound after a Hugo Lloris block. Sigh.
65’ — Substitutions for both sides. Son Heung-Min coming on for Erik Lamela, while Nicolas Otamendi is on for Leroy Sane.
59’ — Much more even affair in the second half, but Spurs don’t have much in the way of chances to talk about. You still get the feeling like this match could be won by either side.
Second half underway! #COYS!
HALFTIME — Spurs head into the interval down a goal but with a rush of confidence. City ran riot for most of that half, but Eriksen keeping Spurs in it with a lovely goal before the whistle.
42’ GOAL CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN! Harry Kane with a lovely pass to spring Eriksen, who pokes it past Ederson. Spurs are back in it! (No, Harry Kane did not celebrate like it was his)
38’ — Penalty denied? Erik Lamela went down in the box and it sure looked like Vincent Kompany got his ankle. Nothing doing, says Jon Moss.
25’ — PK Goal Manchester City. Oh dear. Hugo yellow carded for taking out Sterling, and Jon Moss pointed to the spot. But was it inside the box? Gundogan fires home from the spot, and Spurs are down 2-0.
22’ — Goal Manchester City. A Route One goal for Gabriel Jesus who receives a long ball from Vincent Kompany out of the back. Jesus slots it past Hugo, and City lead.
20’ — It’s pretty much all Manchester City in the first half. They’re carving Spurs open through the center of midfield. Tottenham not able to get much going on offense.
3’ — Yikes! Sane gets the early chance for City as his volley caroms off the post. Still 0-0.
KICK-OFF! We’re underway at Wembley for the first time in 37 days!
How we’re lining up at Wembley tonight!— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 14, 2018
City XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Delph, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Jesus
Subs | Bravo, Bernardo, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Yaya Touré, Foden, Brahim Diaz
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Match Date, Time and Location
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:45 pm (ET), 7:45 p.m. (GMT)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Match official: Jonathan Moss
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