Saturday, 27 August 2011

Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League
Time: 1.30pm GMT
Venue: White Hart Lane

It seems like after a few seasons of battling against each other for that fourth Champions League spot, Manchester City are finally edging ahead of Tottenham in their quest to become not only one of the best teams in England, but in Europe as well. It has been a contrasting pre season for both sides, with Manchester City bringing in a range of world class players whilst Tottenham are struggling to find top class talent due to their smaller wage budget. They have managed to prize Emmanuel Adebayor from City in the past few days on a season long loan, and this will prove to be a vital signing with the striking options being Tottenham’s weakest area in recent seasons. They have not had the easiest start to the season, and tomorrow will not get any easier for Spurs, as they face a City side eager to become the best and a potential front line of Aguero, Tevez, Nasri and Silva is worrying for even the best of European football. Below is a video of our last encounter with Spurs:

The Sky Blue View:

Key Player?
Archie: For me, I will go with Edin Dzeko. He will be a key man upfront and will need to perform well and grab a goal or two if we are to win.
Aaron: There a lot of players to pick from, but for this fixture I have to say Yaya Toure. With Nigel de Jong expected to miss out again due to an injury, Toure really needs to step up to the plate as Tottenham are a different kettle of fish to the likes of Bolton and Swansea.

Predicted City lineup?
Archie:                        Hart
         Richards  Kompany  Lescott   Kolarov
                     Yaya Toure   Barry
               Milner          Silva         Aguero

Aaron:                        Hart
          Richards  Kompany  Lescott  Clichy
                     Yaya Toure   Barry
                Milner       Aguero         Silva

Most dangerous Tottenham player?

Archie: Luka Modric or Gareth Bale. Both players are capable of playing magnificent defence
Modric is Tottenham's key player: Will he stay though?

splitting passes, and also more than capable of producing a great shot or two.

Aaron: It seems like he is ever closer to going out the door, but if he plays, Luka Modric has the pot
ential to cause a lot of danger to our defence. He will want to put in one last top class performance for the manager who turned him into what he is now.

Archie: 3-1 to the Blues.
Aaron: Will be happy with a draw but there’s every chance we can grab a win at a traditionally unlucky ground for us.

“and in the other corner...”
This week, we asked Tottenham fan Alex Mclean to answer some questions about his club and their chances tomorrow. Alex is the owner of and is a keen blogger like us here at TSBV.

TSBV: Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Before we start, I think it would be rude not to ask your opinion on last season's crunch match between our clubs where Peter Crouch scored in the same position as the season before, albeit for the other team. What did you make of this game and the repercussions for Tottenham?
Alex: In my opinion I thought the Champions League was already out of reach for us as you were 3 or 4 points ahead at the time and I didn’t see us being able to catch you even if did beat you. With regards to the repercussions, you only have to look at who we drew in our group for the Europa League. Rubin Kazan, Paok FC and Shamrock Rovers are our opponents, compared to last season when we faced AC Milan, Werder Bremen and FC Twente in the Champions League. Of course we have also missed out on a lot of money from the competition as well, something like £25 million which is a very large sum of money.

TSBV: You recently signed Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from us, are you glad with this signing? And do you think Redknapp will delve into the market before the window closes on Wednesday?
Alex: I am glad in the sense that if he delivers he can deliver well. He is like Crouch and Defoe wrapped in one and he is what we’ve been missing from our team, a 20-goal-a-season striker. However, because of his dealings with Arsenal he will have to impress early on for Spurs fans to forgive him and like him. In terms of other signings, we’ve been linked with Diarra and Parker in the past couple of days and if we get them then our midfield will be strengthened significantly and personally I can’t see anyone with a better midfield than us apart from City and maybe United on their day.

TSBV: Here at TSBV we believe that you will finish 6th this season? What do you think of our prediction?
Alex: It’s a fair prediction and I can see us, Liverpool and Arsenal battling it out for 4th 5th and 6th so I can see us finishing anywhere there. Although as long as we finally finish above Arsenal I think we could finish 10th and still be satisfied!

TSBV: And now a question we ask everyone... what are your views about City at the moment? And what do you rate of our chances this season?
Alex: I honestly think you have bought success, but I can’t blame you. If someone bought Tottenham with that sort of money I’m sure we and any other club would feel the same. In terms of the league, even though I think you have a good chance, United are too strong and have a feeling they will beat you to the title. After seeing them beat us on Monday night I can’t see anyone beating them to the title.

TSBV: Now onto Sunday! Who do you think will be your key player tomorrow and why?
Alex: If he plays and performs well, our key player will be Modric. It seems as if when he performs, the whole team does as well. However, if he goes out there with a poor attitude not putting effort in it will rub off on the rest of the team and we will probably get beat like we did against United.

TSBV: Predicted Spurs lineup?
        Walker   Dawson  Kaboul   Assou-Ekotto
       Lennon    Modric  Huddlestone       Bale
                      Van der Vaart

Silva has been our best player so far,
and Alex agrees.
TSBV: Who will be the biggest City threat in your opinion and why?
LL: David Silva because he can pick a pass anywhere and has proven to already be a real danger this season. If our midfield stifles his movements we will have a very good chance on the break.

TSBV: And finally, what is your prediction for the game?
LL: I’m going to be fully biased and go for a 3-2 win for Spurs. Think it will be a cracking game with lots of goals!

Thanks to Alex for taking the time out, and good luck for the rest of the season. As well as having a look at his website, you can also follow Alex on twitter: @AlMacca_

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