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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Manchester City v Spurs, 03.12.23

. Last season's game - Man City 4 Spurs 2, 19.01.23
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          26 17  3  6   39 -27  54
Away          26 11  4 11   35 -47  37
Total(Prem)   52 28  7 17   74 -73  91  1.75 pts per game
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)   52 28  7 17   74 -73  91 
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
Grand Total  148 56 32 60  199-226 174

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man City    -     LWWWDD

Arsenal    1-0    Man City
Man City   2-1    Brighton
Man Utd    0-3    Man City
Man City   6-1    B'mouth
Chelsea    4-4    Man City
Man City   1-1    Liverpool 

Spurs       -     WWWLLL
Luton      0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Fulham
C. Palace  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-4    Chelsea
Wolves     2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    A. Villa

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Man City  13  9  2  2  33-13  20   29
6. Spurs     13  8  2  3  25-17   8   26

What chance for Spurs on Sunday?

Etihad Stadium- 19.01.23

Thanks to Andy Park for this picture

What chance do injury-weakened Spurs have this Sunday at The Etihad? I fear none is the answer. Whilst City are not exactly in their rampant best form, having drawn their last two games, and like Spurs also suffered defeat at Molineux earlier in the season, Pep's men showed character on Tuesday night when coming back from 2-0 down against Leipzig to cement their qualification for another Champions League knock-out phase.

Goal machine Erling Haaland scored the first of City's goals, all of which came in the second half. Last week, against Liverpool, Haaland became the fastest man to reach 50 Premier League goals after 48 games. Part of the reason for City's second half improvement against Leipzig was the introduction of 21-year-old £55 million signing Jeremy Doku for Jack Grealish. Grealish was a £100 million man, but Doku seems to have superceded him in impact this season. Doku was signed from Rennes, but took no part in our September 2021 European Conference League meeting.

City's 2022 signing Erling Haaland set a record for the most goals (36) scored in a single Premier League season, even beating totals that were achieved in a 42-match campaign. Haaland scored 52 goals in all competitions, a record for a Premier League player in a single campaign. His last club goal of last season was scored at Goodison Park on May 14th, after which he failed to score in five games, including the FA Cup Final and the Champions League Final.

Manchester City's trophy count under Pep Guardiola (appointed in July 2016) is 14 and consists of 5 (out of 7) Premier League titles, 4 Carabao Cups, 2 FA Cups, 2 Community Shields and of course last season's Champions League, which completed a famous treble.

Among our achievements during that spell were to finish runners-up above City in Pep's first season and to beat them famously in the 2019 Champions League quarter-final. Under the temporary leadership of Ryan Mason (in his second game in charge) we met City in the Covid-affected 2021 League Cup Final and lost 1-0.

When we played City at The Etihad last January we were in fifth place and City were second (to Arsenal). Then, we were six points behind. Now, the gap is three points. We are now in sixth place after Newcastle's 1-0 win over Manchester United last night. Our game is at 4.30pm on SKY.

In January, we were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals by Kulusevski and Emerson Royal, but second half goals by Haaland, Alvarez and two from Riyad Mahrez saw us off. Mahrez was one of those who left for Saudi Arabia in the summer. Another such departure was Aymeric Laporte.

Doku was Mahrez's replacement whilst Laporte's place in the squad went to Croatia centre-back Josko Gvardiol on a five-year deal from RB Leipzig for 90m euros (£77m). He is the second most expensive defender of all time after Harry Maguire, who joined Manchester United for £80m from Leicester City in 2019. Another high-profile City signing was that of midfielder Matheus Nunes from Wolves for £53m. Finally, City signed Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic for £25 million.

Former Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan, who scored the sensational opening goal in last season's FA Cup Final and played a vital part in City's treble success left at the end of his contract and went to Barcelona.

City have been missing ace midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who was injured on the opening day at Turf Moor and will not be seen before the New Year.

City secured their third successive Premier League title and their fifth in six seasons after Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest on May 20th. For former Spur Kyle Walker it was 10th major trophy including 5 Premier League titles. City's FA Cup and Champions League wins made that trophy figure 12.

On the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy, City had not been beaten in their previous 24 games in all competitions. Spurs had been the last team to beat City! They were beaten by Brentford on the last day of the season, giving "The Bees" a league double over City. Only Chelsea and Spurs had previously achieved this feat in a season where City won the Premier League title.

City equalled the record for the most consecutive Premier League titles by lifting the Trophy in three successive campaigns.

Spurs have won five of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City (L2) and each of their last four against them at home, by an aggregate scoreline of 6-0. We have scored the opening goal in six of our last seven Premier League games against Manchester City and in each of the last four.

Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have lost more Premier League games against Tottenham (6) than they have against any other side.

The Spurs injury list is as long as I can ever remember. Rodrigo Bentancur was sadly added (again) to that list when cruelly taken out of last week's game by Villa's Matty Cash. We will at least have Yves Bissouma back on Sunday, but Cristian Romero has one more match of his suspension to serve. We'll see "Cuti" next Thursday night when West Ham come visiting. Unfortunately, Pape Sarr is not fit to play at The Etihad.

I dare not predict anything other than a City win (3-1), but of course I hope for a good result for Spurs.

This is Simon Hooper's seventh game in charge of Spurs. His other Spurs match this season was our win over Liverpool where there was confusion between on- and off-field officials over Luis Diaz's disallowed goal. Mr. Hooper officiated in our 4-2 defeat at The Etihad in January.

Not a lot has been said recently about the 100+ alleged breaches of financial regulations by City and the potential repercussions, bearing in mind Everton's deduction of 10 points for just one charge. However, the latest information suggests this matter will be heard late next year! With a likely appeal, any sanctions are unlikely to be imposed before 2025.

Francis Lee, who died on October 22nd, aged 79, was one of the icons of City's 60s/70s side that won a League Championship, the FA Cup, League Cup, and the European Cup-winners' Cup. Lee played 27 times for England and was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad in Mexico. He signed for Dave Mackay's Derby in 1974 where he won another league title. Lee was also involved in an infamous on-field fight with Norman Hunter when at Derby. Both players were sent off.

Lee was a successful businessman and in 1994 returned to Maine Road as chairman of Manchester City after purchasing £3 million worth of shares. On taking control, Lee promised: "This will be the happiest club in the land. The players will be the best paid and we'll drink plenty of champagne, celebrate and sing until we're hoarse." Things did not work out as City dropped to the third tier, before the road back to the Premier League began in 1999's third-tier play-off final.

Last week, City unveiled a statue outside The Etihad of Lee, the late Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee, who is still very much part of the City scene.

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