Last Updated: 22/01/12 3:26pm
What an ending to the game! Spurs were within millimetres of winning it through Defoe and it proved costly as King clearly fouled Balotelli who tucked home what could be a crucial penalty in the race for the Premier League title.
We have that late twist as Balotelli battles with King for a hopeful punt to the edge of the box and he is fouled inside the area after the ball is allowed to bounce - referee Webb has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
We'll have a minimum of four minutes added time and Spurs almost nick it when Bale streaks clear down the left and delivers a brilliant low cross which Defoe meets at the far post, but at full stretch he puts it wide.
Balotelli again tries an optimistic shot from the edge of the box and it loops up with Friedel able to catch it under pressure from Silva.
Nasri crosses to the near post with the outside of his feet. Silva and Kaboul contest it with a free kick awarded for a high boot by the City player.
You would hope it was not deliberate and there is genuine concern by Balotelli as Parker gets treatment.
Balotelli tries a shot from 20 yards that is blocked by Parker who is then caught by the striker's foot.
Bale delivers a superb cross which Clichy heads over his own bar for a corner with Defoe ready to pounce. The corner breaks to Bale who has a shot blocked and it breaks to Lennon who beats two tackles but his shot is tame and Hart makes an easy save at his near post.
Lennon breaks down the left and his low cross is cleared by savic at the near post for a corner. They play it shot but Modric's cross is charged down.
Milner's clever pass releases Richards in the box but Parker makes a great tackle at the expense of a corner which Friedel safely gathers.
Nasri's corner is headed clear by kaboul, but out for another flag kick. Nasri again but this time Bale gets it away.
What an amazing passage of play and what a goal by Bale. He's been quiet so far, but that was sheer class.
GOAL! Lennon cuts inside Richards and pays the ball to Bale who hits it first time on the edge of the box and he bends a delightful shot into the top corner.
Another City corner which Richards meet but Spurs this time get it clear with City about to make a change.
GOAL! Long ball forward by Kaboul is misjudged by Savic who can only flick it on. Defoe pounces and takes it past Hart before rolling it into an empty net.
Spurs try to respond and Van der Vaart goes down in the box after a tussle with Lescott but no penalty.
The first real moment of quality in the match brings the opening goal - great finish from the former Arsenal man but it was all down to the pass from Silva ... superb!
GOAL! Silva bursts forward from the halfway line and plays a precision pass through to Nasri who blasts the ball past the advancing Friedel.
Good move by Spurs sees Modrci pull the ball to Bale who slips as he is about to hit it 15 yards out and City scramble it clear.
End-to-end stuff with Spurs playing a short corner and it goes to Bale on the edge of the box but his shot is blocked.
Barry lifts the ball over the top for Dzeko who plays it wide for the overlapping Clichy but his cross is deep and no City player is waiting.
Spurs clear teh corner and break downfield with Defoe who holds it up and lays it back for Van der vaart who blasts over from 25 yards.
Silva jinks his way into the box and twice you think Spurs are going to clear but the midfielder keeps going. It breaks to Dzeko whose cross is plamed clear by Friedel. Richards picks it up and his low cross is blocked by Assou-Ekotto with penalty appeals for handball waved away.
Assou-Ekotto gives the ball away to Nasri but his pass intended for Aguero goes out for a goalkick as Kaboul limps back to his position.
Spurs fan Neil Fox says: "A very tight game. Just hope we hold the ball better in the final 3rd, Defoe is struggling a bit IMO as the lone striker. Bale needs to stop covering all the pitch and concentrate on running at the City defence rather than tricks and VDV needs to help Defoe out more rather than coming so deep!! All in all a very close and nervous encounter ..."
Referee Webb blows for half-time without adding any time. A cagey 45 minutes lacking in clear chances, although the better ones have fallen the way of City. It looks as though both sides are more scared of losing than trying to grab the game by the scuff of the neck and winning it. We can only hope that changes when the second half gets going.
Strong challenge by Parker on Richards sends the City defender to the floor, but no free kick to the disgust of the home fans.
Great work by Nasri sees him glide past two would-be tacklers and play the ball to Dzeko. It looks as though he will lose the ball but sghows great strength to hold off two defenders but after a neat spin he blazes the bal over.
Defeoe loses the ball and City break quickly, but Dzeko's ball to the overlapping Clichy is too strong and Spurs clear for a corner.
Scrappy period of play with referee Webb awarding several free kicks that appeared soft at best and are not helping the flow of the game.
Richards attempts another barn-storming run down the right, but this time Assou-Ekotto has his measure and takes the ball off him.
Bit of anxiety among the home fans as Spurs force them to pass back to keeper Joe Hart. Too early for that reaction - patience will be the key today.
City go downfield and Milner tries to play in Dzeko down the right, but it's a poor pass and goes out for a goalkick.
Modric is fouled and Spurs have a free-kick which falls to van der Vaart on the edge of the box and twice he has shots blocked.
Great work from Micah Richards sees win the ball off Bale and then play in Aguero, but his shot from 12 yards is saved by the knees of Friedel.
Clichy has space to get in a cross but it's aimed into the near post and too close to Friedel who gathers under no pressure.
City on top in the last few minutes, but the game is still full of mistakes with nerves obviously playing a part.
Van der Vaart gives away a free kick inside the City half. It is taken quickly by Nasri who releases Aguero and he twists past Younes Kaboul before laying it off to Silva whose low, angled shot goes just wide of the far post.
Walker tussles for the ball in the City area with Clichy and pushes him over to concede a free-kick. He protests his innocence for some strange reason.
Bale gets in a cross and it is half-cleared to Parker some 20 yards out but he scuffs a low effort well wide.
Good chance for that City with Aguero no more than six yards out and certainly Friedel looked relieved to see it go wide.
Silva gets to the by-line and pulls the ball back to the near post where Aguero shoots but it deflects off Dzeko and goes wide as the two strikers get in each others way.
Silva finds space and runs forward before slipping in Nasri. He plays it wide to Aguero but his cross is blocked.
Bale gets time and space down the left and his low cross flashes across the face of the City goal, with Defoe just inches from getting a decisive touch.
Positive run by Sergio Aguero sees his drive from the edge of the box deflect off Ledley King for a corner.
Good run by van der Vaart across the City box before he plays it wide to Assou-Ekotto but his low cross is blocked.
Clichy tries to stop Walker taking a quick throw by jumping in front of him and handling it - reckless!
Both sides have enjoyed spells of possession in the early stages before Gareth Bale makes his first run, but Savic again comes across to win the ball.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto plays the ball up the left for Jermain Defoe, but Stefan Savic gets across to intercept and clears the ball downfield.
David Silva makes a darting run and lays the ball out to Samir Nasri, but it goes out for a goalkick.
City throw-in and they pass it across the back four. Patient build-up here with Spurs showing plenty of energy to try and close them down.
Spurs keeper Brad Friedel gets a couple of early touches as City go on the front foot in the early stages.
"City without Toure, Toure, Kompany & Company might yield a point to Spurs today. Unfortunately I can't see Spurs winning so I'll go for 1-1," says Mike Durkin.
"As lifelong City fan, I am sat nervously waiting in anticipation of this game that could define our future - my heart says 3-1 City but my head says 2-2 - Its about time my heart was right - Come on City!" says Joe.
"Can't wait for this one! Will be a quality game, I think that Manchester City will struggle and Tottenham will get three points here - close but Spurs to edge it 2-1," says Terry from Herts.
"I see City being too much for Spurs today, they will win 4-2 but it will be closely-fought game. Silva and Dzeko getting two each for City and Bale getting the two for Spurs. It surely going to be a big Sunday with this highly contested match as well as Arsenal V Utd to come later! Its going to be good day for football!" says Iain.
Jamie Colclough says: "I want the title race to be interesting so I want Tottenham to win - but I think City will be too strong especially with Richards and Silva. 2-0 to City with goals from Richards and Aguero."
Susan Riley says: "As a season ticket holder I was at the Lane for the 5-1 result which was very disappointing, but now we have Parker and Modric (who is now settled) I expect a very different game and I think we will not lose today. Would love a win but a draw won't be the worst result for us."
Mick Hodgson says: "Spurs to win to further Harry's credentials for the England job and Defoe's place in the England set up with a brace in an end-to-end encounter won because of defensive mistakes."
Scott in Adelaide, Australia, says: "I think City are going in too confident and will succumb to a Spurs side more than ready to avenge the early season defeat."
"As an Arsenal fan it sticks in the throat but you can't take away the fact Spurs have played at a level deserving of top 4. City cannot afford a loss with Utd clipping their heels but Bale will create havoc - especially without the steadying influence of Ya Ya and Kompany. It will be interesting who wins in the stats between Silva and Bale in creating chances, assists and scoring. I want City to win but feel Spurs will want to stamp their title credentials today! Too close to call!" Jw
James from Cambridgeshire says: "If City want to keep their place at the top they must win today because in their next league game against Everton (away) they will struggle. Man Utd have Stoke at home next, much easier."
"Well it's all going to be shaken up today A City win will really put the pressure on Man Utd but I do feel City are lacking without Yaya on the pitch and also Tottenham are out to shock with lots of talent on show! I predict 2-1 to Tottenham and then a tight 2-1 to Utd which will make an incredible finish to the season," says John Wood - a confused Man Utd fan.
"I'm Kevin from West London and a lifelong Spurs fan, so sad I couldn't be at the Etihad. In the corresponding fixture 2yrs ago i was in Colombia and now I'm in Guyana sitting in my Gran's house going to listen to the game on Spurs TV online. I think City will be more defensive today and try counter, so I hope Spurs stay disciplined and not too gung-ho. The game has got draw written all over it but i think we might be in for a cracker."
Adam Kirk says: "I'm a huge Blue watching City in Singapore! I'm watching it with a Spurs fan, my mate Sean, I'm going for 2-1 or 3-1 because I think we'll win but it'll be close and can't see us keeping a clean sheet, and fancy Dzeko and Aguero to score. Whereas Sean thinks the teams are pretty even, Defoe and VDV could tear apart the city defence at times but Bale could find it tough dealing with a strong,pacey Richards. He thinks 2-2."
The teams are in and are as follows - Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Onuoha, De Jong, Balotelli. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar, Livermore, Pienaar. Referee: Howard Webb (Sth Yorkshire)
City fan Dave says: "This has the making of a great game on paper, but I think both teams will cancel each other out as they have been under this kind of pressure to perform and compete for a Premier League title. So I will go 1-1 and an Arsenal win will be a great afternoon viewing for me!"
"As a Chelsea fan, im hoping for a couple of draws today. I've done a nice little double of 1-1 in this game and 2-2 for Arsenal v Man Utd!" says Ben.
Dave in Dudley says: "It's going to be a good game, Spurs and City are both in perfect form, both have a few players unavailable so it should be a close one. My prediction Spurs to win 2-1."
Tottenham skipper Ledley King makes a surprise return to Harry Redknapp's starting line-up for this afternoon's eagerly-anticipated visit to Premier League leaders Manchester City. King has been missing for four weeks with a hamstring injury so his presence is a major boost for Spurs, who have Jermain Defoe in attack in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, who cannot play against his parent club. The return of Micah Richards at full-back is the only City change from Monday's win at Wigan and Roberto Mancini's men had the added advantage of knowing they would open up an eight-point lead on today's opponents with a win.
"As a Man Utd fan, I want the game to end as a draw but I don't think it will. City were poor in their last couple of games so I think it will be 1-0 to Tottenham - Gareth Bale," says Adhip from Basingstoke.
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Manchester City's Premier League clash with Tottenham. It's not often Arsenal v Manchester United has to take a backseat, but no doubt the clash at the Etihad commands centre stage today with first taking on third. Victory for Spurs will take them to within two points of City at the top, while there is no doubt Harry Redknapp's in-form side would love to avenge that 5-1 defeat suffered at White Hart Lane against City back in August. The team news and line-ups should be to hand shortly and as always we welcome your opinions so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish the best ones.