Is Erling Haaland Fit For Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester City? – Expected Starting Lineups, Predictions, Suspensions, Injuries, & More On Their FA Cup Tie

Published 01/24/2024, 7:55 AM EST

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As the FA Cup action resumes this week, the spotlight falls on the highly anticipated clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Both teams come into the fixture with a compelling narrative, marking this FA Cup fourth-round encounter on fans’ calendars. The crux of the encounter lies in the potential return of Erling Haaland for Manchester City. Speculations have been rife about his return in the past weeks, as Pep Guardiola wonders about City’s attacking threat for the upcoming clash.

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Spurs came in from behind in their last meeting against Manchester City, which ended in a 3-3 thrilling draw. Ange Postecoglu’s men will aim to advance to the next round this time. Let’s find out every detail you need to know about the match.

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Time: Saturday; 27 January 2024, 08:00 PM GMT

Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

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Form:

Tottenham Hotspur (all competitions): W-L-W-W-D

Manchester City (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W

Injuries and team news for Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur

In the injury and team news department, Manchester City faces the absence of Zack Steffen and concerns over the availability of their star goalkeeper Ederson. Erling Haaland has been absent for the past six weeks due to a foot injury. Despite making a return to the Manchester City team training, speculations loom large on whether Haaland will be fit to feature in Friday’s FA Cup tie. The potential return of John Stones to the squad could also offer a significant boost for Pep Guardiola’s side.

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On the flip side, Tottenham Hotspur navigates through the complex challenge of missing crucial players like Son Heung-min, Pape Sarr, and Yves Bissouma, who are on international duty. Ben Davies, Alejo Eliz, Manor Solomon, and Alfie Whiteman will miss the game because of injuries. However, the return of James Maddison and Giovani Lo Celso adds a glimmer of hope to Postecoglou’s squad.

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Possible Starting XI and Head-to-Head Stats

As the team finalize their lineups, both teams might field a formidable squad. The potential eleven for both teams will be as follows:

Manchester City: Ortega; Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Alvarez

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Bentancur; Johnson, Kulusevski, Werner; Richarlison

With 169 matches between them, the historical head-to-head stats stand at 66 wins each for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, with 37 draws.

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction: A tight contest is on the cards

Analyzing the dynamics of this encounter, it’s evident that both teams have their strength and vulnerabilities. While Manchester City boasts an impressive away record, Spurs’ home form has been resolute against the defending champions. Considering the potential absence of Erling Haaland and the likelihood of Maddison’s return, would boost Spurs’ chances.

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Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Manchester City

The countdown nears for the epic FA Cup clash, and soccer enthusiasts can brace themselves for a thrilling game. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top and advance to the next round in the FA Cup.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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