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Thursday's Sport: Misfiring Manchester City seek Spurs boost

Day four of the Australian Open in Melbourne headlines Thursday's sporting schedule, but there is also a major Premier League clash to look forward to.

Manchester City play host to Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium, with both sides looking to respond to derby defeats last time out in the league.

There are also three games in the Coppa Italia and two in the Copa del Rey, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona in action in the latter.

World Grand Prix snooker continues in Cheltenham and there are several race meetings which can be viewed on our Sports Live Streaming platform, as well as action from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and The American Express to follow on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker.

Premier League: Citizens aim to close on Arsenal

WhatManchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
WhereEtihad Stadium, Manchester
When20:00, Thursday 19th January
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsMan City 4/11, Draw 4/1, Tottenham 15/2

Having been beaten 2-1 at Manchester United last time out, Manchester City cannot afford another slip-up at home to Tottenham, whose own 2-0 derby defeat saw Arsenal power eight points clear of the chasing Premier League pack.

City head coach Pep Guardiola says defensive duo Ruben Dias and John Stones, as well as playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, are all in contention to feature after availability doubts, while the visitors hope to have midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur in action for the first time since the World Cup finals.

The Citizens suffered a 3-2 defeat in this fixture last season, with Harry Kane netting a last-gasp winner for the visitors at the Etihad.

England captain Kane has scored just four times in 14 appearances against City, but can be backed at 9/4 to Score Anytime on Thursday evening.

Australian Open: Home hope stands in Murray's way

WhatAndy Murray v Thanasi Kokkinakis
WhereMelbourne Park, Melbourne
When09.30, Thursday 19th January
How to watchEurosport, discovery+ and bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAndy Murray 13/10, Thanasi Kokkinakis 8/13

Having survived a five-set thriller against 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in the first round of the Australian Open, five-time runner-up Andy Murray is back in action against Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Aussie Kokkinakis will be eager to impress in front of his home fans, having made light work of Fabio Fognini in his opener, defeating the Italian 6-1 6-2 6-2.

How well five-time Melbourne runner-up Murray recovers from his heroics against Berrettini will be crucial to the outcome of this match and the Scot is available at 11/2 to win 3-2 in Set Betting.

Also in action is nine-time Aussie Open champion Novak Djokovic, who takes on French qualifier Enzo Couacaud, while in the women's draw second seed Ons Jabeur faces former French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.

Copa del Rey: Real test for Madrid at Villarreal

WhatVillarreal v Real Madrid
WhereEl Madrigal, Villarreal
When20:00, Thursday 19th January
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsVillarreal 19/10, Draw 5/2, Real Madrid 11/8

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are in action on Thursday evening in the last-16 of the Copa del Rey, with the latter taking on third division Ceuta.

However, things look much tougher on paper for Los Blancos, who head to El Madrigal to take on Villarreal, who are still hunting their first success in the competition.

These two sides met in La Liga earlier this month, when goals from Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno earned El Submarino Amarillo a 2-1 victory on home turf.

The previous five meetings of these two teams at El Madrigal all ended in draws, so 5/2 for a Draw in the Full Time Result market makes plenty of sense, with Villarreal priced at 1/1 To Qualify and reach the quarter-finals.

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