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FILE - In this Sunday April 3, 2011 file photo Manchester City's Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast celebrates scoring against Sunderland during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England. Top-ranked African team Ivory Coast and World Cup quarterfinalist Ghana were already strong contenders for the African Cup, which kicks off on Saturday Jan 21, 2012, because of their star-studded squads. But the absence of former champions Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa has made the Ivorians and Ghanaians the standout countries at this year's tournament, which will be co-hosted by West African neighbors Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Ivory Coast appears to be well-set after a perfect run of six wins from six games in qualifying as midfielder Yaya Toure emerged as the focal point for this campaign.

LONDON — Tottenham will look to take advantage of a Manchester City team going through its most vulnerable period of the season when the two new pretenders to the Premier League title meet Sunday in a pivotal match.

After moving to the top of the standings early in the season, City stuttered over the holiday period and has won only two of its last six matches in all competitions.

Tottenham was thrashed 5-1 by City in August but has lost just once in the league since, leaving them third — five points behind the leaders ahead of the match at the Etihad Stadium.

In what is the most crucial weekend of the title race so far, second-place Manchester United will also look to keep the pressure on City when it travels to fifth-place Arsenal.