Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Sunday 15 August 2021
Kickoff at 16:30 BST
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,782 High Rd, Tottenham, London N17 0BX
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All the information you need ahead of our Premier League opener...

When and Where

City begin our defence of the Premier League crown on Sunday 15 August at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 4:30pm (UK).

The game will broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Go Extra in the UK.

You can also keep up to date with all the action via our Matchday Centre here on and our official app, which will provide minute-by-minute coverage of our clash in the capital, or via our Twitter: @ManCity.


A full-match replay of all of the action will also be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midnight.

Those living outside of the UK can find out how to tune in, wherever you are in the world, by taking a look at our TV listings at the foot of this page.

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Matchday Live

Nedum Onuoha and Joleon Lescott will be special guests on this Sunday’s live pre-match show, which is available to view on all of our digital platforms.

The defensive duo amassed almost 300 appearances for the Club in total and they will offer their expert professional insight throughout proceedings.

The show begins one hour before kick-off, with Lescott and Onuoha casting their eye over Pep Guardiola’s current crop with host, Natalie Pike, in the build-up to the action.


They will reconvene for a quick half-time debrief, before having their say once again once the final whistle is blown.

Time permitting, they will also react to the post-match thoughts of the City boss and a player.

Matchday Live is a must-watch for supporters, offering a unique, City-focused perspective to your coverage of all Pep Guardiola’s men’s clashes.

Ticketing information

City have sold out our allocation of 2,978 for this Sunday’s clash, and match tickets will be despatched as paper tickets w/c 9 August.

As guardians of this great Club, we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors of not only Manchester City, but also the City of Manchester. On your visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, please respect the stewards and staff at the Club and we ask that you:

  • Remain in the seat that you have purchased.
  • Keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Do not block the aisles or gangways.
  • Do not smoke.
  • The use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke bombs is strictly prohibited

If you have any further questions, you can contact us on +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 6). Alternatively, email us at [email protected].

You can also get in touch via the Supporter Services twitter handle, @ManCityHelp.



Jack Grealish is handed his Premier League debut for City in today’s season opener away at Tottenham Hotspur.

Our summer signing from Aston Villa makes his first City start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having been named on the bench for last weekend’s Community Shield clash with Leicester.

Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan also feature in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up with Nathan Ake again partnering Ruben Dias at centre half and skipper Fernandinho the holding midfielder

Kevin De Bruyne is amongst those named on the substitutes' bench with Kyle Walker and John Stones also amongst the replacements following their exploits at EURO 2020 alongside Gabriel Jesus who featured for Brazil at the Copa America.


SPURS: To follow

CITY: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (c), Gundogan, Grealish, Sterling, Torres, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Walker, Stones, Jesus, Zinchenko, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo

pep guardiola preview

"Every season since I arrived five years ago I had a  feeling every season is tougher, stronger, better teams.

"Every season is a new challenge. We celebrated our title, now it’s in our memories and we start again."

Read the manager's thoughts on the importance of Gabriel Jesus ahead of the new campaign, here.

Last time out

Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty was enough to see Manchester City edged out in the Community Shield final against Leicester.

The former City man dusted himself off after being brought down inside the box and clinically dispatched an 89th-minute spot kick to ensure the Foxes won the 2021-22 season’s curtain-raiser.

However, there were plenty of positives to take from the game for City, with Jack Grealish coming off the bench for his debut for the final 25 minutes.

Young duo Cole Palmer and Sam Edozie also continued their fine pre-season form with a mature display at Wembley Stadium.

Last meeting

Aymeric Laporte’s late header secured our fourth successive Carabao Cup triumph, as City played in front of our supporters for the first time since onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The defender rose highest from Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick to head home the game’s only goal with eight minutes of normal time to play, to give hand City the win our performance deserved.

Phil Foden had earlier struck the post and Riyad Mahrez twice went close for City in a dominant display at Wembley Stadium, but Laporte’s decisive contribution ensured the Carabao Cup remained in Manchester for another season.

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