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Manchester City
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Tottenham Hotspur

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18th December 2007

7:45pm

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.


Writer:Gavin Cooper
Date:Tuesday December 18 2007
Time: 4:47PM

Comments

0
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.
Stupot87
18/12/2007 17:10:00
0
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....?
cheddar_green
18/12/2007 17:18:00
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ET and Pens if Draw
Stupot87
18/12/2007 17:31:00
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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.
mcfcdaytona
18/12/2007 17:37:00
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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.
oxfordspur
18/12/2007 18:05:00
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CAN SOMEONE PLEEEASE TELL ME HOW ZOKORAS CHALLENGE WAS A FOUL???? FROM WHAT I SAW IT WAS A GOOD TACKLE AND HE GOT NOTHING BUT THE BALL BUT IM WATCHING IT ON MY COMPUTER SO I MIGHT HAVE MISSED SOMETHING. I BETTER HAVE ******* MISSED SOMETHING BECAUSE THAT REF NOT ONLY SERIOUSLY SCREWED UP THIS GAME FOR US BUT NOW WE ARE WITHOUT ZOKORA WHO IS OUR BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER FOR 3 GAMES.
totz2
18/12/2007 20:23:00
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* our best fit defensive player based on current form
totz2
18/12/2007 20:28:00
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I reckon MCFC can do it and give Spurs the flogging they deserve, 3-1 Man City and a hatrick to Elano.
GreenGiant13
18/12/2007 22:35:00
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GreenGiant..yeah that will really happen. I fancy a 2-0 win with Malbranque getting a goal late one. Come on you Spurs!!
dazspurs
18/12/2007 22:39:00
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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.
TergeHauge
18/12/2007 23:05:00
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