FT: Tottenham 3 Manchester City 1

The final whistle goes and Tottenham have beaten Man City 3-1 after a thrilling late fightback which boosts their hopes of a top-four finish. The result also means that Manchester United can win the title by beating Aston Villa tomorrow night. Thanks for following the game, and stay with us for all the reaction.

City are still fighting but Tottenham's need is greater and Walker gets back quickly to make an important tackle on Kolarov.

City make their final change of the afternoon, bringing on Lescott for Clichy.

City win a free-kick in a threatening central position 20 yards from goal, but Kolarov's effort curls narrowly wide of Lloris' right-hand post.

Toure sends a hopeful long shot sailing over Lloris' crossbar and into the stands.

Spurs can afford to sit back now and protect their two-goal advantage with just a few minutes remaining, allowing City possession in areas that are not really too dangerous.

City respond by bringing on Sinclair for Dzeko for the closing stages, although it is Tottenham who continue to look the better team.

Tottenham are on fire all of a sudden and it is now the turn of their talisman to get on the score sheet as Bale sprints away from his defender to latch on to Huddleston's pass and dink a classy finish over the onrushing Hart. That is surely game over now.

GOAL! Bale

Tottenham just need to keep their nerve now and they will secure a vital victory which could provide the springboard for a top-four finish.

This game has turned around in a flash, as Defoe fires Tottenham into a 2-1 lead with just over ten minutes remaining. He is given too much space to run at the City defence and is then allowed to get the ball on his right foot, curling a fabulous finish past Hart and into the far corner.

GOAL! Defoe

That goal has set up a thrilling finale and White Hart Lane is really rocking now.

Dempsey draws Tottenham level with a simple finish at the back post from a sublime Bale cross. Walker had set up the chance with a sensible pass out to Bale and the Welsh star, who has been quiet all afternoon, made his first significant contribution with a terrific delivery along the ground with the outside of his boot.

GOAL! Dempsey

Lloris comes darting through a crowded area to punch away a cross and get good distance on his clearance.

Hart is called into action to make a routine stop from Dempsey's 25-yard strike, when perhaps a pass would have been the better option.

A huge cheer erupts as Defoe is brought on in place of Adebayor, who has had a quiet game to put it mildly.

Tottenham are starting to build up a head of steam here and forcing Man city on to the back foot, but time is against them with just 20 minutes left to play now.

Dempsey appeals for a penalty after going down in the area under pressure from a couple of defenders, depriving him of the chance to get on the end of Assou-Ekotto's low cross. The referee is having none of it, though, and waves play on.

Dembele has been given more freedom to get forward since the double change and shows his skill and speed with a couple of threatening dribbles, but he is reluctant to shoot.

Huddlestone's exuberance gets the better of him as he clumsily brings down Toure in midfield and is given a yellow card.

Tevez lets fly with a fierce shot from 25 yards which arrows just high and wide of Lloris' goal.

Dawson nearly picks out Dempsey with an ambitious long ball, but the American cannot quite stretch out a leg to reach the ball.

Toure tries his luck with an early shot which forces Lloris into action as Man City threaten on the counter-attack.

Villas-Boas makes a double change but there is still no sign of Defoe. Instead, it is Holtby and Huddlestone who come on for Sigurdsson and Parker.

Bale steps up and strikes the free-kick but he is just a bit out of sorts today and his shot, despite swerving wickedly one away and then the other, flies horribly wide.

Parker wins a free-kick just outside the area after some clever play, as he just gets in front of Clichy and draws a foul from the City left-back.

The onus is on Spurs to make the running here but City's defensive discipline will be difficult to break down, especially with Clichy and Kolarov matching up well against Walker and Bale.

Nasri and Dzeko both have the chance to play a penetrating pass as City press forward, but each one goes astray.

Walker pings out a splendid cross-field pass to Sigurdsson on the left wing, but Zabaleta is equal to the task and keeps the pressure on his man to help City retrieve possession.

Tottenham have begun the second half with plenty of urgency but will be getting frustrated by the stop-start nature of the game at the moment as a number of free-kicks are given for fouls in midfield.

Assou-Ekotto dives in on Zabaleta with a wild-two-footed challenge and is promptly issued a yellow card.

Bale was drifting around all over the place in the first half trying to get into the game and he has started off on the right wing after the interval.

Tottenham's fans are unhappy but there have been no changes from Villas-Boas at half-time. City have made an enforced substitution, with Kolarov coming on for the injured Milner, as the second period begins.

Gino says: "Why are we suprised that Spurs are losing to a far superior team? Most of our players are so out of form that they wouldnt get into a Third division side right now. Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor, Assou-Ekotto to name just a few are a shadow of the players they have been and could be. As for our Coach/manager AVB does he actually have a clue what he is doing? If we get anything out of this game I will be suprised and delighted."

Tony writes: "Can anyone let me know why AVB chooses to play with 10 men? Adebayor has been useless since signing his contract. Bring on Defoe early or this game is gone."

The half-time whistle goes and Man City are good value for their 1-0 lead, given to them in the fifth minute by Nasri after a well-worked move. Spurs have had a couple of decent moments but no real sustained pressure, and City look like adding to their lead whenever they attack.

Adebayor is just unable to finish off a cross and Sigurdsson's shot is blocked by Zabaleta on the follow-up, with the flag already up for offside.

Tottenham win a corner of their own and Dempsey rises highest in the area. He connects forcefully with the header but directs it off target, and that is a great chance that has gone begging.

City win a couple of corners in quick succession and Barry's crosses cause problems in the Spurs area, but Lloris comes to the rescue with a decent stop to keep out Tevez's header.

Dzeko finds himself with a yard of space to get away a shot from the edge of the area before he is challenged by Dawson, but his early strike is well held down to his right by a diving Lloris.

Tottenham again try to get Walker in on goal and he has the beating of Clichy, but is just unable to control a difficult pass and City survive.

Spurs win a free-kick 40 yards from goal on the left-hand side and Bale fails to beat the defensive wall with a poor set-piece.

Adebayor has not had any service yet this afternoon but it has to be said that his movement has not been great either and his team-mates have not had an opportunity to play him in.

There are appeals for a penalty, from the Tottenham fans at least, as Dawson's header in the area bounces against Barry's hand, but the officials allow play to continue and that certainly did not look deliberate.

Bale will have found the opening half hour especially frustrating as he remains on the fringes of the main action, and his latest contribution is seeing a cross charged down.

There have been some great moments in possession from City, with Tevez and Nasri linking up particularly well, but they also working hard when they do not have the ball to disrupt any Tottenham attack.

Tevez delightfully plays in Nasri with a cushioned first-time pass and the Frenchman takes it well to skip past his first defender. Lloris is out sharply, however, and Nasri has to try and poke the ball quickly through on goal and sees it trickle narrowly wide.

Dzeko lets fly with a shot from 20 yards which takes a deflection and goes behind for a Man City corner, which comes to nothing.

City enjoy a good spell of possession in midfield to just take the sting out of the game following a bright few minutes for Tottenham.

Parker demonstrates his determination as he shrugs off a couple of challenges on the right wing, but City have covering defenders and Zabaleta steps in with a crucial block.

Walker has looked Tottenham's most potent weapon so far this afternoon and he is released one-on-one with Hart following another surge forward, but it is a tight angle and he just takes too long to pull the trigger, allowing the City keeper to rush quickly off his line and make a fine save.

City fail to make the most of the free-kick 20 yards from goal and Tottenham break quickly, with Walker showing good pace again before delivering a dangerous cross which just drifts beyond his team-mates in the centre.

Dawson is cautioned following a poor tackle on Dzeko which sees him come right through the back of the Bosnian's ankle.

It has been a bit frantic so far from Tottenham but their build-up play is more patient on this occasion, before Walker's attempted cross is intercepted by Clichy.

Parker finds himself in a decent position as he carries the ball from midfield, but he cannot pick ot the right pass and the ball ricochets back to Hart.

Zabaleta and Tevez are on different wavelengths as the City right-back launches a long ball forward into Spurs territory but his compatriot had held his ground to receive the pass in midfield.

Spurs are struggling to find any fluency at all at the moment and have not been able to get Bale into any promising areas.

Toure becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card and it is for dissent after he concedes a free-kick and then boots the ball away.

Spurs had begun brightly for a few minutes but it is City who are in full flow now and they look dangerous every time they push forward.

Nasri almost goes from hero to villain as he attempts a challenge on Walker but gets it all wrong and catches his opponent on the shin with a high foot, but referee Lee Mason keeps his cards in his pocket.

The White Hart Lane faithful have been stunned by that City goal and it nearly gets worse for the home side as the defence, all at sea, is torn apart by another flowing move before the ball bobbles out of play.

Tevez does brilliantly down the right wing to twist and turn away from a couple of defenders and then play in Milner, who cuts the ball back to Nasri 12 yards from goal and the Frenchman steers a well-controlled shot past covering defender Walker and inside the post to give City an early 1-0 lead.

GOAL! Nasri

Walker drives past Clichy on a fine run before sending over a cross which is beaten away by Hart at his near post.

Tottenham are setting a fast pace at the start here and Kompany has to dive in with a well-timed tackle to halt one move, before Bale tries his luck with a long-range shot which uncharacteristically lacks power and does not trouble Hart.

Man City look to attack down the right wing but Zabaleta is dispossessed by Vertonghen and the Belgian delivers a long ball forward which does not catch the visitors out but does get the crowd going.

Tottenham get us started at White Hart Lane, for what promises to be a thrilling game between two top sides.

Lloyd says: "I predict a 2-2 draw today with Man Utd beating Villa tommorow and finally clinching the title next Sunday at the Emirates and van Persie winning the title on his old stomping ground."

Sky Bet find it impossible to split these two and offer 17/10 for the win for both with the draw at 23/10. Gareth Bale makes an eagerly anticipated return for Spurs and we offer 28/1 for him to score first in either a 1-0 or 3-1 win. He is 9/2 to score the opening goal and 6/1 to bag a brace. For City it's 6/1 for Carlos Tevez to net the opener or 8/1 for Edin Dzeko to do likewise.

Chris Green says: "Good afternoon everyone! I hope this match produces lots of goals because I've been looking forward to this one all week. Manchester City still have a slight chance of catching United but I see those hopes being ended today if Tottenham produce the goods today. Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Man City."

Joseph says: "Hoping it will be a great game, tackles flying in and all sorts. But as I'm a Man Utd fan i will be hoping the result will go in our direction, final score 2-1 to Spurs!!!"

Daz writes: "Today is do or die for us Spurs fans, let's hope Ade has the game of his life and the WHL crowd are rocking today."

There may not be the same sort of pressure on Manchester City as Tottenham but they appear to be thriving on that release and have been in ominously good form over the past few weeks. As well as making it through to an FA Cup final against Wigan, City have won three league games in a row to cement second place. A defeat today would leave City 13 points behind Manchester United with just five games left to play, giving the Red Devils an opportunity to clinch the title against Aston Villa tomorrow night. However, City will be in no mood to relinquish their crown just yet and will be keen to make life as nervy as possible for their rivals.

Tottenham will be hoping to gain revenge for that 5-1 home defeat last season, as well as a 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium earlier this term, but most importantly they will want to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Spurs are currently fifth, three points behind a Chelsea side who face Liverpool later this afternoon. Five points separate Tottenham and Arsenal, who have developed a consistency of late that will be infuriating for Spurs fans, but Andre Villas-Boas' men do have two games in hand on their North London rivals.

The big team news for Tottenham is that Gareth Bale is fit to start following an ankle injury, while Jermain Defoe is named among the substitutes and Aaron Lennon misses out on a place in the squad. There is no Sergio Aguero or David Silva for Manchester City, with Edin Dzeko set to lead the line at the ground where he scored four times in a 5-1 victory at the start of last season.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dempsey, Dembele, Parker, Sigurdsson; Bale, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Holtby, Huddlestone, Livermore, Defoe.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero.

Scott from Bellshill is the first to get in touch, saying: "I am hoping Bale comes back in with a bang and Spurs win 3-1."

We are about an hour away from kick-off now, so please get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Can Tottenham emerge triumphant on home soil or will in-form Man City prove too strong? The full team news will be in shortly but what do you see as the key battles today?

Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane. It is a huge clash for Spurs as they continue to fight for a top-four finish, and while there is still a glimmer of hope in the title race Manchester City will be determined to keep the pressure on leaders Manchester United.

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