VMC Preview: Uh-Oh It's Spuds Again
God's own pitch
And we're back, why does this game seem like Déjà vu? Hopefully with a happier ending than last year. First let me say and I am sure like the vast majority of City fans, Spuds are only second to the Scum on the list of my most hated teams- if you're interested, Everton are 3rd.
Thankfully we are coming into this game in better form than last season, where we were stuttering and Spuds were flying, that said they are still a very decent team that is capable of beating the top teams (but invariably don't).
City came unstuck against Everton as usual, but unlike usually, we for the vast majority of the game controlled it, but that doesn't win games and we will have to show mettle in the air next Saturday where it is Stoke's game to pump balls into the box whereas Everton do at least try and play and then resort to long ball.
As expected (By me at least) there were a few changes to the Saturday's team, I would expect the side to change to accommodate Johnson and possibly Ballotelli, Barry will be rested as Milner has done well in the last 2 games. I was encouraged reading Mario's interview on Saturday morning only to ruin it by losing a 10 yard start to a ball when he had come as sub.
City Team News:
All our Injuries are clearing up, no suspensions to worry about. Please god, no one falls prey to Cup final curse (1 player gets injured/sent off before the cup final thus missing out).
Hart- Richards- Kompany- Lesccott- Kolarov- Milner- De Jong- Toure- Johnson- Silva- Dzeko
Player to watch: Adam Johnson
Terrible game last year against Essou- Ekoto- hopefully he will go better this year against Gallas or Kaboul
Spurs Team News:
Have Injury doubts about Bale, Modric, Crouch and Palacios. Although they have said, Bale is out, Modric is a major doubt, they are hopeful over the last 2 however, if Harry Redknapp told me the time I would check my watch.
Player to watch: Van Der Vaart
The man voted with the best wag, is a big game player so we will have to watch his runs from deep a la Cahill, Osman!
Match Facts & Stats
The Blues have only lost twice at home in all competitions since they were defeated by Tottenham on 5th May 2010.
El Apache has scored more league goals (19) than Defoe (4), Crouch (4) and Pavlyuchenko (8) put together.
Spurs have won only 1 of their last 12 matches in all competitions and have drawn 6 of their last 8 games.
Tottenham have beaten City in 11 out of their last 13 matches in the Premier League and won 19 Premier League matches against The Blues. Only the Arsenal, with 20 can beat that against City.
Mike Dean, Wirral 39 games reffed this season. 136 yellows and 6 reds. Sunderland 1 - 0 Man City Wolves 2 - 1 Man City Leicester 2 - 2 Man City Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
Match Prediction- Redknapp will wind me and 43,000 City fans by virtue of his existence, tough game, spurs will be out to prove a point, but so will City. City Win 1-0
OMG! it's the actual FA Cup Final innit!