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We weigh up the probable line-ups for crunch clash at Eastlands...

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face off on Wednesday night at Eastlands with a debut appearance in the Champions League at stake for both sides.

It is a huge game, with the likelihood being that whoever wins will take fourth spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League next season.

A win for Spurs would definitely secure it, a win for City and they would need only to match Tottenham's result on the final day of the season - when Harry Redknapp's men travel to relegated Burnley, while Roberto Mancini's side face West Ham United at Upton Park.

With so much at stake, Goal.com UK took a look at the Castrol Rankings to compare the likely starting XIs for each club - and it produced some fascinating results.

Spurs are the favoured side, winning seven of the 11 head-to-heads, and they also hold a significant points advantage. That is aided largely by Shay Given's absence through injury - the Manchester City goalkeeper's deputy, Marton Fulop, ranks a massive 1018 places lower on the Castrol Rankings.

Also crucial will be Redknapp's team selection. Heurelho Gomes is a doubt with a groin injury, and with Carlo Cudicini a long-term absentee, it would fall to Ben Alnwick to take Spurs' goalkeeping jersey. Alnwick does not rank at all on the Castrol list, having not played a top-flight game in the past 12 months.

Another key decision will be whether to play Ledley King, whose knee trouble usually prevents him from playing two games in a week. Having already featured against Bolton on Saturday, King could make way for Sebastian Bassong - who is actually ranked higher than the Tottenham captain.

The Castrol Rankings produced the following results:


Goalkeeper

Marton
FULOP
Rank: No.1197
Points: 378
Spurs by 290pts
Heurelho
GOMES
Rank: No.159
Points: 668


Defence

Pablo
ZABALETA
Rank: No.777
Points: 507
Spurs by 44pts
Younes
KABOUL
Rank: No.559
Points: 551
Kolo
TOURE
Rank: No.479
Points: 569
Spurs by 192pts
Michael
DAWSON
Rank: No.173
Points: 661
Vincent
KOMPANY
Rank: No.800
Points: 501
Man City by 18pts Ledley
KING
Rank: No.871
Points: 483
Wayne
BRIDGE
Rank: No.954
Points: 462
Man City by 36pts Gareth
BALE
Rank: No.1069
Points: 426


Midfield

Adam
JOHNSON
Rank: No.1578
Points: 226
Spurs by 408pts
Aaron
LENNON
Rank: No.245
Points: 634
Nigel
DE JONG
Rank: No.487
Points: 567
Spurs by 103pts
Tom
HUD'STONE
Rank: No.155
Points: 670
Gareth
BARRY
Rank: No.414
Points: 586
Man City by 10pts
Wilson
PALACIOS
Rank: No.456
Points: 576
Craig
BELLAMY
Rank: No.245
Points: 634
Spurs by
5pts
Luka
MODRIC
Rank: No.232
Points: 639


Attack

Emmanuel
ADEBAYOR
Rank: No.43
Points: 737
Man City by 546pts Roman
PAV'CHENKO
Rank: No.1668
Points: 191
Carlos
TEVEZ
Rank: No.27
Points: 775
Spurs by 30pts Jermain
DEFOE
Rank: No.18
Points: 805

Overall head-to-head score:
Manchester City 4 Tottenham 7

Overall points advantage: Tottenham by 462



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