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Tottenham v Man City

White Hart Lane
Saturday, 19 March
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

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BIG-MATCH FACTS


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR against Manchester City at White Hart Lane evokes memories of last season's unforgettable FA Cup epic, when City fought back from 3-0 down at half time, to win 3-4 in stoppage time. This season's Cup run ended at Newcastle last Sunday for Spurs - and that 0-1 loss came in the middle of three defeats for the Londoners.

Martin Jol's side go into this match four points behind sixth placed Bolton and without a goal in three League and Cup outings. But they have not lost at home in any competition since Chelsea's 0-2 victory in the Premiership on 15 January, and they're looking to make Manchester City the third club on the spin to be beaten in the League at the Lane.

There was a share of the spoils in this fixture last season. Jermain Defoe came to Tottenham's rescue with his fifth goal for the club, after Nicolas Anelka had opened the scoring for City. The point a piece was an unsatisfactory conclusion for both sides. It meant Spurs had not beaten City in a home Premiership clash since the 1-0 victory on 13 January 1996.

MANCHESTER CITY play their first game since the surprisingly premature departure of manager Kevin Keegan. Stuart Pearce selects a side for the first time, looking for a winning start to stake his claim for the job permanently. Victory would also see City leapfrog Tottenham in the table.

City are sitting in mid table mediocrity, but lie third bottom on the form table. They've won just once in six League outings, and failed to score in four of the six. The victory was 2-3 at Norwich in the most recent game on the road. The Citizens have not posted successive victories on their Premiership travels this season. Beaten by Bolton in their last game at the City of Manchester Stadium, City are hoping to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since mid December.

The Citizens put in a limp display in this season's reverse fixture, decided by Freddie Kanoute's sensational 57th-minute winner for a Spurs side staging a revival under new manager Jol. City have not lost in three League visits to the Lane, but defeat this time would hand the Londoners their third 'double' over City in Premiership competition and sixth over them since the clubs first met in the League in 1910.


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Referee:

Barry Knight (Orpington)


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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR


Club stats
Fixtures
9th 39 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 8th
Lowest could fall: 10th

Lost the last three in all competitions.
Kept 11 clean sheets in the top division. Only Chelsea (22) and Manchester United (16) can beat that.
Scored five goals twice in this Premiership season, and conceded five once.
Ahead at half time in only three of 29 League matches, but gone on to win all three - against Birmingham (h), Southampton (h) and Everton (h).
Gone in all square at half time on 20 occasions in top League games. Only Everton (22) can eclipse that.

Looking for a fifth home game without defeat.
Lost only one of the last seven home Premiership games - winning five of them.
Scored 27 home goals so far in the Premiership. Arsenal are the only club who can beat it (39).
MANCHESTER CITY


Club stats
Fixtures
12th 36 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 9th
Lowest could fall: 12th

Chalked up one win in the last six Premiership matches. That being 2-3 at Norwich on 28 February.
Lost two of the last three in the top flight.
Gone 12 League games since last suffered back-to-back defeats.

Won one of six on the road in all competitions.
Won one of five Premiership games away from home.


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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR


Squad profiles

Michael BROWN began his professional career with Manchester City.
If he plays, Stephen KELLY will be making his 50th career League appearance.
MANCHESTER CITY


Squad profiles

If he figures, Ben THATCHER will be playing against a former club.


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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester City
12 April 2004 - Ref: Clive Foy
Spurs scorer: Defoe 52
Man City scorer: Anelka 25



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THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
11 December 2004 - Ref: Dermot Gallagher
Spurs scorer: Kanoute 57



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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Spurs 37 wins, Man City 44, Draws 30
Prem: Spurs 9 wins, Man City 2, Draws 4


HEAD TO HEAD at Spurs
League: Spurs 25 wins, Man City 14, Draws 16
Prem: Spurs 4 wins, Man City 1, Draws 2
 

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I reckon we'll draw 1-1.

Kanoute and Fowler, although I think that they're always more likely to win. The secret is scoring first. I reckon we'll like up like this:

------------------James
Onuoha----Dunne------Distin---Jordan
Croft------Bosvelt-----Barton----Musampa
------------BWP------Fowler

Subs: Weaver, Macken, Flood, Bischoff, Ireland.

Something like that. Psycho has said he'll give youth a chance.

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Go go man city! :stuckup:
 

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ARgh, looking good, and then concede a soft goal in the last 5 minutes. We looked more likely to win up until then. I thought BWP and Croft should have played.

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Unlucky City. I thought they played with grit and determination. Their guy that elbowed Barton is getting done for it. I cant believe the ref missed it.
 

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Hey TG1 good luck against the Crinkle cut fries. :pp
 

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After that we've got Leicester at the Walkers' Bowl. We'll have to watch out for that Salt & Lineker lad up front.
 

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Hey TG1 is that you in your avatar? :smileani:
 
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