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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man City - 08.12.07

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What happened in the Premiership in Match 16 2006-07

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          10  7  2  1   14 - 8  23
Away          10  7  2  1   15 - 9  23
Total(Prem)   20 14  4  2   29 -17  46
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)   20 14  4  2   29 -17  46
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total) 116 42 29 45  154-172 129
Last Six Premiership results:-


Newcastle  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Blackburn
M'brough   1-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Wigan
West Ham   1-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-3   Birmingham

Man City

Man City   1-0   B'mingham
Chelsea    6-0   Man City
Man City   1-0   S'derland
P'tsmouth  0-0   Man City
Man City   2-1   Reading
Wigan      1-1   Man City

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5 Man City 15  9  3  3  19-15   4  30 
16 Spurs    15  2  6  7  26-28  -2  12
Last Five Corresponding game

13.05.07 - Spurs 2 City 1 - Spurs go fifth on last day.
08.04.06 - Spurs 2 City 1 - James make it hard for Spurs.
19.03.05 - Spurs 2 City 1 - Spurs challenging for Europe.
12.04.04 - Spurs 1 City 1 - Precious point for both teams.
18.04.03 - Spurs 0 City 2 - Our last league defeat against City. Not a good Friday for Spurs.

Spurs play their 16th Premier Leaague game but already their 24th game off this season tomorrow. We failed to score in two of our first four games, but have scored at least once in our last 19 games. Sadly we have won only 6 of those games, just one of which (Wigan 4-0) has been a League game. Robbie Keane has scored 12 of our 39 goals in those last 19 games, and now we have to do without him for three games, including two against tomorrow's opponents - Manchester City.

Manchester City have had a marvellous season by their standards under Sven Goran Eriksson, whose signings were mostly unknown in this country, but who have performed well and impressed many. City have a 100% home league record - incuding victory over United, but in 7 away games have beaten nobody since West Ham on the opening day of the season. Since that victory, City have managed just 4 away goals, three of which came in one game at Fulham. They dramatically lost 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. Maybe these statistics provide genuine hope for Spurs, who are desperate for three points this week.

More hope is provided by the fact that we have beaten City in our last 6 League meetings, and that they are one of the sides against which we tend to do well. Sadly though, we have already shown this year against Everton that such statistics are actually meaningless.

Despite the fact that Lee was stretchered off in Brussels on Thursday, and that Chimbonda hobbled off at the final whistle, we are told that both will be fit tomorrow. Intriguingly, neither Ledley King or Ricardo Rocha were listed amongst those unavailable through injury, although Gareth bale sadly does remain absent? Could there be a surprise return for our club captain? I would have thought it highly unlikely after 45 minutess f reserve football last Tuesday, but what a morale booster that would be!

City will be missing one of their new stars tomorrow. Elano has played a prominent part in City's success to date, but he is out for another two weeks with a hamstring injury. Another Brazilian - Geovanni - scored City's goal at Wigan last week and could feature. Two of City's star players in the last two seasons have been young defender Micah Richards, and the experienced Richard Dunne, who has proved to be a most accomplished defender in recent years.

Sven might adopt a cautious approach, but of course with Spurs all too regular goal leakage, any team has a chance. I fancy a fourth consecutive 2-1 victory to Spurs in this match.

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