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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          21 13  3  5   33 -26  42
Away          21 10  3  8   28 -35  33
Total(Prem)   42 23  6 13   61 -61  75
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   46 21 13 12   84 -59  58
Away(Div 1)   46  7 11 28   39 -90  24
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    2  0  1  1    2 - 3   1
Away(Div 2)    2  0  0  2    0 - 3   0
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Total(Prem)   42 23  6 13   61 -61  75
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  138 51 31 56  186-216 158

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LLWWWW
Watford    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   1-2    Spurs
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff
West Ham   0-1    Spurs

Man City   -    WWWWDW

Man City   2-1    Newcastle
Man City   3-0    Fulham
Cardiff    0-5    Man City
Man City   2-0    Brighton
Liverpool  0-0    Man City
Man City   5-0    Burnley

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Man City   9  7  2  0  26-3   23   23
5. Spurs      9  7  0  2  16-7    9   21

It's 37 years since we beat City at Wembley

The last time we beat Manchester City at Wembley was in the fabulous FA Cup Final replay of 1981. Everybody remembers this game and Ricky Villa's wonderful winning goal, but it is particularly poignant this weekend to recall that the Spurs side featured Glenn Hoddle in all his pomp with pinpoint passing and goal creativity. Glenn collapsed on Saturday in the BT Sports Studio, and thanks to swift and effective medical action by BT employee Simon Daniels, the Spurs legend is currently recovering in hospital. It has been confirmed that Glenn's collapse was due to a heart attack. The tragic helicopter crash after the Leicester - West Ham game in which Leicester owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others lost their lives also serves to put the game of football firmly into perspective.

Now we face a magnificent Manchester City side on a less than satisfactory Wembley pitch which was needed for weekend NFL action, at the start of a crucial 9 days in our season in which we have to play 4 games in three competitions. This first match would see us go above City, if we were to win, but that is a massive task against a side which is once again in flying form and which won 3-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday with Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero starting on the bench. City's League Cup game against Fulham is being played on Thursday, so they have more leeway than Spurs, who play West Ham on Wednesday. We know we face a multi-talented side which could also feature Kevin De Bruyne, who recovered more quickly than was anticipated from a knee injury suffered in August. De Bruyne started against Shakhtar. Spurs will have to be at their very, very best!

In the case of other ever-present Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Spurs have played 52 Premier League games over the course of the league's 26 year history (53 including this season's game). Manchester City, last season's record breaking Premier League Champions (Most points, wins, goals, away wins; biggest goal difference, biggest title-winning margin and least time trailing their opponents) were founding members of the Premier League in 1992, but did spend five of the league's first 10 season's "below stairs". They even dropped to the third tier in United's treble season of 1998/99, only making it back to the second tier through a dramatic penalty win in the Play-Off Final against Gillingham. City remained well supported with crowds of over 30,000 at their old Maine Road Stadium. The much heard chant aimed at City's fans "Where were you when you were s**t?" has no validity because City fans did follow their club through thick and thin.

The York City side that was beaten 4-0 by City in their last home game of that Division Two League season included former Spurs Bobby Mimms and Chris Fairclough. City did have a home play-off semi-final against Wigan, which they won. Wigan have been something of a nemesis for the modern day wonder teams of Man City, having dramatically beaten them in the 2013 FA Cup Final and also last season in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

Pep Guardiola is at the helm of this "wonder club" who have won their third Premier League title in 6 years. 13 time winners Manchester United are in City's shadow these days, and have managed one win since City's first Premier League title in 2012. Leicester and Chelsea are the other recent winners. No wonder we've got the blues.

This is not the first great Manchester City team though. In 1936-7 manager Wilf Wild led City to their first league title with a team that featured the legendary Frank Swift in goal and top scorer Peter Doherty. After he retired from the game, Frank Swift became a News of the World journalist, and sadly died in the Munich air crash of February 1958.

Incredibly the Manchester City team was relegated the following season - 1937-38. A couple of seasons ago, Leicester were threatening to become the first top flight side to emulate that dubious record until Claudio Ranieri was shown the door.

City's latest title success came exactly 50 years after the legendary and affable Joe Mercer (with Malcolm Allison by his side) led another City side to the title. That City squad included many familiar names such as Corrigan, Book, Bell, Lee and Summerbee. Mike Summerbee still writes a column in City's programme. The 1968 Champions had also emerged from three seasons in the second tier between 1963 and 66.

Mauricio Pochettino had good news for Spurs fans when he announced that Dele Alli was back in full training and that he would be available for selection tonight. Whether he starts is another question, as the manager has to juggle his resources carefully with these four games in such a short space of time. Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen are still not available. I am not being so bold as to predict a Spurs win, but we can do that. However, I have predicted a 2-2 draw. It should be a great game!

Did you know? - City sold 21 year old Spanish defender Angelino to PSV in the summer for a reported 5 million. Angelino's only City appearances came off the bench against Aston Villa (FA Cup 4th Round January 2016) and in August 2016 against Steua Bucuresti in a Champions League play-off game. Angelino played against us last Wednesday night, and has started all of PSV's league games to date. That includes Saturday's 2-1 win at Groningen, which put PSV on 10 wins in the same number of opening league games. Yesterday (Sunday), PSG beat Marseilles 2-0 away gaining an eleventh such win to equal Spurs' record of 1960-61.

This will be match referee Kevin Friend's first game in charge of Spurs this season. We last saw him in the middle at Brighton in April, when the match was drawn. Mr Friend has the best average grade (6.13) of any of the referees we see regularly in Premier League and domestic cup football. This referee has had charge of 22 Spurs games since March 2010.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 27th October, 1998, Spurs beat Northampton 3-1 away in a Worthington Cup Third round game. Chris Armstrong scored twice. On 31st October, 1998, City beat Colchester 2-1 with goals by Kevin Horlock and Andy Morrison to go 6th in the third tier table.

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