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Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Manchester City FC

White Hart Lane

9th December 2007


Tottenham Hotspur v MCFC

A key game for both sides as they aim to put a marker on their season. Tottenham hoping to kick start their season and City hoping to keep tabs with the league's pacesetters. City are probably without the key influential figure of Elano yet again; but more importantly the FA rightly upheld the sending off of Robbie Keane which gave him a three match suspension and that deprives Tottenham with a player that scores for fun against City and always causes the City defence with a lot of problems.

Current Strikers?

Eriksson talks about the striking situation: 'When we talk about 'first choice` for the strikers, it`s a little bit like it is for the goalkeepers here at the moment.

'We change them and maybe we don`t want to change. So I know who is going to play on Sunday, but I will not tell you.'

'Yes, I feel sorry for Bianchi, of course I do.' So not written out of his plans yet then? 'No he's not,' came the sharp reply

'It`s a choice for me and in my job I must pick the one who looks the best out there on the training pitches and who we think will do the best job for us.'

Tottenham Hotspur FC Team News:

Tottenham full-backs Pascal Chimbonda and Young-Pyo Lee face late fitness tests after picking up knocks during the UEFA Cup clash against Anderlecht.

Striker Robbie Keane starts his three-match ban for his red card against Birmingham on 2 December.

Tottenham will likely be without Gareth Bale due to a foot injury.

Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov

The Bulgarian striker is world class and even though he has his detractors about being a bit of a lazy player, he has the sublime skill to make a mug of all premiership defences on his day.

Manchester City FC Team News:

Elano is City's major doubt and I hope he is rested and left for at least next weekend. Mpenza is another doubt for City. City have Michael Johnson and Darius Vassell back in contention to boost the squad but will be without steadying midfield talisman Dietmar Hamann due to a one match suspension.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

He blows hot and cold but he has a devastating left foot and pace to burn that can cause defences all sorts of problems.

Match Facts & Stats

City's overall record against Tottenham is one in City's favour, but in recent years Tottenham have certainly had the upper hand and City have only achieved five points in ten premier league games at White Hart Lane.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey - twice refereed a City match this season; both being away draws and both being good displays by the Lancashire man. So I expect another fair display.

Match Prediction:

Just like last week at Wigan, I expect City to score first, but Tottenham will pile the pressure on and get an equalizer as City fall asleep for a five minute spell. THFC 1 - 1 MCFC.

Next Fixtures:

Bolton at Home next Saturday. Unusually a 3pm kick off as well.

The journalist

Writer: Gavin Cooper Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 8 2007

Time: 5:27PM

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With our defence im sure you will get 2 goals. So im going for a 2-2 draw here.
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08/12/2007 19:23:00
Go Hitman!
Craig Cain
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08/12/2007 20:25:00
Ricky in the 8th ..... Followed by a 2-1 win for the blues. I'll be shattered by 5pm tomorrow.
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08/12/2007 20:38:00
Be brilliant to bag that double header tomorrow! MCFC celebrations in Las Vegas and London? I'll take a win any which way it comes tomorrow to settle us into the heavy phase of games we face.
Johnny Baguette
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08/12/2007 21:06:00
spurs have been more miss than hit so far, but are very capable of performing well, im sure sven will be looking to take advantage of the areal defficiencies of zokora if he plays CB tomorrow, he is fine on the ground but gets caught out in the air, this could be just the game for Samaras (if fit) to cause problems.
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08/12/2007 21:12:00
ronin - complex carbohydrates and strong coffee mate (yeah right) wont be easy.
Craig Cain
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08/12/2007 21:24:00
A big opportunity for us to get back in the top four, one point will do it but we must go all out for the three.
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08/12/2007 22:26:00
I am afraid will be Boring match for the presence of some reservations, Becouse the match Cup, which will be after two weeks .
city 81
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09/12/2007 13:03:00
After 9 Days only.
city 81
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09/12/2007 13:12:00
We lost three important points (especially after Liverpool, Arsenal, Blackburn loss this week)
city 81
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09/12/2007 22:52:00
Took a bottle of scotch and a pistol into a darkened room Sunday - what a f'cking weekend. Why we didn't we start with Geo and Bianchi?
Craig Cain
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10/12/2007 15:11:00
agreed CC, not only did I think we'd start Geo and Bianchi, I also went 0-3 over the weekend, Hatton, then City, and then a 3-2 loss with my indoor team on Sunday night...the beer wasn't bitter in name alone this weekend. Harsh times, and that Chimbonda 'goal' was horrid, call either the offside or the hand, but call something.
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10/12/2007 15:29:00
Agree, that goal was a shocker. What chance hitman v mayweather at light-welter in the UK?
Craig Cain
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10/12/2007 16:42:00
Craig Cain can't see Mayweather dropping down to Lightwelterweight. Hatton was out classed. Im gutted for him Ive been to see a couple of Hatton's fights live and he is one of my sporting hereo's. Totally gutted for him. Noticed that little slim ball Witter has come out of the wood work again. Hatton vs Cotto, now that would be a war.
Real Deal
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10/12/2007 20:29:00
Agree on Wittter btw - Hatton doesn't need to go backwards at this point. Not sure about Mayweather - he's essentially a greedy b'stard and could be tempted for one last pay day. He's also said he be up for fighting in the UK. De La Hoya would be a big mistake. Whatever, he needs to stay at 140lbs now.
Craig Cain
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11/12/2007 14:12:00
Easy Win For Mancs...........................!!!
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13/12/2007 09:05:00
O Maybe Not...OOps!
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13/12/2007 09:06:00
What the f'ck are you talking about?
Craig Cain
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13/12/2007 10:29:00
spurs are gona kill ya lads waaaaaaaaaaaay !
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