Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

This Sunday sees City travel down to London for a showdown with Spurs. It's no secret that City have got off to a great start with back to back wins and scoring 7 in the process, while Spurs on the other hand have had a game postponed due to the riots and then capitulated to United in the 2nd half of Monday's fixture.

Spurs are likely to be without several players as they face an early injury crisis at the club and even if they manage to complete the loan of Adebayor he will not be able to feature against the Blues. City on the other hand have no long term injury troubles to worry about with only Nigel De Jong being a slight doubt for a starting spot after getting a knock against Swansea. Knowing Mancini he will wait for Nigel to be 100% before putting him back into action, such is the luxury of having a squad like City's.

The fixtures against Redknapp's men have been quite tasty of late with both teams fighting for top 4 spots in the last 2 seasons. This season though, City wont just be fighting for a top 4 finish, but will be trying to push for the Premier League title after spending around another £75m in the transfer market.

City came out with a 0-0 draw the last time they went to White Hart Lane, but with them being in such good goal scoring form of late you wouldn't put money on them not scoring on Sunday. Spurs have yet to get off the mark as far as anything positive is concerned and will be desperate to do so after the defeat on Monday.

Quite possibly the most dangerous player in the Spurs team is Dutch attacking midfielder Van Der Vaart. Last season Van Der Vaart notched up 13 Premier League goals and managed 9 assists proving that he is definitely one that the defence needs to keep an eye on.

One duel that could catch the eye is that between Micah Richards and Donkey Kong lookalike Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger drew many plaudits last season, however for as many people who raved about him there were an equal number of people saying that he was simply overrated. Richards has also been on fine form for around the last 12 months and although there have still been murmurings about his positional awareness he is back in contention for an England call up.

City fans will be eager to see the club's latest signing Samir Nasri get his first game, and although he is clearly match fit I think he will only make the bench due to his lack of time with his new teammates.

David Silva will no doubt be instrumental in how City perform and Edin Dzeko will want to continue on his scoring run having scored in his last 4 outings for City.

A City win would be a safe bet on current form, but the game could well prove to be a very open one and closer than would be desired, especially if De Jong isn't in the squad to take care of Van Der Vaart.

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