Manchester City will be looking to climb above Tottenham in the Premier League table when they do battle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
City dropped to fourth place following a 3-1 loss to top-of-the-table Leicester City at home last weekend and manager Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for a much better performance from his charges this time out.
It was revealed at the beginning of the month that Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola following the conclusion of this season, no matter how well the club did, leading to fears City’s form might dip as a consequence.
The shock home loss to the Foxes would have done nothing to allay those concerns and Pellegrini will want a strong finish to the season in order to prove to his soon-to-be former employers they have made a mistake in their haste to replace him with Guardiola.
Captain Vincent Kompany looks set to make his return from a calf strain, which will be a big boost to the Citizens defence, but their injury list is still significant with the likes of Fabian Delph, Bacary Sagna, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Kevin de Bruyne all set to miss out.
Spurs overtook City and moved into second in the standings with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Watford and will be keen to secure the position with another win against City this weekend.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will undoubtedly be looking to his defence to lay a solid foundation for the side to attack from.
The North London club boasts the tightest defence in the league, having conceded just 19 goals in 25 games so far this season, as well as the best goal difference, but they have struggled at the Etihad in recent times conceding 10 goals in their last two trips to Eastlands.
The only major injury concern for visitors is Jan Vertonghen, who injured his knee ligament against Crystal Palace last month and looks set for a lenghty spell on the sidelines.