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Full-time: Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City

  • Kevin de Bruyne gives City the lead, but hosts fightback through Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela to secure a third straight Premier League win
  • Questionable offside decisions for three of the five goals but Kane ends his run of 12 hours without finding the net at club level
  • Willy Caballero starts for the visitors, now beaten in three of their last four games, as Manuel Pellegrini leaves Joe Hart on the substitutes bench at White Hart Lane and Vincent Kompany withdraws with illness
  • Manchester City still without David Silva, who is suffering with a calf injury and Yaya Toure picks up a hamstring problem
Harry Kane
Harry Kane had gone more than 12 hours without scoring for Tottenham before Saturday's impressive victory. Getty

A truly impressive fightback from Tottenham, who are now only three points behind today's opponents and move up to fifth before the 15:00 BST kick-offs. While the lack of offside calls will prove a major talking point, they rallied well after falling behind to that De Bruyne opener and the sense of relief at seeing Kane end his goal drought was evident.

As for City, their selection problems are mounting with Silva, Hart, Kompany and now possibly Toure all lacking in fitness ahead of their Champions League meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany on Wednesday. They looked very dangerous on the counter before the break, but reacted poorly to going behind and never looked confident of restoring parity thereafter.

That is it from us for now, but join us here for live coverage of the next six ties of a busy day of Premier League action.


Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City

A booking for Alli as he brings down Nasri. Lloris then does well to hold an awkward, dipping De Bruyne free-kick.

Pellegrini has made one final substitution, introducing Roberts in place of a frustrated and goalless Aguero. Carroll replaces Lamela for Tottenham.

A hugely impressive result now all but assured for Tottenham as Clinton turns his man effortlessly wide on the right before providing a low cross for Lamela. The former Roma man does not panic and manages to coolly work his way around both Demichelis and Caballero before slotting home.

Goal: Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City (Erik Lamela)

Son was certainly offside there as he prodded in at the back post, but it looked as if it would have gone in anyway had he not tried to make contact. The South Korean has gone off now, with fellow new signing Clinton Njie taking his place for the final 15 minutes plus injury time.

Persistent play from Kane as he breezes beyond his marker down the left before laying a ball just too far in front of the onrushing Lamela. Son then has the ball in the net but is flagged for offside and it won't stand.

City come close to reducing the arrears as substitute Navas links up with Sagna before lashing a shot from a difficult angle that is tipped over the bar by Lloris. Sterling opens up space for another effort before sending a poor shot wide.

Nasri is on for Fernandinho. 20 minutes remaining at White Hart Lane.

A first change of the afternoon from Pochettino as Eriksen is replaced by Chadli.

Demichelis is extremely fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for stepping across Lamela but he is still punished as Tottenham extend their lead from the resulting free-kick. Eriksen rattles a superb effort off the crossbar and Kane is there to instinctively loft the rebound into the top corner.

A huge relief for the striker as he bags his first club goal of the season and ends a drought that had extended beyond 12 hours of competitive action.

Goal: Tottenham 3-1 Manchester City (Harry Kane)

A couple of cautions for Spurs as Lamela is booked for a late foul on Kolarov and Dier likewise for a strong challenge on Fernandinho.

Hart is apparently suffering from a back strain today, but he will be back in the side very soon judging by Caballero's woeful and costly decision making at that free-kick.

It has now been confirmed that Kompany was withdrawn from the bench today through illness, while Pellegrini's worries increase as Toure hurts his hamstring and is replaced by Navas.

Despite being firmly on the backfoot since the start of the second half, Tottenham have fought back to lead for the first time.

Otamendi gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position after fouling Kane on the right-hand side and Lamela floats the free-kick in towards Alderweireld at the front post. The Belgian defender rises above Fernando to head home, with Caballero in no-man's land having clearly regretted his decision to try and collect.

Goal: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City (Toby Alderweireld)

City looking to force the initiative early in the second 45 as Toure forces a save from Lloris and Aguero wins a corner.

The second half is now underway. No personnel changes from either Pochettino or Pellegrini at the break.

The failure of both assistant referees to spot that De Bruyne and Walker were offside in the build-up to each goal is sure to prove a major talking point at the break.

The first was at least a very marginal decision, however. Quite shocking how Simon Beck, standing in an excellent position, did not spot that Walker had strayed well beyond the last defender.

Walker was a good few yards offside when that ball was played in the lead up to Dier's excellent finish. An understandably aggrieved Demichelis remonstrates with the officials after the half-time whistle blows and receives a yellow card for his trouble.


Tottenham 1-1 Manchester City

The home side get back on level terms as Kane releases Walker down the right and his low cross towards Son draws a good save from Caballero. The rebound is given away cheaply by De Bruyne and Dier fizzes in a low shot off the inside of the post. Just seconds to go until half-time.

Goal: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester City (Eric Dier)

Sterling finds Aguero in the penalty area and the tricky Argentine shows quick feet before winning a corner courtesy of a block by Alderweireld. Aleksandar Kolarov's ball in is headed well over by Otamendi.

Kane is edging closer to that elusive first goal of the season. A nice turn and shot from Lamela sees the ball fall into his path, but Caballero is equal to the subsequent drive and pushes it away for a corner.

A stern word in the ear of Alli from Clattenburg after the former MK Dons starlet commits a heavy foul on Fernandinho.

City looking dangerous once more as Fernandinho's low cross is palmed away by a diving Lloris.

A delivery from Davies then reaches Lamela at the back of the penalty area, but his shot is wild. He really should have taken a touch there.

A dreadful air-kick from Otamendi allows Kane to burst forward. With Eriksen overlapping to his right, the England forward ignores the call to pass and shoots wide of Caballero's right-hand post.

Caballero saves comfortably from Son. Suggestions that De Bruyne may have strayed slightly offside before receiving the ball from Toure for the opening goal, but it looked a very tight decision indeed.

Tottenham rocking as Lloris is forced into an excellent low, right-handed save to deny Sterling.

After a Tottenham corner won by Son is dealt with, City get a chance to break and Toure strides forward with real purpose through the middle of the pitch before engineering a 3-on-2 situation with Aguero and De Bruyne.

Having drawn the defenders to the ball, he slips in De Bruyne who keeps his composure to slot the ball beyond Lloris for his third goal for his new club.

Lethal counter attacking.

Goal: Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City (Kevin de Bruyne)

Tottenham are enjoying a lot of possession but it is City that look more dangerous when they pour forward on the counter attack.

Aguero, who has 10 goals in just seven Premier League meetings against Tottenham, is denied by a good tackle from Alderweireld after more good work from De Bruyne and Sagna down the right-hand flank.

At the other end, Eriksen floats a cross towards Caballero's back post but the offside flag is raised. Quite a relentless pace in the opening 20 minutes of this match so far.

Lloris worked for the first time as Aguero faces up against Alderweireld before letting fly with a low shot towards the bottom corner.

Tottenham's shape is as you might expect, with midfield pair Dier and Alli sitting deeper to allow the trio of Lamela, Eriksen and Son to interchange positions behind Kane.

A chance for City as Sagna links up well with De Bruyne. His cross is deflected into the path of Toure on the edge of the box, but the Ivorian's snapshot is scuffed wide. Eric Dier also makes a block from Fernando.

With Fernandinho and Fernando holding, it looks like City are content to push Toure right up behind Aguero here with De Bruyne right and Sterling looking menacing down the left.

Nice football from Spurs as Alderweireld sweeps the ball out to Davies on the left and he provides a brilliant cross towards Lamela at the back post. Pochettino's side win a corner but it comes to nothing.

Demichelis fires a long ball towards compatriot Sergio Aguero, who knocks it down towards De Bruyne. The Belgian's dipping, right-footed shot from distance flies wide of the post.

A really sloppy clearance from Lloris falls to Sterling but the goalkeeper can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Clattenburg blows up for handball. His resulting shot was lashed high over the crossbar anyway.

BT are now reporting that Kompany has been replaced on the bench this afternoon by young defender George Evans. A worry for Pellegrini if his hamstring issue has not healed sufficiently.

A really youthful feel to City's replacement options with Patrick Roberts and Brandon Barker already there.

Early pressure from City as former Chelsea attacking midfielder De Bruyne, who already has two goals to his name since his £55m return to English football from Wolfsburg, wins a corner. Tottenham clear easily.

Referee Mark Clattenburg gives a short blast of his whistle and we are underway at White Hart Lane.

Kick-off is now under 15 minutes away. I think everyone is intrigued to see how this City backline will cope today, particularly if Kane is feeling increasingly confident after his improved showing in the north London derby.

City started this season in similar fashion to how they ended the last and extended their impressive run to 11 straight league victories before their 100% start was wrecked by goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho in a surprising 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

Such a defeat was their second on the bounce at home in all competitions after Pellegrini's side had gone 1-0 up on reigning Serie A champions Juventus in their Champions League opener only to end up losing 2-1 courtesy of Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic.

Normal service was resumed in the north east on Tuesday, though, with first-half efforts from Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, an own goal from Vito Mannone and Raheem Sterling securing a very comfortable 4-1 Capital One Cup success over lowly Sunderland. They face a home tie against Crystal Palace in round four.

Currently ninth in the Premier League with nine points from their opening six games, the hosts waited a month for their first top-flight victory of the 2015/16 season before beating both Sunderland and Crystal Palace in consecutive matches.

Son has made a quick impact following his £22m summer move from Bayer Leverkusen, netting a quickfire double in the Europa League Group J opener against FK Qarabag as well as the winner against Palace.

Harry Kane, who scored twice for England in their Euro 2016 qualifying double header against San Marino and Switzerland, is still yet to register a goal in domestic football this term but he looked sharp against Arsenal in midweek and was denied a wonderfully acrobatic finish only by the head of Kieran Gibbs.

Record signing Lamela has been improved of late and having Christian Eriksen back in the fold after a knee injury is certainly a bonus, although the decision to drop Chadli may still represent something of a gamble.

The prospect of Eric Dier and the undeniably talented but somewhat slight Alli going up against three powerful midfielders in Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho may also be a concern for supporters.

Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta are both back on the bench for City, although Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho remain out.

Tottenham are still missing Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb today. The former injured himself in the process of netting the winner against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago, while Bentaleb has an ankle problem. Mousa Dembele and Alex Pritchard complete a quartet of absences in midfield.

As for Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino makes eight changes to the side who were sunk by a rare Mathieu Flamini brace in the 2-1 defeat to fierce rivals Arsenal in midweek.

The usual back five is restored, with skipper Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies replacing Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Federico Fazio, Kevin Wimmer and Danny Rose.

Dele Alli returns in midfield in place of Tom Carroll, Erik Lamela is preferred to Nacer Chadli and popular new arrival Heung-Min Son starts ahead of Andros Townsend.

The headline teams news comes from the visitors as Manuel Pellegrini opts to retain Willy Caballero as his starting goalkeeper following the Capital One Cup third round victory over Sunderland and keeps Joe Hart on the bench for a Premier League match for the first time since January.

Elsewhere for the visitors, Fernandinho replaces Jesus Navas and David Silva remains sidelined with a calf problem. Captain Vincent Kompany is also listed among the substitutes, with Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi preferred at centre-back.

Manchester City: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Toure, Aguero

Subs: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Nasri, Navas, Roberts, Barker

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Alli, Dier, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Carroll, Chadli, Townsend, Clinton

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While England's titanic Pool A clash against old rivals Wales in the Rugby World Cup may take centre stage tonight, we still have a full Premier League fixture list to bring you between now and Monday evening.

We will provide details of all the action from Manchester United v Sunderland, Leicester v Arsenal, Liverpool v Aston Villa and Newcastle v Chelsea before the end of the day, but first stay tuned for breaking teams news, confirmed line-ups and prompt updates from White Hart Lane.