Man City Predicted lineup v Tottenham: Match preview as Pellegrini looks to salvage title challenge

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Manchester City arguably need a big performance more than any of their title rivals in Sunday’s pair of title showdowns.

The Citizens were devastated 3-1 by Leicester City last weekend, and if you analysed and compared the two sides during the contest, you’d be hard pressed to say which were the collective of Premier League superstars, and which side were fighting relegation only 12 months ago.

City have struggled to convince since it was revealed that Pep Guardiola will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season, and after following up an underwhelming win over Sunderland with the defeat to City, the Sky Blues need a big performance against Tottenham Hotspur to prove that they are still pulling in the same direction under the Chilean coach.

Ahead of Joe Hart in goal, Pellegrini can call on Vincent Kompany again with the skipper having returned to fitness. We’re tipping the Belgian to return at the heart of the defence alongside Nicolas Otamendi, with Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis dropped to the bench.

Expect Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy to fill in in the full-back positions, with Bacary Sagna injured.

Fabian Delph continues to struggle with a calf injury, and will miss out, so we’re tipping Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Fernando to operate as a midfield three.

In attack, Sergio Aguero will be the man charged with leading the line for the Citizens, and while the Argentine superstar may be joined by Kelechi Iheanacho, we’re backing Pellegrini to go for a front three with David Silva and Raheem Sterling flanking the striker.

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