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Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          14 10  3  1   21 -10  33
Away          14  9  2  3   19 -13  29
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Total(Prem)   28 19  5  4   40 -23  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)   28 19  5  4   40 -23  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  124 47 30 47  165-178 145
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Chelsea    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Blackpool
Man City   1-0   Spurs
Liverpool  0-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   B'mingham
Man Utd    3-0   Spurs

Man City

Everton    2-1   Man City
Man City   1-0   Spurs
Man City   3-0   Stoke
Bolton     0-2   Man City
Man City   4-0   Swansea
Bolton     2-3   Man City

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 1 Man City  2  2  0  0  7-2   5   6
20 Spurs     1  0  0  1  0-3  -3   0

City a different prospect these days

10 years ago in the 2001-02 season, Manchester City weren't even in the Premier League. They were busy winning the Championship. In doing so, City achieved consecutive promotions from the third tier of football to the first, and Norwich this year became the first team to emulate that record. Since 2002, City have managed 9 consecutive seasons of Premier League football. This is their tenth consecutive season, which is a first for City.

Things have changed nowadays of course, and for Man City fans all their Christmases came at once the day the Arabs took over ownership of the Eastlands club, whose stadium has now been re-named the Etihad Stadium. Questions have been asked in some quarters whether the 40 million shirt sponsorhip deal was a legitimate way around the proposed UEFA fair play rules, which are suposed to the proportion of a club's debt compared to their turnover and payments to players etc.

The City team might not actually be radically different to that which drew 0-0 at The Lane in August last year (Spurs 0 Man City), but they have taken a big step forward with the 35 million purchase of Sergio Aguero. Spurs fans might have a chortle at how City removed both Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri from the clutches of Arsenal, but it just goes to show the change in direction regarding real power at the top of the Premier League. City previously took Kolo Toure from Arsenal.

A real turning point for City came in May this year, not just when they beat us 1-0 (Man City 1 Spurs 0), but also when they won the FA Cup to remove the hoodoo of 35 years since a trophy. Then City went on to beat Arsenal to third place and automatic qualification for this season's Champions' League. Even that banner had disappeared from Old Trafford last Monday, although United fans were crowing about League Title number 19. City need another 17 to match that figure!

Another former Arsenal player is of course Emmanuel Adebayor, who may be introduced to Spurs fans tomorrow, but as he is on loan, he can only watch from the stands, and won't make his debut for at least two weeks. At the time of writing, City still have Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz kicking their heels - not even training with the first team squad. Shaun Wright-Phillips may be on his way out of the club for the second time too.

City's Premier Leagaue record against us is quite abysmal, but that win in May could be the start of a different run of results. Over the history of all our league meetings, it is all square, with both clubs having 47 wins, and 30 drawn matches. Tomorrow's game is our 125th league meeting.

Roberto Mancini has even more footballing sweeties to play with than has Chelsea's Andres Villas-Boas, and it will be intriguing to see how he fits in Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko into his line-up.

City's defence is more predictable, and not impregnable, judging by last week's 3-2 win at The Reebock Stadium, after which Mancini was critical of his team's defensive performance. Mancini still errs on the cautious side, as demonstrated in their first game at home to Swansea, who did not really capitulate until the arrival of substitute Aguero.

Spurs will have to be at their very best though to get a result tomorrow, and having started one game behind most of the league, we really need the points to get us off the mark, and off the bottom of the table for the International break.

We are told that "wantaway" Luka Modric is fit and available for this game. Certainly his skills would be needed, but I don't think he would get such a positive reception as he received in the pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao. We'll be needing Rafa van der Vaart of course, and it looks as if Jermain Defoe will have to start with Peter Crouch among the walking wounded and Roman Pavlyuchenko not exactly setting the stage alight on Thursday night against Hearts.

The news that Kyle Walker and Jermaine Jenas could make a return does not exactly excite, compared to the names amongst the City squad. King, Gallas, Sandro, Palacios, Pienaar and Danny Rose join Crouch on the injured list. I thought pre-season was about preparing the squad, not decimating it!

I can't see this one being a 0-0, and despite the note of pessimism in this preview, I do think Spurs could get a result. It will need us to take advantage of Mancini's early caution, and to get an early goal. It will need all the guile of Van der Vaart, and good finishing by Defoe. It will need pace and supreme effort from both flanks from Bale and Lennon, and it will need Spurs to defend stoutly, and never give up. I'm going for a 2-1!

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