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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Man City v Spurs, 16.12.17

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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          20 10  3  7   27 -31  33
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Total(Prem)   40 23  6 11   59 -54  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)   40 23  6 11   59 -54  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  136 51 31 54  184-209 158
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Man City   -    WWWWWW

Leicester  0-2    Man City
Hds'field  1-2    Man City
Man City   2-1    S'hampton
Man City   2-1    West Ham
Man Utd    1-2    Man City
Swansea    0-4    Man City
    
Spurs      -    LDLDWW
           
Arsenal    2-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    West Brom
Leicester  2-1    Spurs
Watford    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      5-1    Stoke
Spurs      2-0    Brighton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Man City  17 16  1  0  52-11  41   49
4. Spurs     17  9  4  4  30-14  16   31

Call me stupidly optimistic if you like!

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are currently on a record-breaking phenomenal run of 15 consecutive Premier League wins. I won't mention the team whose 14 game record was beaten, but Spurs (1960) and Chelsea (last year) had previously achieved 13 successive wins. It was Spurs who ended Chelsea's run with that fantastic 2-0 win on 2nd January this year, and last year on 2nd October, it was Spurs who ended City's 100% record in their first 6 Premier League games of the season.

Despite City's current record; their 11 point lead in the Premier League, and their awesomeness (if that is a word!) in the eyes of pundits and football observers, there is no reason why Spurs cannot go to The Etihad tomorrow; do a decent job of work, and even end that record. Why, they could even win this game!

Call me stupidly optimistic if you like, but we are the team that beat the reigning European Champions (and Club World Cup finalists) Real Madrid 3-1, and we drew at their place, and we deserved both those results. We are the team who beat City last October, and we are the team which came back from 2-0 down in January to draw at The Etihad.

Dele Alli scored in both our games against City last season, and in-form Son Heung-min scored our 77th minute equalising goal. There had been a moment of controversy just before that goal when Kyle Walker allegedly nudged Raheem Sterling in the back, but nothing was given, and it's goals that count! We have had to come to terms with the fact that the best full back in the country now plays for City, and I am sure we will see him tomorrow as he was rested for City's 4-0 thrashing of Swansea on Wednesday night.

Man City have had to come to terms with enforced adjustments to their defence with England's John Stones (who finally seemed to hit form for City this season) out till January. Benjamin Mendy was one of Guardiola's massive money signings in the summer but he has been out with a cruciate knee injury since September, and won't be seen till late in the season. Another of those signings - Danilo - hasn't been a regular starter, and there is always doubt about Vincent Kompany's fitness.

City's achievements are all the more notable bearing in mind those difficulties. Otamendi has suffered lapses in the past, but has played all but one of City's Premier League games. Fabian Delph, signed by City two years ago, has already played more games this season than in the previous two put together. He's played games at left back too.

City have their defensive frailties, but their undoubted strength and danger is in attack with De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in wonderful form. 52 goals in those 17 games and a positive goal difference of 41 already says it all.

Other teams have made it difficult for City this season, sometimes even at their place. Why shouldn't we? Ronald Koeman's Everton got their best early result of the season with a draw on Matchday Two. Huddersfield had a half-time lead (alright, it was an Otamendi own goal!), and so did West Ham, although both sides succumbed 2-1 in the end.

We can do this! Mauricio Pochettino has played four at the back in our last two games, and has to manage without the suspended Davinson Sanchez for the third and final time tomorrow. I fancy that one way or the other, "Poch" will play five tomorrow. Whether that includes 19 year old Juan Foyth, I don't know. I doubt it. Former City player Kieran Trippier will surely play, and I fancy both Ben Davies and Danny Rose will play, with Davies one of the three central defenders. The front four picks itself (Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane). How we'd love to have Victor Wanyama fit enough to play in front of the defence, but I don't think that is the case. Maybe Eriksen or Dele will fall back to play beside Dembele or Winks, allowing Lamela to start again. Only "Poch" knows at this time.

Call me stupidly optimistic if you like (that's another invitation), but I have predicted a 2-1 win to Spurs. Go and check the odds! I am licking my lips at the prospect of Spurs going toe to toe in a fantastic game of football!

Referee Craig Pawson is not someone who gives me much confidence, to be honest. We haven't seen him since an away draw at Bournemouth in October last year. That seems a long time. Perhaps there is a reason for that. Mr. Pawson's Spurs Odyssey average in 9 games is moderate at only 5.41. Perhaps that will improve tomorrow. He was in charge of the Liverpool derby last week, and does have the confidence of UEFA, as he has refereed a number of games across Europe in the last year.

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