Saturday, 21 January 2012

City vs Tottenham: Match Preview

City go into this game five points ahead of their opponents, who could only manage a draw at home to struggling Wolves last weekend. City, on the other hand, strengthened their title bid with victory at the DW Stadium, as they overcame Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic.
Dzeko was inspirational in the reverse fixture
last August

It was a win which would've pleased everyone connected with the Blues after such a mixed spell over the past month. Consecutive cup defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool meant that City really needed to pick up something to take the pressure off of them at the top, and an Edin Dzeko goal helped to make that happen.

It was also Dzeko who provided a performance that will be savoured for many years to come in the reverse fixture in August. City cruised to a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane thanks to the Bosnian hitman, as he scored four of the five goals, with a few of them being potential goal of the season contenders. And it is worth pointing out that whenever Dzeko scores, City seem to win. His goal on Monday night was the ninth game in which he has scored this season, and we have won all of them nine games!
Adebayor: Big miss for

City will be looking to complete their first double over Tottenham for nearly 20 years, which proves Spurs will be totally different opposition to Wigan. Harry Redknapp's team are now seven games unbeaten, and a win for Spurs will close the gap at the top to just two points. It is expected that Jermaine Defoe will lead the line for them, due to Emmanuel Adebayor being unable to play.

Due to the absence of Adebayor, Spurs' fans will be hoping that the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon can step up to the plate at a ground which is fast becoming a increasing difficult place to visit. City have won their last 15 Premier League games at home, which is a club top flight record, whilst Tottenham have only won the last three out of their six games.

We'll see you soon, Samir: Both Kompany
and Yaya are big misses for the Blues
But City are also missing some key players. Whilst both Micah Richards and Mario Balotelli are expected to make a return to the squad after injury, we are still without Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure. Whilst both the Toure brothers' are big losses, you'd have to argue that Yaya Toure has been much more influential, alongside captain Vincent Kompany.

It is also vital that both Micah Richards and Gael Clichy perform well if they are to be picked tomorrow, due to the threat that is present down the wings for Tottenham. If Clichy is to play, it will be his 250th club start, and I'm sure that he will love to cap it off with a win against his previous team's bitter rivals.

Personally, I can see City edging this game, particularly because Adebayor is missing for Tottenham. I just don't think that Defoe is as dangerous when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net, and if we can successfully mark the likes of Bale and Modric out of the game, this could easily be our 200th Premier League win. If we were to grab victory, I really would fancy us to win the league, and all but put Spurs out of the title race.

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