Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City (Lineups and Discuss)

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A mouth-watering tie awaits at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham host Manchester City (Watch live on NBCSN, 2:45pm ET and online via Live Extra) on Wednesday.

Spurs haven’t lost in six games since Tim Sherwood took charge permanently, with five wins out of six seeing the North Londoners right back in the hunt for a top four finish. They also want revenge after being embarrassed 6-0 by Man City at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

As for Man City, they’ve been in breathtaking form with goals flying in from everywhere and they are unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions, winning 17 of those. Fresh with the knowledge that a win away at Tottenham would send the top of the PL, City’s attackers will be eager to be even more clinical than they usually are.

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Tottenham have only lost once in their last 10 PL games, a 5-0 drubbing by Liverpool, and historically they get the better of City at the Lane, with seven wins and just one defeat in the last 10 meetings.

Under Sherwood Spurs are a sprightly attacking unit which lean on getting the ball forward early and letting their game-changers do the business, City will be wary of that but with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko in free-scoring form, you’d expect the Citizens to win.

In team news Tottenham are without wingers Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela through injury, while Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Sandro have missed out as their return to fitness continues. Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sugurdsson start on the flanks with Christian Eriksen the chief creator behind Emmanuel Adebayor up top.

For Man City, Alvaro Negredo is fit after overcoming a shoulder injury but is only on the bench as Aguero and Dzeko get the nod up front.

LINEUPS

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Capoue, Chadli, Holtby, Defoe, Soldado

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Kolarov, Negredo, Jovetic, Rodwell

CONCACAF: USMNT, Trinidad & Tobago seek first points of Hexagonal

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Through two rounds of play in the Hexagonal, everything has gone according to plan for Mexico and Costa Rica.

Not so much though for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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While Los Ticos and El Tri currently sit in the top two positions of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the U.S. is left at the bottom and faces a difficult match against Honduras when play resumes on Friday night.

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Mexico and Costa Rica will face off at the Estadio Azteca in the second of Friday’s three slated qualifiers, and while both nations surely expect to reach the World Cup in Russia, both CONCACAF heavyweights have the opportunity to put their stamp on the group.

For Costa Rica, a victory could potentially open up a five-point gap over El Tri, while a win for Mexico would bring Juan Carlos Osorio’s side the opportunity leap over their Central American foes.

Friday’s action will kick off at 7 p.m. though when third place Panama travels to Trinidad & Tobago, who seeks its first points of the Hex. Trinidad will be led by captain Kenwyne Jones of Atlanta United as well as Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, with the duo scoring a combined 39 international goals for the Soca Warriors.

Below is the schedule and current table ahead of Friday’s CONCACAF matches as the region turns its attention to Matchday 3 of the Hexagonal.


Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama — 7 p.m. ET

Mexico vs. Costa Rica — 9:50 p.m. ET

USMNT vs. Honduras — 10:30 p.m. ET (PREVIEW)


1. Costa Rica — 2-0-0 — 6 pts.
2. Mexico — 1-1-0 — 4 pts.
3. Panama — 1-1-0 — 4 pts.
4. Honduras — 1-0-1 — 3 pts.
5. Trinidad & Tobago — 0-0-2 — 0 pts.
6. USMNT — 0-0-2 — 0 pts.

Spurs allowed to play all home matches at Wembley next season

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Tottenham was granted the right to play all of its home matches at Wembley Stadium for the 2017/18 season, but the club must now make a decision whether or not to remain at White Hart Lane for another year.

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The club’s application was granted on Thursday by Brent Council’s planning committee, giving Spurs the option to move into Wembley next season for all 27 home Premier League fixtures.

Spurs must decide if it will go ahead with that move though by March 31.

Tottenham continues to play at White Hart Lane while its new stadium, located next door to its current venue, is being constructed. The current plan is that the new venue will be open ahead of the 2019/2020 campaign, but the club is said to be weighing all of its options in the event that it could be ready for the 2018/19 season.

Prosecutors question Beckenbauer in World Cup fraud case

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) Swiss authorities say prosecutors have questioned Germany soccer great Franz Beckenbauer in their ongoing World Cup fraud case.

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Criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee were opened in 2015. The four are suspected of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement, and misappropriation relating to a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) to FIFA in 2005.

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The Swiss attorney general’s office said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that federal prosecutors questioned Beckenbauer earlier in the day in Bern, adding that “Beckenbauer was cooperative.”

Beckenbauer’s home in Austria was raided last year for evidence on behalf of Swiss federal prosecutors investigating corruption linked to FIFA.

Report: Man City launching massive bid for AC Milan’s Donnarumma

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has quickly established himself as the best young goalkeeper in European soccer, and AC Milan won’t be letting the 18-year-old go without a pretty penny in return.

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According to Sky Sport Italia, Manchester City is preparing a massive bid in the range of $130 to $160 million to acquire the AC Milan shot-stopper as the English side’s goalkeeping situation is still unsettled.

The Citizens have failed to hunker down at the goalkeeper position this season despite spending big to bring in Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo, who has underperformed. Willy Caballero has also been shaky at times for the English giants, while on-loan keeper Joe Hart will almost certainly move on from the club over the summer.

Donnarumma is currently second in Serie A in saves (110), trailing only Crotone’s Alex Cordaz, who has stopped two more shots.

Since turning professional in 2015, Donnarumma has quickly enjoyed his rise through Italian football for both AC Milan and with the national team. After previously featuring for the Under-15, U-17 and U-21 sides, Donnarumma has established himself as the surefire replacement for Gianluigi Buffon once he retires from the international game.