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talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK looks ahead to Friday’s FA Cup clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City…

⚪ TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v MANCHESTER CITY 🔵
Friday, 8pm

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Eight-time winners Tottenham take on defending champions Manchester City in the tie of the fourth round in what looks certain to be a Friday night thriller under the lights in North London.

Trophy-starved Tottenham fans know this is their team’s best chance of quenching their thirst for silverware and I’m expecting manager Ange Postecoglu to name a strong side after having his fingers burnt when being sent crashing out of the League Cup by Fulham after fielding a weakened team.

City boss Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his love for the world’s most famous domestic knockout competition, and will not want to relinquish his grip on the trophy at this early stage of proceedings. He may also see this game as an opportunity to get vital minutes in the legs of fit-again Kevin de Bruyne, which could be ominous for the home side.

The visitors’ impressive record of 21 FA Cup games without defeat away from Wembley also makes it dangerous tip up a home victory, but Spurs have become Guardiola’s bogey side, especially in front of their own fans.

With influential defender John Stones and Manuel Akanji and goal machine Erling Haaland all unavailable Tottenham to win in 90 minutes at 7/2 with starsports.bet could be looking very generous come the final whistle.

The one thing this game should guarantee is plenty of goals as between them Spurs and City have scored 92 times in the Premier League this season, with the host already surpassing their tally for the whole of the last campaign. They also played out an incredible Premier League 3-3 draw at the Etihad as recently as last month.

Only one of City’s matches since being crowned club World champions has featured fewer than four goals so even though the visitors have bizarrely never managed to find the net at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with all five previous visits ending in defeat, over 3.5 goals in the game at 11/10 with starsports.bet looks tempting.

Spurs, who have not lifted the cup since 1991 and welcome key playmaker James Maddison back from injury, have also made a habit of being fast starters in games this season so Tottenham to be winning at half-time at 10/3 with starsports.bet seems too big a price to ignore.

ALEX CROOK

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