Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Five key battles

Emmanuel Adebayor

Spurs are looking to go fourth while Manchester City could go top, as the teams get ready to fight at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City face a difficult test tomorrow evening as they look to stay the pace at the top of the Premier League. City could be four points behind Arsenal by the time the game kicks-off which makes a solid performance key from Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Tottenham have the home advantage and a win could take them into the top four if Everton beat Liverpool this evening. Champions League football is the main aim for Spurs though they have suffered in front of their own fans so far this season.

It’s going to be a very good match with battles breaking out all over the pitch. Here are five of the main match ups to keep an eye on.

Michael Dawson v Sergio Aguero

Dawson is the leader in that Tottenham back four and his teammates will look to him to set an example. Sergio Aguero could latch onto him, using every skill he knows to drag Dawson out of position as he tries to take advantage of his lack of pace.

Kyle Walker v David Silva

Silva missed the FA Cup win against Watford with a slight hamstring problem but he’ll go straight back into the team if fit. Walker has to be disciplined against any player who plays at left midfield for City, because they will try and move him out of the way, creating space for the left-back on the overlap.

Mousa Dembele v Yaya Toure

This will be one of the best midfield battles to watch this week. Toure will try and use his power and energy to burst forward and it’s important Dembele breaks up the play frequently. Dembele also needs to try and put some pressure onto Toure and push him back towards his own goal.

Christian Eriksen v Pablo Zabaleta

Eriksen may be asked to play a role out on the left hand side of Tottenham’s midfield. Whether he’s going down the outside or moving in centrally, he needs to try and get the better of Zabaleta, making him unsure of the space between himself and Vincent Kompany in the middle of City’s defence.

Emmanuel Adebayor v Vincent Kompany

This is a real physical match up and one which will be good to watch. Adebayor can back into Kompany, drop off and try to move him around. However, the Belgian defender is one of the best in the Premier League in terms of timing and knowing when to step out and take risks.

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