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  • 24 November 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 47228
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Manchester City-Tottenham Preview: Goal-shy Spurs face tough Etihad Stadium test

Manchester City-Tottenham Preview: Goal-shy Spurs face tough Etihad Stadium test

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Andre Villas-Boas' men, who have scored just nine times in the Premier League this season, face a side who have won all five of their home games so far this season

Tottenham face Manchester City in desperate need of goals after a difficult start to the season from an attacking point of view.

The Etihad Stadium has become a fortress for Manuel Pellegrini this term, with 20 goals having been scored in their five consecutive Premier League victories.

Spurs, in contrast, have scored just nine times in the league so far and lost their most recent game at home against Newcastle United.

However, Andre Villas-Boas' side have kept clean sheets in all but one of their nine matches in all competitions on the road this term.

Pellegrini saw his side lose to Sunderland before the international break, but remains confident of staying in touch with the teams at the top of the table.

"It is a tough match," he said. "I think they are a very good team.

"They have good players and play very good football. If we want to continue winning at home we need to play a very good game.

"I think it is a special Premier League this year. There are six or seven teams within four or five points. We will see what happens in the future.

"Finally, the team that plays the better football is the team that wins the league. We will see which of the six or seven teams will continue from now until the end of the season."

Pellegrini has injury worries to two of his star players - captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) and David Silva (calf) are both out of this match, while Stevan Jovetic (calf) also continues to be absent.

Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose (both ankle) are Tottenham's only injury worries ahead of the match, with a host of players returning for Villas-Boas.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

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Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
56%
23%
21%

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Manchester City FC MNC
2 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Manchester City FC MNC
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Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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