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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man City, 21.04.13

Last Season's Corresponding Game - Spurs 1 Man City 5
This Season's away game - Man City 2 Spurs 1
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 34 2011-12

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          15 10  3  2   22 -15  33
Away          16  9  2  5   22 -18  29
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Total(Prem)   31 19  5  7   44 -33  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)   31 19  5  7   44 -33  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  127 47 30 50  169-188 145
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs

West Ham   2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  3-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Fulham
Swansea    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Everton

Man City

Man City   2-0   Chelsea
A. Villa   0-1   Man City
Everton    2-0   Man City
Man City   4-0   Newcastle
Man Utd    1-2   Man City
Man City   1-0   Wigan

Pos           P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Man City  32  20  8  4  58-27  31   68
5. Spurs     32  17  7  8  55-40  15   58

Crunch time yet again

For the fourth consecutive season, in the closing and decisive stages of the Premier League, Spurs face what has in that time turned into a highly formidable opponent. High investment has turned Manchester City into a trophy-winning side that has yet to make its mark in Europe, but one which can still make statements such as beating Man Utd at Old Trafford (for the second consecutive season), and beating Chelsea to progress to their second FA Cup Final in three years. City will be the odds-on favourites at Wembley, but could only beat Wigan 1-0 on Wednesday night in a rehearsal at The Etihad Stadium.

Three years ago, Peter Crouch scored the single goal that meant that Spurs, and not City would proceed to the Champions League qualifiers in the 2010-11 season. The following year (also in May) Crouch scored at the wrong end, to ultimately concede fourth place to City. Last year, we played the away game in January, but at the time we were (honestly) being mentioned as title contenders along with the two Manchester sides. We lost 3-2, and the game turned on a moment in which Jermain Defoe might have scored the winner at the back post, but pushed the shot agonisingly wide. Then, in added time, Ledley King conceded a penalty, which Balotelli fired home. The referee (Howard Webb) had missed a stamp by Balotelli upon Scott Parker, so the controversial Italian should not have been on the pitch, and did later serve a suspension. Once again, the "football gods" had not shined upon us.

We've had to wait a long, long time now for revenge upon City for a horrible defeat inflicted upon us in our first home league game last season (Spurs 1 Man City 5 - 28.08.11). That's 20 months since City's last visit to The Lane. As always, we had not completed our transfer business, and one of the acquisitions to come was a City player, Emmanuel Adebayor. The other late arrival would be Scott Parker. The Modric saga was also brewing, because according to Harry Redknapp, "his head was not in the right place". We never did get the very best standard of football out of Modric really over the course of last season, did we?

Getting revenge for that defeat will be difficult. City have now beaten us in our last four meetings, three of which have been at their ground. They are not going to be conceding the Premier League just yet to United, if they can help it, and if they win, then they will at least delay United clinching City's title. Defeat for City and a win for United at home to Villa would settle the matter in favour of the red half of Manchester. A draw for City and a United win would make it all but mathematically certain.

We've established that City will be going all out for the win, and they may be at full strength, because even Aguero and Nasri are likely to recover from slight hamstring injuries. Aguero of course controversially escaped punishment for a challenge on Chelsea's David Luiz last week, because apparently referee Chris Foy had seen part of the incident and decided no action was required.

Spurs might have three key players ready for action again with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe likely to be available. Some cloud has been cast about Bale's fitness, but his presence would certainly be a great boost to the team and to the morale of the crowd, who will surely generate a hot atmosphere, as we face six "Cup Finals" to try and regain a top four place. The players have had a decent break since the Basel game, and we will need the midfield engine of Scott Parker and Mousa Dembele to be in tip-top condition. One or both of them will need to keep Yaya Toure in check.

The days have gone now when we were beating City almost every time we met them. Along with Everton, we've won more Premier League games against them (19) than against any other team. City haven't even been in the Premier league for all its history either! Between October 1994 and March 2008 (a total of 16 Premier League games), City managed only one league win and that was 10 years ago this week on a miserable Good Friday against Glenn Hoddle's ailing Tottenham side (Spurs 0 City 2 - 18.04.03)

We need Fulham to do a better job against Arsenal tomorrow (Saturday) than they did at home to Chelsea mid-week. We need Liverpool to at least hold Chelsea, but most of all, we need something out of this game on Sunday. I won't go so far as to predict a win, but I will live in hope of at least a draw, which could be enough to keep us in the Champions League race.

The referee for this game will be Lee Mason, who we last saw in our 0-0 home draw with Stoke in December. Mr. Mason did not go down well with voters for his performance on that occasion, scoring 3.6 out of 10. The main gripe was thet he let too much Stoke physicality go un-punished.

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10 years ago this week-end - Spurs lost at home to Man City.....
... and then beat West Brom away

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