As it happened: Early Mahrez strike proves decisive as City regain top spot 
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As it happened: Early Mahrez strike proves decisive as City regain top spot 

Riyad Mahrez's early strike proves enough for Pep Guardiola's men to take all three points from Wembley. Here's the action as it happened.

Josh Slinger
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Spurs remain in fifth and miss the chance to leapfrog rivals Arsenal into the top four, whilst City go back to top as Mahrez's early strike proves the decisive factor.
Guardiola's men showed a different side to what they have to offer as title challengers tonight. Everyone has seen their attractive, creative style of play, although tonight was about defending well and grinding out a result, especially in the latter stages which they did brilliantly. 
Pochettino and his men will be frustrated tonight, they had a few clear goalscoring chances in the game and could've easily taken at least a point from this game had they been better in front of goal. Recognition deserves to go to Sissoko, he was Spurs' best performer on the night. 
A huge relief for Guardiola's men at full-time, on a very difficult trip to London. The away side weren't at their best tonight, but winning ugly is crucial in the defence of a title.
Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City. 
95' Nothing comes of the corner as the ball is powered clear.
95' Corner for Spurs, last-gasp opportunity. 
90+2' A final change for City as goalscorer Mahrez is replaced by Jesus. 
90' There will be four additional minutes.
90' City still holding strong and remaining organised at the back. Spurs struggling to create any sort of goal-scoring opportunity.
88' Another substitution for City, and a defensive one as they look to hold on. David Silva is replaced by Kompany.
86' The Spurs faithful urge their side forward, although City deal with the pressure well and look to hold possession. 
82' Final change for Spurs, Lucas is replaced by Eriksen.
80' Spurs' best chance of the night. Alli picks Mahrez's pocket on the half-way line, before driving forward and picking out Lamela. The Argentine winger looks certain to score, however somehow fluffs his lines and blazes high over the bar - you don't get many chances better than that against this City outfit. 
78' With just over 10 minutes to play the visitors backline looks to be dropping further and further deeper. Guardiola looks nervous as his side seek to hang on to their narrow lead. 
75' Another change for Spurs, Alli returns from injury to join the game in place of Dembele. 
72' With de Bruyne now replacing Aguero, it looks as though David Silva will lead the line for the champions. 
71' A first change of the game for City, de Bruyne replaces Aguero. 
70' Spurs beginning to grow into the game again. The crowd getting behind the home side, could Guardiola's men be made to regret their missed chances?
67' First change of the game, as Dier is replaced by Winks in the Spurs midfield.
65' Chance for Aguero to wrap the game up, David Silva plays the ball through to Aguero, who finds himself one on one with Alderweireld, although shifts the ball onto his left foot before his weak effort is easily gathered by Lloris. 
63' Tottenham struggling to create thus far this half. Movement of the front-line seems lower than in the first 45, and playing out from the back simply isn't working.
61' Fernandinho the next player in the book, this time Fernandinho for his foul on Lucas as the Brazilian looked to counter.
55' Not sure how the ball has stayed out there. Mahrez playing a phenomenally timed through-ball to Bernardo, who expertly picks out David Silva, before the Spaniard looks to have a tap-in before opting to pick out Sterling, whose shot was somehow blocked. Frustration for Guardiola who knows his side could've put the game to bed there.  
53' Laporte goes into the book for a foul on Sissoko, who was powering forward towards to City goal.
52' Kane again finds himself on the end of a through-ball, however, this time is marginally caught offside. A worry for Guardiola due to the space Kane continues to find himself in, even if narrowly offside. 
50' David Silva's free-kick is fired straight into the wall before his follow up effort is again blocked - the giant Spurs wall working well.
49' An extremely poor goal-kick from Lloris finds Aguero 25 yards, out who is brought down on the edge of the box. City free-kick in a dangerous position. 
46' We're underway in the second half.
Guardiola will be warning his men of the threat that Spurs still have, especially being the home side. The Lily Whites could be ahead here had they brought their shooting boots to the first 45. 
City will feel as though they deservedly leave, having clearly created more than the home side. Although, Spurs have wasted a couple of golden opportunities going forward.
Half-time: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City.
45' There will be an additional two minutes.
45' Lucas is booked for a dive after he breaks down the left, cuts in and looks to win a free-kick off Fernandinho. 
40' Mendy, who has been poor thus far, is dispossessed by Trippier, who plays a ball into the area which is headed away. Lucas picks up the ball about 35 yards from goal and is needlessly fouled by Walker.
37' David Silva tries his luck from range after City pass through the Spurs midfield with ease, although the Spaniard's effort results in a comfortable save for Lloris. 
35' Ederson's brave effort to deny Kane sees him take a whack from the English forward, however, following treatment is able to continue. 
34' Superb chance for Kane as Lamela latches onto Laporte's poor headed clearance and plays a first time ball through to Kane, who's touch is poor allowing Ederson to gobble up the ball. 
29' A brilliant save from Lloris to deny Mahrez his second of the game! David Silva picks Mahrez out just inside the box before the Algerian opts to go outside onto his weaker right foot and fire at Lloris' near post - the Frenchman is up to the challenge and tips the ball around the post with a strong right palm. 
27' The home side really starting to grow back into the game now, the crowd is up and Pochettino's men are beginning to gain more possession - Guardiola's men need to weather the storm. 
23' Spurs' best chance of the game so far is asted by Sissoko. The Frenchman found himself in achers of space following the poor positions of Mendy, although appears to get caught in multiple minds, not knowing which pass to play. 
16' The away side really starting to dominate the game now, this time the ball falls to Bernardo following a slick passing move, although the Portuguese winger is only able to win a corner from the tight angle. 
15' Boos from the City following as Dembele collides with Sterling off the ball, the champions feel as though there may have been something in that; nothing given. 
10' Another chance for Spurs as Trippier's corner finds the head of Alderweireld, who's unable to guide his header anywhere other than into the grateful palms of Ederson. 
9' Kane looks to make amends for Spurs also immediately, Alli playing a ball through the City midfield, before the Lily Whites' number 10 looks to drill the ball past Ederson - narrowly firing over the bar. A lively start to this one. 
6' Mahrez points to the sky, dedicating his goal celebration to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester City when Mahrez shone in their 2016 title victory.
6' Pochettino will be very disappointed by the manner of the goal conceded.

Ederson pumping a long ball upfield, which Trippier fails to deal with, allowing Sterling in behind who does brilliantly to pick out Mahrez to give City the lead.

GOAL! City take an early lead! 0-1 
4' City's gameplan clear early into this one - look to dominate possession and stretch the Spurs backline. Guardiola's men patient with their buildup in the early stages.
Wembley far from a sellout tonight, with the top ring of the stadium less than half full. The pitch also as bad as I've seen in a Premier League game for a long time. 
We're now underway at Wembley!
Everyone at Wembley will now take part in a minute silence, following the tragic death of Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Lloris will lead Spurs out, he's been poor this season and can expect to be busy tonight - a chance to make amends. 
The players are in the tunnel and ready for kick-off under the lights at Wembley
As for Spurs, a boost as Dele Alli returns to the bench. Lamela starts on the right, he has been directly involved in four goals in five league appearances this season. 
As expected by many, Kevin de Bruyne will have to wait for his first Premier League start of the season, as the woeful looking Wembley surface acts as the most likely factor as t why the Belgian isn't risked. 
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling; Aguero
Spurs XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Lamela, Lucas; Kane.
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Due to recent form and the way that their seasons have gone so far in the Premier League, both sides should be confident going into this one, in what could be described as a 'six-pointer,' and is also the last and most excitable fixture of this weekend. 
Last season, City won both encounters between the two sides, firstly overcoming Pochettino's men 4-1 at the Etihad, before a convincing 3-1 win at Wembley on the weekend they were crowned champions of England. 
Guardiola's men will have only one thing on their mind ahead of tonight's game - coming back from London with three points to go back top of the league. City have won five of their last six trips to London, ensuring they will be confident ahead of this one. 
Spurs have only beaten the visitors four times in the last 15 attempts, possibly raising cause for concern ahead of this one. Although should Spurs find a route to victory tonight, there is no reason why they can't describe themselves as early title contenders, being in the thick of the action after 10 games.
Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Mendy; Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Sane, Aguero.
Tottenham Hotspur predicted XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Lucas, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
As for the home side, Dele Alli could return to first-team action, whilst Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are both still sidelined. 
Whilst question marks have been raised over de Bruyne, what we do know is that the Blues will be without Danilo, Ilkay Gundogan, Fabian Delph and Claudio Bravo as the game has come too soon for them to recover from injury.
Ahead of this one, it was expected that Kevin de Bruyne would make his first Premier League start of the season, although question marks have now been raised due to the state of the pitch potentially aggravating his injury - I’ll provide updates on this closer to kick off. 
City boss Pep Guardiola was then also questioned about the playing surface. "It is what it is. I am sure Tottenham have a good groundsman. HopefullyTottenham can finish their stadium as quickly as possible, but it is not necessary to complain. We have to adapt"
Mauricio Pochettino was asked about his opinion on the pitch, and how it could affect the game. "It wasn't the plan but we need to accept the reality, we hope that the weather will be good and not kill the pitch and we can play in a very good condition.”
One of the main talking points ahead of this one is surrounding the state of the pitch. The already highly criticised surface hosted an NFL game last night, only resulting in it becoming more worn, something both sides will be keeping a close eye on. 
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