Manchester City take on Tottenham at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, desperate for a win to keep them within touching distance of Manchester United, and put the pressure on Chelsea.

Roberto Mancini has endured a tough week, first drawing 0-0 with West Ham, and then the 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday – a result that has put them on the brink of elimination from Europe.

Tottenham recovered from their worst performance of the season so far, the 1-0 loss at home to Wigan, by beating Maribor in the Europa League courtesy of a Jermain Defoe hat trick.

Emmanuel Adebayor could partner Defoe, desperate to impress against his former club, with Andre Villas-Boas knowing a win will take them just two points behind their hosts.

Defender Joleon Lescott (back) and midfielder James Milner (hamstring) have become the latest additions to Manchester City’s injury list, with both missing the last two games.

Moussa Dembele (hip), Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are unavailable for Tottenham, with Villas-Boas once again facing a selection headache over Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel.

Prediction: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham

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