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Full Record of Spurs -v- Manchester City


Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          20 13  3  4   32 -23  42
Away          21 10  3  8   28 -35  33
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Total(Prem)   41 23  6 12   60 -58  75
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   46 21 13 12   84 -59  58
Away(Div 1)   46  7 11 28   39 -90  24
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Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    2  0  1  1    2 - 3   1
Away(Div 2)    2  0  0  2    0 - 3   0
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Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Total(Prem)   41 23  6 12   60 -58  75
Total(Div 1)  92 28 24 40  123 -149 82
Total(Div 2)   4  0  1  3    2 - 6   1
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Grand Total  137 51 31 55  185-213 158
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWWWW
           
Spurs      1-0    Arsenal
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Hds'field
B'mouth    1-4    Spurs
Chelsea    1-3    Spurs
Stoke      1-2    Spurs

Man City   -    WWWWWL

Man City   5-1    Leicester
Arsenal    0-3    Man City
Man City   1-0    Chelsea
Stoke      0-2    Man City
Everton    1-3    Man City
Man City   2-3    Man Utd

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Man City  32 27  3  2  90-24  66   84
 4. Spurs     32 20  7  5  64-27  37   67

Let's celebrate "St. Hotspur Day" in style!

A full 27 years have passed since Paul Gascoigne beat David Seaman with that magical free kick in the FA Cup semi-final of 1991 against Arsenal. For the first time we have the opportunity to celebrate this anniversary on the original site of the marvellous event, if not in the same stadium. This is not an FA Cup semi-final (that comes next week!), but it is a game which promises to be a humdinger. We have a 7.45pm Saturday kick-off which presages more of the same due to the latest TV rights agreement which will come into force in 2019 with 8 Saturday night games. My last train to Chesterfield leaves St Pancras at 8.55pm! As is so often the case, the impact on the fans comes low in the thoughts of those who arrange Premier League deals and schedules. Luckily, I have a viable alternative means of travel available.

Cast your mind back to this season's away game against a rampant Man City at The Etihad. It was our last Premier League defeat - before we went on a 14 game unbeaten run equalling our record in this competition. City had already won 16 of their 17 games, and were being hailed as Champions elect before Christmas. They were strongly fancied for an unprecedented quadruple. They cast a weakened Spurs aside (we were missing key defenders Alderweireld, Sanchez and Wanyama), and continued their domination of the Premier League until they were expected to seal the title with a win against their Manchester rivals last week. We all kmow what happened as Mourinho's men completed an astounding comeback to win the game 3-2 and put City's celebrations on hold.

Of course, City's fans were desperate to seal the title against their hated rivals. That defeat fell between an amazing Champions League exit conjured up by Liverpool, who also beat Guardiola's side 4-3 in an exciting Premier League game in January. This all means that City have lost three successive games for the first time in two years. On that occasion, in February 2016, Spurs were one of the three sides who conquered City, and it was at The Etihad. Why shouldn't Spurs make it four defeats on the trot for City tomorrow? Incidentally, Pep Guardiola has never managed a side that has lost four games on the trot!

Spurs are as short as 1/33 to qualify for the Champions League and all bets have effectively closed on City winning the title (1/1000), so is there really much riding on this game? Well, perhaps not, but City will be keen to regain their winning form and to secure that title as soon as possible. They did win the League Cup (against Arsenal) in February, but that magical quadruple chance vanished with a shock FA Cup defeat at Wigan, and now with the Champions Leaague exit their season will surely be tinged with disappointment.

As for Spurs, this will be our first home game in a full five weeks, but that has not prevented us from maintaining an impressive winning run of 7 consecutive domestic games, 6 of which have been in the Premier League. Why, our Premier League form is better than City's over the last 6 games, and we are unbeaten in domestic football in 2018! Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to maintain the winning momentum, and in the same way that City want to secure the title as soon as they can, Spurs want to make certain of Champions League qualification. We only need 9 points from our last 6 games to make that a reality. For the first time this year fourth place ensures Champions League group stage football for Premier League teams. After City's defeat last Saturday, Spurs can mathematically win the title! (Okay, I'll get back to reality!)

Guardiola will have to manage on Saturday without Fernandinho, who has to serve a two match premier league suspension following his tenth booking in domestic football. Fernandinho has been one of Guardiola's key players this season, making 29 league starts. City have been without one of their major signings - Benjamin Mendy - since September, but John Stones and Sergio Aguero will also be absent.

Watching Liverpool's first half performance on Tuesday, I was finally convinced of the benefits of playing out from the back which is the style of both Guardiola and Pochettino, and so many coaches these days. Yes, Liverpool were under severe pressure due to City's 6 or 7 man attack, but simply hoofing the ball upfield in the hope of finding a team-mate just did not work for them. the reason they had second half success came from a more measured approach with considered, accurate and not panicky passing. Of course, once that man Salah scored in the 56th minute, City had an insurpassable five-goal wall to climb.

It will be interesting to see how City's players respond mentally after their Champions League exit. Aguero didn't start on Tuesday, or indeed last Saturday. The very latest news is that Aguero is out with a knee injury, so we will not be seeing the man who has scored 10 Premier league goals against Spurs. Only Shearer, Rooney and Hasselbaink have scored more against us in the Premier League era.

Spurs will be without Danny Rose, who has a calf strain, but Ben Davies was always tomorrow's likely left back starter. Harry Winks is in Qatar for more remedial treatment regarding a worrying ankle injury, and Kyle Walker-Peters is also out of the frame with a hamstring problem.

City can have their Premier League title next week, or the week after, but I am feeling quietly confident that Spurs can extend their losing run and take this game 2-1! Let's celebrate "St. Hotspur Day" in style!

Referee Jon Moss has only been in charge of two Spurs games this season. Those were both away - at Old Trafford and Anfield. It's time Mr Moss saw us win!

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 13th April, 1998, Nicola Berti scored his last Spurs goal in a 1-1 home draw against Coventry.

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