CONFIRMED: Manchester City and Tottenham line-ups

Here is how Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will line up for this afternoon’s game:

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Sagna, Milner, Lampard, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Aguero

Manchester City subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Boyata, Toure, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Dzeko

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Soldado

Tottenham subs: Vorm, Vertonghen, Dembele, Stambouli, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane

Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium this lunch-time as Premier League football returns with a bang.

The international break is over and English top flight football returns with a match between two sides who are separated by just three points and four places in the table.

Recent encounters between the two suggest City will win this one, but Tottenham will have other ideas, and hope to end the Blues’ run of six wins from their last seven league meetings.

The 6-0 defeat back in November will still sting those Spurs players involved and Mauricio Pochettino will want to ensure that loss is avenged if at all possible. With City without a win in their last two home league games, today could be the day the visitors earn the points and the bragging rights.

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