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Can Manchester City Overturn The Deficit Against Tottenham In Tonight Champions League Quarter-final

Heung-min Son’s second-half goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 9 sees Spurs travel to Manchester tonight with a 1-0 advantage before the second leg.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino's admission after last week’s win that Man City are still favourites to win the Champions League outright, not just their tie, is representative of the task that Spurs face despite that lead… and they will take it on without Harry Kane.


The Spurs striker sustained an ankle ligament injury in the first leg which could rule him out for the remainder of the season, and Spurs will be looking to Son – and perhaps Lucas Moura – to lead their attack on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, was clearly angered by his side’s defeat in London and is likely to bring back Kevin de Bruyne as City look to overturn the deficit.

Team news and predicted line-ups

Fernandinho is in a race against time to shake-off the muscle injury that saw him miss the weekend’s victory at Crystal Palace.

Guardiola said that the Brazilian sustained the injury in the first leg at Spurs, but admitted that the problem was merely ‘short-term’. He is said to have been training at 'low intensity' over recent days.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to miss out with a hamstring issue, but crucially Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are both fit and available.

Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s return to action represents a timely boost for City. The Portuguese international missed the first leg but returned to action as a second-half substitute at Selhurst Park.

Spurs, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of midfielder Dele Alli, while Harry Winks is definitely out. The former could play with a cast to protect a broken hand suffered in the first leg, while the latter did not feature against Huddersfield after picking up a groin issue in training on Friday.

Victor Wanyama, having impressed in the win over Huddersfield, is expected to deputise for Winks.

Son will return having been practically rested at the weekend, while Lucas – who scored a hat-trick on Saturday – could support him in attack.

Possible team line-ups
Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling

Tottenham XI (4-1-2-1-2):  Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama; Sissoko, Eriksen; Alli; Lucas, Son

Score prediction: Man City 2-0 Tottenham (after extra time), 2-1 on aggregate
Tottenham’s challenge has been made all the harder with Kane’s injury and, while he may not have scored in their first-leg win, his hold-up play and work rate will be sorely missed.

Spurs will test City on the counter-attack with the pace of Lucas and Son, but City should have enough to get the job done – though don’t be surprised if this one goes beyond the 90.

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Match odds

.Man City to qualify (including extra time and penalties): 13/20

.Tottenham to qualify (including extra time and penalties): 6/5

.First goalscorer

Man City (selected)

. Sergio Aguero: 13/5
. Raheem Sterling: 9/2
. Bernardo Silva: 11/1

Tottenham (selected)

Heung-min Son: 10/1
Lucas Moura: 13/1
Dele Alli: 18/1

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