MANCHESTER – Manchester City will host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League game of the week on Saturday, January 21, and kicking off at 12:30 pm. Live streaming coverage will be on NBCSN, while the viewers in the UK can watch television broadcast on BT Sport 1 HD. For live scores log on to, while you can check out our Watch Online Streaming Sports page for more streaming options.


Tottenham are coming off a convincing 4-0 victory over West Bromwich in their last Premier League outing and head into this game on great form, having won six straight in the league.

The men from London will go in search of three more points on Saturday as they look to stay in contact with leaders Chelsea.

“We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.

“We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.

“I think it’s not important today the gap that we can take (this weekend).”

Pochettino added: “The most important thing will be our performance – to show that we have improved a lot and learned from last season.

“It will be a very tough game, I think when you play against a team like Manchester City you must always give your best.

“To try to get the three points, that’s our challenge.

“But it’s too early to talk about decisive games, or decisive points. There are a lot of big things ahead.”

Defender Jan Vertonghen picked up an ankle injury in the last outing and will be out for six weeks.

This means either Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies will take the place of the Belgian for the vital trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola of Manchester City
Pep Guardiola of Manchester City coaching in the FA Cup


Meanwhile, Manchester City were hammered 4-0 by Everton last weekend and Pep Guardiola’s men know they must play better against Spurs or risk falling even further behind in the Premier League title race.

New recruit Gabriel Jesus, who completed his move from Palmeiras earlier this week, is available to face Tottenham and Guardiola could hand the Brazilian 19-year-old his Manchester City debut.

“He is fit, he is ready to be involved in the squad, in the team,” Guardiola said.

“He is a young player, 19 years old, so we cannot think he is going to solve our problems but he is going to help us in the Premier League.

“It would have been easier if he could have arrived at the beginning of the season, now is the middle of the season with not too many training sessions, but he is smart and has quality.”

Manchester City (squad): Bravo, Caballero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kompany, Clichy, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Delph, De Bruyne, Sterling, Silva, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Aguero, Iheanacho, Jesus.

Tottenham Hotspur (squad): Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Alderweireld, Dier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Trippier, Walker, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane, Janssen.


James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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