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Premier League

  • 11 November 2012
  • • 13:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 47208

Manchester City - Tottenham Preview: Teams head into Etihad clash after conflicting European experiences

The Premier League champions suffered a frustrating 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League, while Spurs' Europa League campaign was boosted with a convincing win over Maribor



Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Nasri, Barry, Toure, Silva
Tevez, Aguero

Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen
Huddlestone, Sandro
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale

Manchester City are likely to be without Joleon Lescott (back), Jack Rodwell and James Milner (both hamstring), while Micah Richards (knee) has been ruled out until late December.

David Silva (hamstring) was expected to be fit to start against Tottenham, but a place on the substitutes' bench is much more likely, while Maicon (ankle) is likely to be fit and in contention for a starting role at right-back.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe combined well in the 3-1 win over Maribor, with the latter bagging a hat-trick, but Andre Villas-Boas is expected to revert back to his tried-and-test 4-5-1 formation for the away trip.

Hugo Lloris was partly at blame for the Slovenian side's goal, so Brad Friedel will likely return between the posts.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mousa Dembele (knee) still have no return date from injury with Scott Parker (Achilles) and Jake Livermore (knock) also expected to miss out.

  • Manchester City have won the last three league games between the sides, including a 5-1 reverse at White Hart Lane in August 2011.
  • Samir Nasri has scored in three of his last four league appearances against Tottenham, and provided three assists in the one game he failed to register a goal.
  • Edin Dzeko has just one less goal (five) than the rest of Manchester City's striking line-up put together.
  • Only two of the last 18 league meetings between the sides have ended in a goalless draw.
  • All of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe's five Premier League goals this season have come from inside the box.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' side is one win away from 300 in the Premier League.
  • Spurs have won away against Manchester City nine times - only Chelsea and Arsenal (10) have a better record.
  • The north London outfit have won seven of their last 11 league visits to City.

Players to watch

Y. Touré

Position: Midfielder

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The Ivory Coast international was integral to Manchester City's charge towards the Premier League title last season and should see this clash with free-flowing Tottenham as an excellent opportunity to stamp his authority once more. Toure will be up against a talented opposition midfield, so his ability to carry the ball forward while also breaking up the visitors' own threats will be paramount to a home victory.

A. Lennon

Position: Midfielder

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The speedy right winger will be up against Gael Clichy on Sunday - while the former Arsenal left-back is a talented player, the Tottenham man will surely feel he can better Clichy and provide chances for Jermain Defoe, who is in great goalscoring form after notching a hat-trick in midweek.

Editor's Prediction

Tottenham have shown a fearlessness this season which has, so far, paid dividends - including an impressive 3-2 win at Manchester United - but the other side of Spurs' game reared its ugly head last weekend as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan.

The visitors have the tools to trouble City, but it depends on which side of their character is on display on Sunday. The hosts are missing some key players, but should be strong enough to grind out a narrow victory. Both teams have the capability to snatch a win, but this is one game which really will come down to form on the day.

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