Haaland's Return: Manchester City Faces a Tough Test Against Tottenham

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The attention tomorrow, Friday, turns to the English capital, London, where the defending champion Manchester City will be a guest at Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup, while Chelsea plays at home against Aston Villa, currently ranked fourth in the Premier League.

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Manchester City faces a tough test to continue their title defense against a team trailing them in the Premier League by only 3 points. City was not successful in their last visit to Tottenham, losing 1-0 in February 2023 in the Premier League, while they drew this season 3-3 at Manchester City's home on December 3.

The encounter promises excitement despite Tottenham missing their star player, South Korean Heung-Min Son, currently participating in the Asian Cup in Qatar. Manchester City enters the match with 6 consecutive victories and a streak of 9 games without defeat since their loss to Aston Villa 1-0 in early December.

Pep Guardiola's team occupies the second position in the league, 5 points behind the leader Liverpool with a game in hand. Meanwhile, Tottenham is in fifth place, trailing City by three points.

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If Tottenham lacks Son, Manchester City has been playing without their Norwegian striker Erling Haaland since the defeat against Aston Villa in December due to a foot injury. Haaland, who scored 19 goals in 22 matches this season in all competitions, is expected to make a comeback after joining training recently.

In addition to the Tottenham vs. Manchester City clash, Chelsea will face Aston Villa in another intriguing fourth-round match, aiming to keep their season alive. Chelsea enters the game with high morale after a resounding 6-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

In other notable matches, Manchester United plays on Sunday against Newport County from the fourth tier, Newcastle faces Fulham, and Everton takes on Luton Town.