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City vs. Spurs

God's own pitch

10/05/2011

19.45

On Sky

VMC Preview: Uh-Oh It's Spuds Again

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.

Vital Quotes:

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.


Ref Watch:

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:

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

Next Fixtures:

OMG! it's the actual FA Cup Final innit!




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Date:Monday May 9 2011

Time: 4:49PM

Your Comments

Johnson has been really poor lately but if we dare drop him to the bench for more than one game, the jingoistic media would tear us apart for "ruining" one of England's great hopes. This, as always, will be a tough game but they need to win more than us which may make them vulnerable to the counterattack. If Modric really does miss the game, that should help us a lot.
StuMCFC
Agreed Stuey. Above all else we need to hit them hard early doors.
Johnny Baguette
The boy Bale's absence is an awkward blessing as the lad as brilliant and I hope he gets back to full fitness soon. That said, if Spurs are up for a Milner, Jo and Kolarov plus a mountain of dosh swap, drop us a line!
Johnny Baguette
Tough game but if we don't secure 4th with 3 points I think I may have to go into rehab. Come on boys get the job finished........
Doody
It's easier for me being a City fan in a country that thinks football is for children (and yet toss around a leather ball while wearing pads, go figure...) so if we somehow manage to lose our grip on 4th I would be able to live peacefully. I hope, for the sake of all the Citizens in the UK and abroad, that we can get three measly points from our last three games.
PhillyBlueMoon
Tonights the night philly .......
Doody
Great predicting Redmond - 10/11 for the team and nailing the correct score. Well done mate.
Thaibluefan
 

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