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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          22 13  3  6   33 -27  42
Away          22 10  3  9   28 -36  33
Total(Prem)   44 23  6 15   62 -62  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)   44 23  6 15   62 -62  75
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  140 51 31 58  186-218 158

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man City   -    WWWWWW

Man City   1-0    Spurs
Man Utd    0-2    Man City
Burnley    0-1    Man City
Man City   1-0    Leicester
Brighton   1-4    Man City
West Ham   0-5    Man City

Spurs      -    LWLLDW
Man City   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Brighton
Spurs      0-1    West Ham
B'mouth    1-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-2    Everton
Spurs      3-1    A. Villa

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Man City   1  1  0  0   5-0    5    3
6. Spurs      1  1  0  0   3-1    2    3

A Sterling test

the Etihad Stadium - 20.04.19

Manchester City's defence of their second consecutive Premier League title got under way in emphatic style with last week's 5-0 win at The London Stadium and Spurs return to The Etihad for a third visit within four months. The previous two were played only three days apart of course in April. One was the incredible Champions League 4-3 defeat which had a dramatic VAR conclusion to see Spurs - not City - go through to the semi-final of the elite club tournament, whose trophy has so far eluded Guardiola's side.

The second game that week, played on a Saturday lunchtime was a 1-0 Premier League defeat in which 18 year old Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal for his club within five minutes. That goal decided the game. Foden has now turned 19 and featured in the disappointing England Under-21 campaign in the summer, scoring a superb solo goal against France.

City lost only two games in the second half of the Premier League season, and only one of those was a league game. That defeat came in January away to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle. The only other defeat was in the first Champions League game played at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, when Son Heung-min scored the decisive goal. Even our fantastic away goals success was after a 4-3 defeat at The Etihad.

City are seeking a third successive Premier League title, but they would not be the first club to achieve such numbers in the 27 year history of this competition. Sir Alex Ferguson's United managed two "hat-tricks", and 13 times in all. City now have 4 Premier league titles to their name so that makes 17 of the 27 titles won by the two Manchester clubs.

Both City and Spurs have enjoyed an ascendancy over the last 10 years, but at different levels. City are a club who more or less inherited the 2002 Commonwealth Games stadium, but of course with the hefty financial input of Sheik Mansour they have developed the stadium, and also created a luxurious Academy Stadium and club training ground facility. In addition over half a billion pounds has been spent on just the current squad. In the last 10 years City have won 4 Premier League titles, and have been runners-up twice. They've won the FA Cup twice and the League Cup four times. Last season they won the domestic treble. Even United did not achieve that. The one trophy that eludes City is a modern-day European title, although Joe Mercer's City did win the Cup-Winners' Cup in 1970.

Spurs' 10-year ascendancy started under Harry Redknapp, whose team beat City to the Champions League in 2010, and has continued over the last five years with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm. Whilst we are without a trophy in those years, Spurs have now reached the Champions league five times, and famously beat City to the Champions League Final this year. We have finished in the top four 6 times; in the top three for three successive seasons between 2016-18, and runners-up in 2016-17, when we finished above City for the third time in those last 10 years. We all know that we need to consummate our rise with a trophy.

City won with ease at the London Stadium last week, and Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick. The scorer of last season's winner - Phil Foden - got on for the last 10 minutes. Sergio Aguero did not start but came off the bench and scored a re-taken penalty. Gundogan played for the last 10 minutes. Bernardo Silva and new signing Cancelo (who played against us for Juventus in our pre-season ICC game) did not get off the bench. Cancelo joined City whilst Danilo left for Juve. Fernandinho, who is now 34, is still in City's squad, but was not in the 18 at West Ham. His replacement is Rodri - this year's major (60+ million) City signing - and he did play last week.

As Jose Mourinho said last week, City and their "B" team are two of four contenders for this year's Premier League title. One of the others he named was Tottenham, so can we beat them this week? We'll be going without the suspended Son again (he will be raring to go against Newcastle!), who scored two early goals in the famous Champions League quarter-final, and indeed our home goal in that tie too. Foyth is also suspended, but also still injured, as is Dele Alli and new signing Ryan Sessegnon - still reovering from a hamstring injury sustained in pre-season with Fulham.

Spurs played both those April away games against City without the injured Harry Kane, who last week opened his account with two nice goals. Jan Vertonghen has looked very happy in training this week. Maybe we will see three at the back tomorrow. I think that would be my inclination with Walker-Peters and Rose as wing-backs. Sissoko and Ndombele could play behind a front three of Eriksen, Kane and Lucas Moura. I am hoping to see Lo Celso's debut in this game.

I've let my heart rule my head and predicted a 2-2 draw. Of course I hope for better, but City will be clear favourites.

The match referee will be Michael Oliver, who by coincidence also refereed our league game here on 20th April. In late May and early June, Mr Oliver was kept busy officiating in the U-20 World Cup. Graham Scott is VAR for this game.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. Spurs opened their 2009-10 campaign on 16th August with a 2-1 home win over Liverpool! Benoit Assou-Ekotto scored his first Tottenham goal, and Sebastien Bassong scored on his debut.

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