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Sweet Sixteen: Man City clobbers Spurs

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  • Gundogan opens scoring off corner
  • De Bruyne rips insurance goal off Lloris
  • Sterling salts it away (x2)
  • City’s PL record win streak reaches 16

Manchester City wasn’t at its best, but still waltzed past Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Raheem Sterling (two) scored for Man City, which also missed a penalty kick in the win. City moves 14 points clear of second placed Manchester United and Chelsea.

It could’ve been worse, as awful tackles from Harry Kane and Dele Alli were somehow not given as straight red card. Spurs finish the day seventh, two points behind fourth placed Arsenal. Christian Eriksen scored Spurs lone goal in the third minute of stoppage.

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Everything Pep Guardiola touches turns to gold, and starting Gundogan looked a stroke of genius when he took advantage of poor marking from Dele Alli to head a Leroy Sane corner kick home.

Hugo Lloris stymied Sergio Aguero on a 24th minute shot, and Raheem Sterling worked Kieran Trippier but failed to beat the keeper on the rebound.

Aguero dragged a 33rd minute shot wide of the far post as City kept pushing for an insurance goal.

Invisible for most of the first half hour, Kane came close to tying it up with a curling shot in the 35th.

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Kane was fortunate not to be sent off for a studs up tackle into the leg of Sterling early in the second half.

The English striker forced Ederson into a 55th minute save and Spurs had a corner.

Not to be outdone, Dele should’ve been sent off for a stamp on Kevin De Bruyne in the 68th. He saw yellow.

The Belgian got his revenge within moments, played down the left wing and lashing a shot off Lloris and into the goal.

De Bruyne was then scythed down for a penalty, but Gabriel Jesus‘ short run-up clattered off the post and Sterling mailed the rebound over the gaping cage.

The third goal came via Sterling at the back post, as Spurs had no answers for the PL leaders, and Sterling’s second came off an awful gaffe from Spurs at the back.

Harry Kane: Tottenham “on fire” after big win v. Stoke

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Harry Kane got back on track on Saturday as he scored twice in Tottenham’s emphatic 5-1 home win against Stoke City.

Kane took his tally to 19 for the season for Spurs in all competitions and the Englishman also missed a glorious chance in the first half which would’ve seen him score his seventh Tottenham hat trick of 2017.

Still, not a bad afternoons work…

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Kane revealed that Spurs are flying high ahead of a busy festive season which sees them host Brighton on Wednesday and then head to Manchester City.

“That was what we needed, we had to get the first goal, we did that and that was it, we were on fire from there,” Kane said. “It’s strange, over the last couple of years we struggled against Stoke, but coming off a few bad results we were always going to be up for it. Son was very good. He got the first goal and it was a great finish for the second, that set us on our way and got everyone firing. We look forward to the busy period now.”

Although Kane said Spurs have struggled against Stoke the past few years, he may have forgot they’ve now won by a four-goal margin on each of their last four games against the Potters.

He got it spot on about Heung-Min Son. With the South Korean having a cross deflected in off Ryan Shawcross for Spurs’ first goal, he then scored the second and set up Christian Eriksen for Tottenham’s fifth.

All of Spurs’ attacking weapons were red-hot on Saturday but this time next week they have a much tougher test: league leaders Man City away with Tottenham 15 points behind City.

A five-goal haul and a dominant win will do Tottenham’s confidence the world of good heading into a massive week, especially after they went four games without a win in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s title hopes haven’t exactly been reignited but Mauricio Pochettino‘s men proved that they won’t just be settling for a top four finish this season.

Premier League preview: Tottenham vs. Stoke City

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  • Stoke City defender Bruno Martins Indi could be out for up to eight weeks after suffering a groin injury against Swansea City. Geoff Cameron (concussion) is available again but Jese Rodriguez will not travel to London because of personal reasons.
  • Tottenham Hotspur will be without the suspended Davinson Sanchez, while Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are injured.
  • Tottenham Hotspur has won each of its last three Premier League matches against Stoke City all by a 4-0 scoreline, no side in top-flight history has won four consecutive matches by four or more goals. Tottenham has lost only one of its last seven home matches against Stoke City.

Tottenham is looking to snap out of a four-game winless skid in the Premier League when it hosts Stoke City Saturday at Wembley Stadium. (Watch live at 10:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side hasn’t won in league action since the start of November, with the recent slide beginning with the 2-0 London Derby defeat to Arsenal. At the same time, Tottenham has been superb in the UEFA Champopns League, finishing atop the group after a 3-0 win over APOEL last Wednesday.

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Stoke City on the other hand is coming off its first win in five games with a 2-1 result over Swansea City last weekend. American centerback Geoff Cameron is also back in action for the Potters, which is a big lift ahead of a massive road game. Three points for Stoke City puts them into the top 10 of the Premier League.

What they’re saying

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino on defensive options after losing Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez: “We finished at Watford with Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen (in central defence) and then we have Juan Foyth and different options. Ben Davies can play like a centre-back, Serge Aurier can play like a centre-back, he played there before for Paris St. Germain in that position, so we have plenty of options to use. I’m not concerned.”

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on playing Tottenham at Wembley Stadium: “There is a perception that they haven’t done too well at Wembley, but they demolished Real Madrid not too long ago. Teams are setting their stall out this year against them and that has affected them. Whenever we went up against them we always thought it was the toughest game for us – for whatever reason they always cause us problems. We will be looking to address that, so we have to be better and be tougher to beat than we have done in the past. Some of the players from those previous matches aren’t with us anymore, we have a different make up of the squad now, we shape up differently, so those previous results won’t affect us this weekend. We just need to try and affect the game in a positive manner. A number of the guys have played at Wembley before and others haven’t but we are emphasizing the fact that it is a Premier league game. I will leave the guys to decide how they approach it, as long as they aren’t out there with cameras taking photos and the like, I will leave them to deal with it how they see fit.”

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Prediction: Tottenham will break its four-game slide with a powerful performance. Harry Kane and Christen Eriksen return to their best form, and Spurs leaves with a 3-1 win, despite some defensive worries. Stoke City misses a chance to move into the top 10. Tottenham 3-1 Stoke City

Watford 1-1 Tottenham: Spurs slide continues

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  • Kabasele gives hosts lead
  • Son levels
  • Sanchez sent off in 53′

Christian Kabasele and Heung-Min Son traded first half goals as Tottenham Hotspur’s struggles continued with a 1-1 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Spurs are now winless in four, and sit sixth with 25 points.

Watford remains in eighth with 22 points.

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Kabasele rose above Harry Kane to nod home a Tom Cleverley corner, and Watford had a quick lead.

Son was set-up for the equalizer by Christian Eriksen, a cross hammered home by the South Korean attacker.

Cleverley saw yellow for cutting down Dele Alli, which nearly had Eriksen putting Spurs ahead via a free kick.

Spurs saw Sanchez sent off in the 52nd minute, straight red from Martin Atkinson for an elbow to the face of Richarlison.

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Spurs duo Kane, Winks out for England’s upcoming friendlies

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The Three Lions are already down one Tottenham star heading into their upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, but Gareth Southgate will have to adapt without two more Spurs players.

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Harry Kane and Harry Winks have both been ruled out for the matches after picking up slight injuries during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Tottenham won’t run the risk of Kane re-injuring himself, after previously having a hamstring problem, while Winks suffered an ankle injury against Palace.

The Spurs players join Dele Alli as contributors that won’t be at Southgate’s disposal, which has prompted the England manager to call up West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore.

Additionally, Southgate is waiting on the status of Gary Cahill and Jordan Henderson — both of whom are looking to gain fitness ahead of England’s important fixtures.