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Manchester City could have their lead at the top of the Premier League standings cut back to just six points by the time they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.

The battle between City and Spurs will end off the league action on Saturday, and it will undoubtedly be the game that captures plenty of attention.


Earlier in the day, second-placed Liverpool (who are currently nine points behind City and have a game in hand) are obvious odds-on favourites to claim a comfortable win over relegation-threatened Norwich, who dwell down in 18th.


That expected result would certainly serve to ramp up the pressure on City as they prepare to host a Tottenham team that will still have their sights set on a top-four finish. Spurs are currently in eighth position, but they have only played 22 games and are just seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who have played 25 matches.

Tottenham are set to welcome back injury-free defender Eric Dier ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium, with his last appearance against Chelsea in January coming at the start of a three-game losing streak in the league for Spurs.

While news about the 28-year-old Dier’s return will please manager Antonio Conte, the update on midfielder Oliver Skipp is not as good after he suffered a delay in his recovery from a thigh injury.

Although Spurs will be determined to pile pressure on Man City and help keep the title race alive, the fact of the matter is that Pep Guardiola’s team have not lost a competitive match since being beaten by RB Leipzig in the Champions League at the start of December.

Meanwhile, they have not lost in the Premier League since the end of October at home to Crystal Palace, while City’s imperious form was again on show this past Tuesday evening as they thumped Sporting Lisbon 5-0 away from home in the Champions League.

Back at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, City would be expected to have too much firepower for Spurs, but it is the sort of ‘banana-peel’ fixture that they will be desperate to avoid slipping over.

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