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Man City 0-1 Tottenham – Premier League: Erling Haaland cancels out Heung-min’s opener

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

GOAL: Man City 1-1 Tottenham

HAALAND EQUALISES! City win themselves a free-kick on the right-hand-side of the pitch. Julian Alvarez curled it into the box and Haaland connects with it at the near post, heading it past Guglielmo Vicario to equalise.

GOAL: Man City 0-1 Tottenham

TOTTENHAM FIND THE BACK OF THE NET! What a counter attack it was. Guglielmo Vicario punched the ball clear with Giovani Lo Celso latching onto the loose ball. He plays it over to Son on the opposite side of the pitch. He drives forwards, beats his defend and slips it past Ederson.

Man City 0-0 Tottenham

City are pressing high! Haaland just put Guglielmo Vicario under an immense amount of pressure forcing him to shovel it on. As a result, City pick up the ball, play left to Doku, he unleashes a rocket at goal.

Man City 0-0 Tottenham

City earn their second corner of the game and play it in towards the near post. Haaland looked to flick it on but couldn’t quite connect. Spurs do well to clear the danger but City regain possession.

Man City 0-0 Tottenham

Doku picks up the ball on the left-hand-side, drives forwards and looks to cut through the middle of two players. However, the ball went out for a corner instead – which they did very little with.

Man City 0-0 Tottenham

City look comfortable and relaxed in possession. They are switching the ball from side to side and picking their moments rather than forcing it forwards.

KICK OFF: Man City 0-0 Tottenham

And… just like that, we are underway! It is Man City who kick off the proceedings at the Etihad this evening. We *should* be in for a good night of football. Make sure you stay tuned.

We are just five minutes away…

Not long to go until Manchester City get underway. Make sure you stay tuned as we will be bringing you minute-by-minute coverage of the game.

Postecoglou: ‘We won’t change our approach’

Ange Postecoglou is adamant Spurs won’t change their approach, despite their injury crisis.

‘We’re just going to try and play our football but you’ve always got to remember there’s an opponent there that’s going to try and stop you and a very, very good opponent today,’ he tells Sky Sports.

‘So we’re going to have to make adjustments during the game but what won’t change is the way we play our football.’

A cold night in store in Manchester

The teams are out to warm-up on a chilly evening in Manchester.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland warming up prior to kick-off before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday December 3, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Guardiola expects an entertaining contest at the Etihad

Pep Guardiola expects another entertaining affair at the Etihad this afternoon.

Postecoglou happy to have Bissouma back

Yves Bissouma is back with Spurs after serving his suspension and it’s fair to say Ange Postecoglou is pleased to have the Mali international back at his disposal.

Will Rodri be key again for City?

City are unbeaten in their last 42 competitive fixtures in which Rordi has featured. Incidentally, their last defeat with the Spaniard on the pitch came against Spurs in February.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Rodri of Manchester City celebrates after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 29, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

How will Spurs cope with their injury crisis?

The last Tottenham manager to lose four Premier League games in a row was David Pleat back in April 2004.

Few would have expected Ange Postecoglou to find himself on the precipice of equalling the unwanted record after Spurs flew out of the blocks this season.

But an injury crisis that seemly grows by the week has checked their momentum and left Postecoglou without 10 senior players for this fixture.

Rodrigo Bentancur joined James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon on the sidelines.

Cristian Romero is serving the last game of his three-game ban, while Yves Bissouma is available following his suspension.

Pep Guardiola has insisted he will keep speaking his mind in order to try and keep Manchester City top of the tree.

Guardiola faces Spurs at The Etihad today for the first time since he described his players as a ‘happy flowers team’ after a sloppy 4-2 victory against the same opponents in January.

On that occasion, Guardiola lambasted his stars for being too comfortable and not playing from the stomach, and it worked with City responding. Now the Catalan says he’ll continue to be honest even if it causes offence.

You can read more here.

Tottenham team news

And here’s the XI picked by Ange Postecoglou

Manchester City team news

Here’s how City line up this afternoon. Jeremy Doku retains his place over Jack Grealish, while John Stones is back on the bench for the first time since last month.

Can City return to winning ways?

The Premier League champions have been unusually fallible this season and are winless in four of their last seven Premier League games, having only failed to win four of the previous 26 matches.

Draws with Chelsea and Liverpool in the last two fixtures mean City could go winless in three Premier League games for the first time since they failed to win four in a row between March and April 2017.

Worryingly for them, they relinquished a lead in both games, with Chelsea salvaging a point courtesy of a late Cole Palmer penalty and Liverpool earning a draw thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal late on last week.

The good news for Pep Guardiola is that his team are unbeaten in the last 48 games at the Etihad and kept the run going on Tuesday, coming back from 2-0 down to beat RB Leipzig 3-2 in the Champions League.

Preamble

Pep Guardiola has dominated English football since first arriving on these shores seven years ago, but Tottenham are a challenge he’s yet to completely master.

Spurs have beaten Guardiola on six occasions since 2016, the most of any team in the Premier League and have won five of their last seven Premier League games against City.

And how would Ange Postecoglou love to extend that record on Sunday afternoon.

After a flying start to the season, the Australian finds himself under pressure for the first time since taking charge in the summer.

Three consecutive defeats have seen Spurs drop to sixth on the table, while a growing injury crisis has deprived them of a host of key players including James Maddison and Micky van de Wen.

Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday, meanwhile, means City kick off this evening in third place, four adrift of the league leaders.

Good afternoon!

Good afternoon and welcome to Mail Sport’s coverage of Manchester City vs Tottenham.

Pep Guardiola’s men look to close the gap to Arsenal at the top of the table to one point, while Ange Postecoglou is hoping his injury-ravaged side can halt a three-game losing streak.

Coming up we’ll have all the latest updates from the Etihad and team news in the lead-up to the 4:30pm kick-off.

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