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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man City, 02.02.20

· Last season's game - Spurs 0 Man City 1, 29.10.18
· This season's away game - Man City 2 Spurs 2, 17.08.19
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          22 13  3  6   33 -27  42
Away          23 10  4  9   30 -38  34
Total(Prem)   45 23  7 15   64 -64  76
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)   45 23  7 15   64 -64  76
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  141 51 32 58  188-220 159

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WDLLDW
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Norwich    2-2    Spurs
S'hampton  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Liverpool
Watford    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Norwich

Man City   -    LWWWDW

Wolves     3-2    Man City
Man City   2-0    Sheff Utd
Man City   2-1    Everton
A. Villa   1-6    Man City
Man City   2-2    C. Palace
Sheff Utd  0-1    Man City

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Man City  24 16  3  5  65-27  38   51 
6. Spurs     24  9  7  8  38-32   6   34

Not the death of football after all?

We dared and we did!

There have been times when I thought that Manchester City would be the death of football, but it clearly wasn't this time last year. On 2nd February last year, after we narrowly beat Newcastle 1-0, Spurs had accumulated 57 points which was the most we had amassed after 25 games played in the Premier League. Liverpool were actually three points ahead of Manchester City, and only five points ahead of Spurs. On this day last year, we were still in the title chase!

Spurs managed just 14 more points in their last 13 games after that Newcastle game, whilst City would win every game and finish with an incredible 98 points. Liverpool finished one point behind them, paying the penalty for two drawn games (both 0-0) at Old Trafford and Goodison Park. This year Liverpool are head, shoulders and most of their torso above everyone else, including City.

Sheik Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group took over Manchester City Football Club in September 2008 at a time when the club had not won a trophy for 32 years. Since then they have won 4 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups, and 4 League Cups. They reached a third successive League Cup Final on Wednesday night with a 3-2 aggregate win over Manchester United, who did beat them 1-0 on the night at The Etihad. Of course, the trophy they would so much love to lift is The Champions League. Spurs can proudly say they prevented that occurrence last year.

When you look at the table of previous results and statistics regarding Spurs v Manchester City meetings, we still have overall superiority in terms of Premier League results. We used to be a bogey team for City. It took three years for the new regime to start taking real effect on their status in comparison with Spurs, but including the August 2010 0-0 draw, City won 8 of the next 10 games at home and away. That spell included a horrible 5-1 home defeat in August 2011, and a 6-0 at The Etihad in November 2013. We have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 5 of our last 11 meetings which have consisted of 9 league games and last year's Champions league quarter-final.

On the downside we have only won one of the last 8 games, and that was last April's home leg of the quarter-final when "Sonny" scored in front of the "White Wall" of New WHL. Our last league win was at Old White Hart Lane, which was the last time City played a league game at Tottenham. That win was achieved without an injured Harry Kane, and as Harry went off injured before Son's 78th minute winner last year, we can say both wins were attained without the presence of our talisman.

Two of our last three games against City have featured dramatic VAR decisions. One of those games was the 2-2 draw at The Etihad in August, when City were again denied an added time winner. Let’s mention here a happy memory of the departed Christian Eriksen, who scored our winning goal at The Etihad on 14th February 2016. It was Eriksen’s birthday, as well as being Valentine’s Day. It felt like all our birthdays too, as we chased Leicester City in the title race.

This weekend sees the last full Premier League programme for three weeks due to the staggered "winter break", which has already been curtailed for Spurs because of next Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Southampton. City are at home to West Ham next Sunday, and we all wish them well with that one!

The latest team news indicates there is no change, with Ben Davies, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko still unavailable. Ben Davies is the closest to fitness and may be available when we play Aston Villa in two weeks' time. Pep Guardiola rested centre-back Aymeric Laporte for the mid-week semi-final match against United. Laporte started last week's game at Bramall Lane after an absence of nearly five months. Laporte might start against us. Fernandinho was similarly rested. He and Benjamin Mendy also missed the United game. Guardiola played a back three which included two right backs on Wednesday night, and won't want to do that again.

This is clearly going to be a very difficult game, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne just two of the clear dangers. Aguero is surely one of the most natural of goalscorers since the great Jimmy Greaves. De Bruyne is having a wonderful season and continues to exhibit the skills of a playmaker extraordinaire. Jose Mourinho has confirmed that new signing Steven Bergwijn will be in the squad. Teams can make it difficult for Pep’s men, and Manchester United have won two of the last three games where City have lost. Wolves beat them, and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace somehow held out for a draw at City’s ground. Jose will have a game plan, but I think we will be trying to go toe to toe with pace going forward. Realistically, the best I hope for is a draw. This game should provide a good atmosphere, provided the Spurs team do their bit to encourage the fans.

Match referee Mike Dean recently took charge of his 500th Premier League match. That was the 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Sheffield United. Mr. Dean's first Spurs game was a 3-1 home win against Derby in October 2000. His last Spurs game was the 1-0 league defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day. As for City, Mr Dean last saw them in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United, which was won 3-1 by City. Mr. Dean had charge of the Villa v Leicester tie this week. Manchester City won promotion to the Premier League in 2000 and I found a couple of games in 2000-01 when they were refereed by Mr. Dean. They lost both - 3-2 at home to Ipswich and 4-0 at home to Leeds.

Incidentally, in that 2000-01 season, Spurs drew 0-0 at home and beat City way 1-0 in February 2001. That was our first away league win of the season. We had George Graham at the helm, and the one and only Jim Duggan shared his report with Spurs Odyssey.

· "Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 3rd February, 2010, we beat Leeds 3-1 away in an FA Cup 4th Rd replay. Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick. I had a scary day.

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