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Preview Pack - Spurs v Man City - 08.04.06

Last Year's Corresponding Game - 2-1 to Spurs
Last Year's Spursometer - 59%
This year's away game - 2-0 to Spurs
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 33 2004-5
Spurs drew at Anfield. City drew at Craven Cottage

Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           8  5  2  1   10 - 6  17
Away           9  6  2  1   13 - 8  20
Total(Prem)   17 11  4  2   23 -14  37
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)   17 11  4  2   23 -14  37
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total) 113 39 29 45  148-169 120
Last Six Premiership results:-

Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)

Spurs      2-2   Wigan
Spurs      3-2   Blackburn
Chelsea    2-1   Spurs
B'mingham  0-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   West Brom
Newcastle  3-1   Spurs

Man City

Liverpool  1-0   Man City
Man City   2-1   S'derland
P'tsmouth  2-1   Man City
Man City   0-1   Wigan
Chelsea    2-0   Man City
Man City   0-1   M'brough

Pos          P  W  D  L  F -A  GD  Pts
 4 Spurs    32 15 10  7  46-32 14  55
13 Man City 32 12  4 16  39-38  1  40

It's a tale of two cities this week-end (London and Manchester) as both North London sides face Mancunian opposition in the latest episode of the unravelling of the latest Premiership mystery.

On paper, this Saturday's game (don't forget the 12.45 kick-off!) is the easiest of Spurs' remaining games this season. Spurs have a superior league record at home and away in the Premiership against City, and demonstrated excellence at The City of Manchester Stadium on January 4th this year, when they won by a convincing 2-0. That was the result that took Spurs to the magic 40 point mark, but in 11 games since then, they have accumulated just 15 more points. City have gained only 12 points, and after their promising start to the season, they currently sit in the bottom half of the table with 40 points.

There is no room for complacency, despite City's bad form. Stuart Pearce's side have lost their last 4 Premiership games, and also suffered FA Cup defeat to West Ham. Pearce has given his side the proverbial kick up the back-side after last Sunday's defeat, and Spurs will need to pull out all the stops to ensure victory.

The corresponding game last season - played on 19th March - was Stuart Pearce's first game in charge, after the "final" retirement of Kevin Keegan. Spurs won it 2-0 with goals from Defoe and Keane. This was the game when Atouba earnt a three match suspension for elbowing Joey Barton in the run-up to Keane's winner. The incident was not spotted by the match referee (Barrie Knight), but did not have a bearing on Robbie's winner. It was Robbie and Mido who scored at Eastlands in January this year.

Easter is approaching, and I do have to point out that on Good Friday three years ago, Spurs lost dismally 2-0 at home to Manchester City, who had then managed just two goals in their preceding 6 Premiership games.

The good news is that Ledley King is back in training, and that Teemu Tainio is full fit for selection. The bad news is that Michael Dawson has to start a two-match ban after his second red card of the season. Calum Davenport has been looking sharp in recent reserve games, and may sneak ahead of Anthony Gardner in the pecking order. Nourredine Naybet seems to be a non-playing member of the squad these days. Tom Huddlestone may even get an outing at centre-back, and in the little time he has had at Premiership level this season, "Hudd" has not disappointed. Indeed, he is just as capable as Dawson of picking out players in the opposition half from deep in defence territory.

City have been missing Andrew Cole recently, but they do have Georgios Samaras, who has shown some scoring prowess in Cole's absence. Vassell is fast of course, but does not hit the net often enough.

It goes without saying really that Spurs need to send City back to Manchester with their manager in a deep sulk, and (sorry City fans) we will be rooting for the red half of Manchester to send the gooners back to London pointless on Sunday. Such events would put Spurs back in control of their Champions' League destiny.

I'll go for another 2-0 win to Spurs. Put your money on Keano to get on the score-sheet too!

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