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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

8th April 2019, 18:18 by Tom McGarry

Tottenham and Manchester City will meet in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie in North London on Tuesday.

The all-Premier League showdown will be the first European match Spurs have played at their new stadium and they will be looking to maintain their 100% record at the venue after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 last time out.

That victory was just Spurs' second in seven games across all competitions and the Champions League is now the only chance Mauricio Pochettino's side have of winning some silverware this season.

It is only the second time Spurs have made it through to the last eight of Europe's premier club competition, following on from their 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in 2011, while it will also be the first time they have met English opposition in a European match since they lost to Liverpool in the UEFA Cup back in 1973.

Spurs have no fresh injury concerns heading into the match and Fernando Llorente could feature after recovering from a concussion, although Eric Dier and Erik Lamela remain sidelined and Serge Aurier is unlikely to recover in time from a hamstring problem.

City will head into the match still dreaming of the quadruple after they reached the FA Cup final by beating Brighton 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool last season and they have only once before made it through to the last four.

The Citizens do have an impressive recent record against Spurs, winning 11 of the last 16 meetings between the two sides and they could be boosted by the return of leading scorer Sergio Aguero, who has missed their last two games with a muscle issue.

Kyle Walker is also expected to be available despite suffering a slight hamstring strain against Brighton.

This will be the first of three meetings between the two sides in the space of 11 days, with next week's return leg at the Etihad Stadium set to be followed by a crunch domestic clash at the same venue three days later.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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