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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man City, 02.10.16

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          19 12  3  4   30 -23  39
Away          19 10  2  7   25 -29  32
Total(Prem)   38 22  5 11   55 -52  71
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)   38 22  5 11   55 -52  71
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  134 50 30 54  180-207 154

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DWDWWW

Everton    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      1-1   Liverpool
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'derland
M'brough   1-2   Spurs

Man City   -    WWWWWW   

Man City   2-1   S'derland
Stoke      1-4   Man City
Man City   3-1   West Ham
Man Utd    1-2   Man City
Man City   4-0   B'mouth
Swansea    1-3   Man City

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Man City   6  6  0  0  18-5   13   18
2. Spurs      6  4  2  0  10-3    7   14

Encouraging signs for Tottenham!

Records are made to be broken, but one that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City failed to match this week was to win their first eleven games of the season, as did Bill Nicholson's Double-winning Spurs side of 1960-61. The team that prevented City matching that Spurs start was Celtic in an exhilarating Champions League match on Wednesday night. The match was drawn 3-3 and one most encouraging sign for Mauricio Pochettino was the fact that the team which had conceded seven goals to Barcelona in their previous Champions League tie managed to score three against all-conquering City.

City could yet manage to win their first eleven league games of the season, but of course Mauricio Pochettino will want to make sure that doesn't happen. Spurs must take more encouragement from the fact that last season they achieved a first league double over City since the 2009-10 season in which we pipped them for Champions League qualification. We played City on Matchday Seven last year and shocked them with a fabulous 4-1 home win! City were missing Joe Hart (they will every game this year of course!), Vincent Kompany (missing this week too) and David Silva.

City actually took the lead in last year's game through Kevin De Bruyne, who will also miss Sunday's game. Eric Dier equalised just before half-time with a smashing 25 yard shot. Then in the second half, Spurs went on the rampage through Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela, who also won the man of the match vote. It was the first time Spurs had put four goals past City in a League game since 1962. Cliff Jones scored one of those goals, and no doubt the sprightly 81 year old will be in the hospitality lounges on Sunday.

Of course City have a massive array of talent at their disposal and they are a team not to be feared, but certainly to be respected. One of their new signings, Nolito, will be suspended for this game after a stupid sending off near the end of City's 4-0 win over Bournemouth. Under Guardiola's guidance, Raheem Sterling has re-found his form, and has been a constant threat this season. Then, there is the superb goalscoring talent of Aguero - equal top of the early Premier League scoring charts with five goals, and that's despite him serving a suspension too! Aguero has also scored two Champions League hat-tricks this season.

City have scored plenty, but the only Premier league clean sheet they have secured was against Bournemouth. the fact that Celtic scored three the other night shows the vulnerability of the City defence. John Stones was purchased for big, big money from Everton and did not start on Wednesday night, presumably with this game in mind. Another Guardiola signing, midfieder Ilkay Gundogan, played for 90 minutes for City for the first time on Wednesday night, in the absence of De Bruyne. Gundogan was signed from Borussia Dortmund, but did not appear in either of the Europa League games against Spurs last season.

More encouragement for Spurs comes with the return to training yesterday of Danny Rose and Eric Dier. Dembele was not spotted in the same session, but Mauricio says he will assess all our potential returnees tomorrow (Saturday). Spurs are hopefully assured of fresh legs in both full back positions with Kyle Walker rested on Tuesday night. Will Pochettino play both Dier and Wanyama in tandem, or will Dembele and/or Dele Alli play in one of those slots. We might settle for one defensive midfielder, as seen in the last two games really. Despite the absence of Harry Kane and (I suspect Moussa Sissoko), Spurs still have five players competing for four forward positions in Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Son and Janssen.

Former Spur Jermaine Jenas is confident we can win this game. That's nice to read, but whilst I feel we have a good chance, my prediction is for a scoring draw - 2-2.

Did you know? - It was Manchester City who ended Spurs' run of consecutive wins (11) at the start of The Double Season

We've seen plenty (some would say too much) of match referee Andre Marriner over the years, but he hasn't had charge of a Spurs game since September 23rd last year when we lost a home League Cup game to Arsenal. That game preceded our 4-1 win over City, so perhaps there is some sort of favourable connection here!

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. On this date 6 years ago Rafa van der Vaart scored both our goals in a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa!

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