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Premier League

  • April 21, 2013
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 36121

Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Manchester City

If Man Utd beats Aston Villa on Monday, then a defeat at White Hart Lane will have the current champions' title reign end, but the hosts face a tough task with Gareth Bale a doubt



Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Parker, Dembele
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale



Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Barry, Y.Toure
Milner, Tevez
, Silva

Tottenham trio Gareth Bale (ankle), Aaron Lennon (knee) and Jermain Defoe (muscle problem) face a race against time to be fit for Sunday's clash. They are likely to be included in the squad but may not be able to play the whole 90 minutes.

Clint Dempsey, Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson are ready to come in for Spurs should they be needed, while former Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to start.

In defense, Andre Villas-Boas will be without Younes Kaboul (thigh) after he was forced off midway through an Under-21 outing while nearing a first-team return, while William Gallas (calf) is struggling, leaving Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen as the probable center back partnership.

City, unlike its opponents who will be fresh after a 10-day break, played against Wigan on Wednesday and Chelsea the Sunday before and may make a number of changes for the tie.

Sergio Aguero (hamstring) is almost certainly out of the game, while Maicon (virus) is also struggling, but David Silva (hamstring) should return to the squad for the trip to White Hart Lane.

Elsewhere, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Matija Nastasic are expected to return after being rested for the win over the Latics, with Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and Joleon Lescott set to make way.

  • Tottenham has failed to win a game this calendar year in which Bale has not scored.
  • The North Londoners have lost their last four clashes with Sunday's opponents - but were defeated in just three of the previous 27.
  • Villas-Boas' men have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven matches, while there has been a total of 14 goals in the past four meetings between the sides.
  • Adebayor (pictured right) made the permanent move to White Hart Lane from Manchester City in the summer, after previously playing for North London neighbor Arsenal.
  • City will surrender their Premier League title if it loses to Spurs and Manchester United beats Aston Villa on Monday.
  • However, Roberto Mancini's side is undefeated in 34 out of its last 38 games, while it won 5-1 on its last visit to White Hart Lane.
  • Mancini has used all three substitutions more than any manager, doing so in all but one league game this season - the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - and his team holds the second-highest percentage of goals from replacements (after Reading).
  • Edin Dzeko netted a late winner in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, with the reigning champions coming back from a goal down to win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City


Betting & Predictions

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Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City

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2 - 1
Manchester City FC MCI
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