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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Man City v Spurs - 10.05.11

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          14 10  3  1   21 -10  33
Away          13  9  2  2   19 -12  29
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Total(Prem)   27 19  5  3   40 -22  62
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   46 21 13 12   84 -59  58
Away(Div 1)   46  7 11 28   39 -90  24
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Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    2  0  1  1    2 - 3   1
Away(Div 2)    2  0  0  2    0 - 3   0
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Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Total(Prem)   27 19  5  3   40 -22  62
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Grand Total  123 47 30 46  165-177 145
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Man City

Chelsea    2-0   Man City
Man City   5-0   S'derland
Liverpool  3-0   Man City
Blackburn  0-1   Man City
Man City   2-1   West Ham
Everton    2-1   Man City

Spurs
 
Wigan      0-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-2   Stoke
Spurs      3-3   Arsenal
Spurs      2-2   West Brom
Chelsea    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Blackpool

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
4 Man City 35 18  8  9 54-33 21  62
6 Spurs    35 14 14  7 51-44  7  56
Too late for heroics?

The latest "moneybags" club in the Premier League (Chelsea were of course the first) have a couple of hoodoos they want to address this week.

City's priority will surely be this Saturday's FA Cup Final against Tony Pulis's in-form Stoke City side, in which City have the chance to win their first major trophy for 35 years. That was the League Cup, when City beat Newcastle 2-1. City had been League Champions in 1936-7 and then 1967-68, when they entered their last period of football prominence, under the management of Joe Mercer and his flamboyant assistant Malcolm Allison. They last won the FA Cup in 1969, beating Leicester City 1-0, and the following year won the Cup-Winners' Cup, and the League Cup. Those were heady days for City, and in the last year they have mourned two of their former heroes, Allison, and that FA Cup goal-scorer Neil Young, who reently died at the age of 66, due to cancer. Tony Book, who was the veteran captain of the successful late sixties/early seventies side, was the manager when they beat Newcastle in 1976.

City will be hoping that those "35 years" banners at Old Trafford can finally be discarded this week, sorely reminding them of the time since a major trophy. They have since won the old League Championship trophy, but that was gained in winning promotion from Division One, or the Championship as it is now known. City played in the third tier of football in 1999-2000, and were the last team to win back to back promotions to the top tier, before Norwich did it last week.

There is another hoodoo that Roberto Mancini might want to address before the Cup Final. That's the simply atrocious Premier League record of Man City against Spurs. They've only ever managed three Premier League wins in 27 attempts. The last of these was three years ago (Man City 2 Spurs 1 - March 2008), which in fact was City's first home league win over us since 1994!

City must be favourites to win tonight though, and in doing so, they would dramatically reverse the situation which occurred last May, when Spurs beat City to qualify for the Champions League play-offs. Peter Crouch scored the dramatic winner five minutes from time, after a powerful Kaboul cross was only parried by City's loan keeper, Marton Fulop, and Crouch headed home, leading to fantastic celebrations in the away end.

Spurs simply have to win to stand any chance of overtaking City, who have a far superior goal difference. A win for City would secure their place in the Champions League play-offs, and could be just the start of a very big week for the Eastlands side.

Spurs' greater worry could be even managing to reclaim fifth place, so emphatically taken last night by Liverpool, whose form under Kenny Dalglish has been scintillating, and worrying for spurs in view of Sunday's game at Anfield. A depressing end of the season looms for Spurs fans.

Our prospects are not helped by the confirmed absence of Gareth Bale, thanks to Charlie Adam, and new doubts over Luka Modric's fitness for the game, due to a hip injury. Jermaine Jenas and Crouch are also described as doubts, whilst Huddlestone, Ekotto, Palacios and Hutton are definitely absent. It is interesting to note that Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are not actually listed as injured, but it is hardly likely that Dawson and Gallas are going to be superceded at this stage of the season.

City might even be able to call upon Tevez, who has recovered from his hamstring injury, but even without him they have loads of options. What I do find hard to believe is that City have not sold all their tickets for this crucial game, but maybe some of their fans are saving their money for Saturday at Wembley.

As you know, I am usually the optimist when it comes to making Spurs predictions. I've got a feeling that the law of irony might come into play here, with City's players having half an eye on Wembley, and Spurs getting a win, which would be all too late for their quest for Champions League football. My head tells me it will be a glory night for City.

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