Spurs perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog
All the attention is on Gareth Bale but there’s no word from the club as yet as to whether the winger is fit to return to the side for Sunday’s game. Aaron Lennon’s planned comeback is still a couple off weeks off, but Jermain Defoe is expected to be available after his own injury lay-off.
Tottenham’s form is mixed at best with just four points from a possible 12 in the league. The absence of Bale has clearly hurt the side but the real concern is the lack of goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and – when fit – Defoe. However, the ten-day break since our last game will hopefully work in our favour.
Last season’s corresponding fixture was instantly forgettable from a Spurs fan’s perspective and some will be concerned that this injury-hit side is capable of succumbing to another 5-1 defeat. Prior to that match, however, our form against City at White Hart Lane was quite respectable, with a draw in 2010-11 and a comfortable 3-0 win in the previous campaign.
Both teams to score at 1.65. It’s rare for this to not come in when Spurs are playing
Over 3.5 goals at 3.10. It should be an attacking contest and hopefully some of the goals will go in the right end from a Spurs point of view.
Clint Dempsey to score at 4.00. The American international has poached some important goals this season and that seems an excellent price.
Score prediction: Spurs 2-2 Manchester City (14.00)
Man City perspective: Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC
David Silva and Sergio Aguero are both rated doubtful with hamstring strains, but Roberto Mancini has an otherwise full complement to select from. Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Matija Nastasic and James Milner will expect to be restored to the starting XI after sitting out the midweek win against Wigan. Edin Dzeko will start if Aguero doesn’t recover.
City are in good form at present, with four victories on the bounce against Newcastle, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wigan. The performance against the Latics was a little lethargic, and we required a late moment of brilliance from Carlos Tevez to seal the victory, but that was perhaps to be expected after the Manchester derby and F.A. Cup semi-final took their toll.
The overall record between the two clubs is very even, with City winning 54 games compared to Spurs’ 56 in the 144 games played in all competitions. Historically, we’ve struggled at White Hart Lane (certainly during the Premiership era) but last season’s comprehensive 5-1 drubbing will give confidence, as will four successive victories against Spurs.
The draw at 3.35. The game is perhaps more important for Tottenham, who are looking to seal Champions League qualification. City looked weary on Wednesday night but will hopefully rise to the challenge of a big game, as they have done so often in the recent past.
Carlos Tevez to score at 3.00. Tevez has been in fine form lately and is well priced to score.
Over 3.5 goals at 3.10. I envisage a high-scoring game at White Hart Lane.
Score prediction: Spurs 2-2 Man City (14.00)
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