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Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

City of Manchester Stadium

18th December 2007


MCFC v Tottenham HFC

City's third quarter final cup clash in as many seasons has twice led to disappointing outcomes. Tonight is perhaps third time lucky when we make the step to the semi finals and ultimately a great final at Wembley.

aving said that, we face a Tottenham side that have found a mini revival thanks to completely inept officiating at White Hart Lane ten days ago where allowing Chimbonda's goal changed the the whole complex of the game.

Wembley is Calling

Sven says: 'I think it's a dream for every player, coach, and manager to be at Wembley for a game and of course it's my dream as well to sit on the bench at Wembley.

'The last qualification game England played before I took up the job was at Wembley and the first after I left was Wembley.

'I had hoped to sit on the bench there because it was planned the last game before the World Cup should be played at the new stadium. But it was delayed almost a year. So it was destiny.'

He then talks about the game ten days ago: 'I don't think that will have any bearing on the game, we're playing at home where our record is good. It's a different game, although we played quite well at White Hart Lane.

'If we play as we did in the second half against Bolton we have a good chance of getting to the semi finals. It will be tough of course, Spurs had a great win at the weekend.

'This is a very important game for everyone around Manchester City, to reach the semi final of a big competition would be great for us.'

Manchester City Team News:

City thankfully are virtually back to a full squad; all but Stephen Ireland(3 Match Ban) and Valeri Bojinov(long term knee injury).

ood news in that Joe Hart also replaces the most indecisive goalkeeper we have had for years in Andreas Isaksson and does not communicate with the back four.

Player to watch: Elano Blumer

City's megastar is set to return with his influential footballing brain and magic feet.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

Michael Dawson is again out following a migraine that required hospital checks, with midfielder Didier Zokora set to continue in his place at the back.

aptain Robbie Keane serves the last of his 3 match ban this evening and so Paul Robinson has been given the Captain's armband for this fixture. Darren Bent is a doubt through a hip injury so Juande Ramos may start with Berbatov and Defoe up front.

Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov

As he showed at White Hart Lane ten days ago he has lots of skill with some great touches, and he also has the ability to deceive referee's on their decision making.

Match Facts & Stats

Having Met Tottenham on a regular basis in the FA cup, we have only met them twice in the league cup; both times inside the last 15 years. The first time was October 1992 with a Vinny Samways goal settling a one nil victory in Tottenham's favour at Maine Road and a 3 - 1 away defeat at White Hart Lane just prior to our great 3 - 4 FA cup victory in the 2003/4 season. But one of the worst stats of that away league defeat was that even Helder Postiga scored against us.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett; or Count Dracula as he is affectionately known. This is his second City game this season. His first being the 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough at home. He deservedly booked Richards and Geovanni late on.

Match Prediction:

A very close fought game, but even though Portsmouth failed to score against them at the weekend, Tottenham's defence is very suspect and I fancy a 2-0 victory to City.

Next Fixtures:

Away to Aston Villa Saturday 22nd December with a 3pm kick off.

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The journalist

Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 18 2007

Time: 4:47PM

Your Comments

Your having a laugh if you think you will keep a clean sheet against us..You couldnt deal with Berbatov last week and you wont again, same with Defoe and he will be starting this time tonight. I fancy another 2-1 Spurs.
Both teams will score - Its going to be tight. If ita a draw does that mean a replay back at the lane or extra time and pens....?
ET and Pens if Draw
Stupot87 in case you are wondering Berbatov did not score a week last Sunday. City may not have looked threatening at White Hart Lane, but nether did Tottenham. That ridiculous goal that I said in my article changed the game completely and so I am fully justified in my belief that we will shut you out because tonight we now have a top goalkeeper playing and you have to deal with the threat of Elano.
it will be interesting to see how zokora and kaboul cope with elano and co, it may actually be a blessing as your strikers are not the tallest, so our defence may benefit from having the added pace of zokora and kaboul over dawsons height but lack of pace, If I were ericsson I would pick a striker with height who may take advantage of the weakness in areal ability of zokora.
* our best fit defensive player based on current form
I reckon MCFC can do it and give Spurs the flogging they deserve, 3-1 Man City and a hatrick to Elano.
GreenGiant..yeah that will really happen. I fancy a 2-0 win with Malbranque getting a goal late one. Come on you Spurs!!
Crystal Ball Daz? Mine shows 1000's of Citeh supporters leaving the ground around the same time, heads pointing to the ground while hearing the roar of the travelling crowd shouting COYS.
What a guess eh? These lot thought theyd do us 4-1 over on Sportingo! HA. they also claim they are a MUCH bigger club than us. Please dont make me laugh.
daz, I am still rolling around from the one about Berbatov joining them. They are a 2 bit outfit and as can be seen on this site only a few deluded fans. Never mind MCFC there is always next season, whats left for you in this one is a nice downward run of the PL ladder back to mid table obscurity where you belong.
Ah yes, the post game trash talk with the benefit of not saying word one before the match. Deluded TergeHauge? No, just able to see that 4th in the standings is a lot closer to top than 12th, which may be seen by some as 'mid table obscurity'. But I'll give credit where its due, tonight your boys played a great game with weird calls going both ways. But Berbatov? He's heading away from you soon enough once a fee is set, just not here...but don't worry I won't be logging onto your site slagging off, as I'm just too deluded to see how Spurs will make up enough points on the PL ladder to bother.
blue like all city fans seem to be very deluded.....are you forgetting that there are many months left in the prem, and that we will absolutely climb up the and all the other mental patients keep going on about your "4th in the table" position, if you think thats where your going to finish, then your even more deluded than i think....but i understand your optimism...for a club who hasnt won silverware in DECADES, and spent much of your existence being relegated, and forever living in the shadow of that other team in manchester, i suppose you aint doing bad this year!
Man City are a good team now they have Sven and a sugar daddy. But Tottenahm are a better team. Thats twice we have deafeted you lot within two weeks. I just wish we had Ramos in charge from the start of the season, then people would see what we are all about. Better late than never anyway. COME ON YOU SPURS!
Real Deal
Lillywhites, do I think we're staying 4th all year, no, and I've never said that, however if someone like TergeHauge is going to slag off after a match on ths site they, and any other Spurs fan should expect some sort of reply. What kills me is that on your own 'vital' site TergeHauge doesn't even know your own team.If you look at the board after the game he asks who this person "Tanio" is...not only does he spell the name wrong, he seems to have missed the fact he's been on your squad for over 2 stick from knowledgable fans I can take, but from people who can't name their own squad, never.
***** me they've won three in a row and now, like their pre season boasts, their top four calibre again. The only real thing top four about Tottenham in reality is their ability to get a ropey decision go in their favour. Defoe offside, Malabranque only yellow and no penalty for Dunne anyone? Let's hope they draw the big red shadow they live under in the semi and bottle it once again.
That's it, an hour against 10 men and the ref cost you the game? Do you want some sugar for those grapes?
No sour grapes matey you deserved your win regardless of the referee's poor game. Just passing opinion on the mongs who come on here and once more believe their side is top four calibre again. Tottenham's support is surely the most deluded in the league. In my opinion naturally but also read real deal's comments re: Ramos. Wsn't Martin Jol a god when the board got rid? Muppets.
That's football though, people and teams are only as good as their last performance sad but true. Martin Jol (similar to Stuart Pearce) was a lovely man, top bloke but naive manager, shame he had to go but to move forward he did have to go. Time will tell if that was a good move

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