Fan Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City


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Man City come to WHL on Wednesday night in a game that gives us an early opportunity to get the taste of big bad wolf out of our mouths.

We’ve a good record against City at home with only one defeat in the last 12 games. Amazingly the result has been 2-1 to us in all of the last five seasons.

City have played a game less than us and we’re a point ahead so a win would give us an important advantage as far as the statisticians are concerned. More significantly it would revive what has, surprisingly quickly, become a rather fragile looking tilt at the top four/five/six. Oozing confidence & class after the Wigan result, we’ve picked up a mere two points from the nine available since. On the day Defoe missed a penalty that would’ve given us an extra couple of points, Lampard missed from the spot at Middle Eastlands and City got all three against Chelski. Combine this with Villa’s run of form and all of a sudden our tussle for third has become a fight for fifth.

If our defence continues to leak goals at an uncomfortable rate the forwards need to keep scoring. Harry seems to be playing an open style on purpose presumably believing that it’s going to bring the best out of Lennon, Defoe et al and obviously the number of five (and nine) goal hauls we’ve collected tend to prove him right. However we’re firing blanks in an average of one in four of our league games which isn’t good enough. City bring a defence that also finds clean sheets an aberration so in theory we should be in for a goalfest. That nice Craig Bellamy is suspended which means we may get a look at potential January target Martin Petrov. Badebayor should be playing up front with Tevez unless Hughes goes for the seasonal touch & the fresh legs of Santa Cruz. Wayne Bridge is injured and Alan Wiley is the ref Hughes will be moaning about afterwards.

For us Jermain Jenas is still recovering from his Friday night lasagne so is doubtful whilst Modric isn’t fit enough to start. Thus Crouch for Keane may be the only swap from Saturday. A win is needed to clear the current depressed air around the side. Things could be better no doubt but our good start to the season means we’re still in a strong position. City have shown they’re a decent side and so anything half hearted and we’ll suffer, but if we show full commitment then we have the firepower to lift the spirits & banish the Sky Blues.

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  1. Not confident at all about tonight! This was supposed to be the period where we stamped out foot on 4th place, instead we have been limping along as usual. Why O Why do Defoe, Hudd etc believe the hype and think they are good enough to coast? A rocket up Defoes A**e and Hudd A**e hitting the bench should do the trick!

  2. Ossie, dont be too harsh on Defoe or Thudd, after all the team is made of 11 players. Its gonna be difficult tonight, i can see it being a draw or us to win be the odd goal, however after the embarassing defeat to wolves on the weekend, i hope to god that we dont loose this game, so much is riding on it. Defoe upfront can do the business as we have all seen, but for me keane and crouchy are just not cutting the mustard, that usually would open the door for Pav , but Arry has a bug up his arse and wont let the lad play. Let Pav show us what he is made of, give him the chance.
    COYS – i reckon 2-1 to Spurs : ) COYS

  3. The reason Defoe got a dig, is because e can do it, Crouch and Keane have never been top class, Defoe can be but always seems to follow media praise by a run of poor performances. Would love Pav to play, he and JD look good when they played together last year. Though not to confident, will be screaming the boys on as usual!


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