Tottenham will look to reverse a shaky slide in league form and get their fight to finish on the top four back on track having now slipped five points behind rivals Arsenal, albeit having played two games less, and three behind Chelsea.
However, Andre Villas-Boas’ men are in for an extremely challenging afternoon against a Manchester City side that have responded to the disappointment of their seemingly failed bid to defend their Premier League title by producing arguably their best football of the season.
Indeed, Roberto Mancini’s men have put together four wins on the trot in all competitions, seeing off Manchester United at Old Trafford before advancing through to the FA Cup final after impressively dispatching Chelsea at Wembley in the last four.
Spurs will be boosted by the probable return of talisman Gareth Bale. The PFA Player of the Year nominee has been missing from the last two matches after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Basel in the quarter finals of the Europa League but has returned to the Lillywhite’s squad.
Villas-Boas’s squad will also be supplemented by the return of striker Jermain Defoe from a pelvic problem and he could come straight back into the side ahead of the misfiring former City forward Emmanuel Adebayor, while Aaron Lennon could also feature after a spell on the sidelines with a knee problem.
Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Sandro remain absent.
City could be without influential duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero due to hamstring problems. The loss of Aguero could be critical given his importance in the wins over Man Utd and Chelsea recently.
Elsewhere, Maicon and Jack Rodwell have recovered from knee and hamstring injuries to take their place in the matchday squad though it remains to be seen if Micah Richards will feature after making his comeback from a knee problem on his own against Wigan in midweek.
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