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  • January 22, 2012
  • • 13:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Tottenham

The Premier League leaders will be hoping for their second win of the season against Harry Redknapp's men as they look to damage the north London club's title hopes


PROBABLE LINEUPS
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, Milner, Barry, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero
TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Defoe
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has Micah Richards back for this game, after the defender missed the prevous match. He could slot in at the centre at the expense of Stefan Savic, as Vincent Kompany is unavailable due to suspension.

Both Kolo and Yaya Toure are away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, and are unavailable for this game. Otherwise, the Italian boss has all other players available as Mario Balotelli has recovered from an ankle injury.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp will not be able to field Emmanuel Adebayor in this fixture, since he is not allowed to play against his parent club. This should see Jermain Defoe leading the line up front.

Ledley King is a doubt due to a hamstring injury. But if he regains fitness, the centre-half should play alongside Michael Dawson in the heart of defence.

Meanwhile, David Bentley (knee), William Gallas (calf), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are all sidelined due to their respective injuries.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester City's 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane early on in the season was their biggest win over Tottenham away from home.
  • Roberto Mancini's men are in solid form at home, and are currently on an unbeaten streak of 20 matches in the Premier League. This run has also seen them accumulate 15 consecutive victories at Eastlands.
  • City have also conceded only four goals at the Etihad Stadium in league games this season, which makes them the team with the best home defence in the league.
  • The current league leaders have scored 57 goals so far, making their attack the most prolific in the top-flight. But the goals have dried up recently, as they have managed only four goals in their last four outings in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham Hotspur had lost only once in 15 Premier League matches against this opposition before losing the last two meetings between the two sides.
  • Historically, Spurs have a slight upper hand as they have beaten City on 56 occasions while losing 52 matches. A further 34 games ended in draws.
  • The north London club have lost only once in their last nine league games away from home. That defeat was a 2-1 loss to Stoke City.
  • Gareth Bale (pictured right) has created more goals than any other player for Tottenham, with seven assists to his name this season. But David Silva is at the top of the Premier League charts with 11 assists.
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
8Samir NasriMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
2Kyle WalkerDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
5S. BassongDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 1 0
The loss of Yaya Toure to the Africa Cup of Nations has taken its toll on City, but they can nullify that if David Silva puts in even better performances than he has so far.

With 11 assists, he currently tops the charts in terms of the most goals created by a single player, while his side look to bounce back from two consecutive home defeats in two different Cup competitions.

The Spaniard is an integral member of the club's starting line-up, and his creativity, guile and skill in passing will likely be of utmost importance if the hosts are to continue their proud home record.
Jermaine Jenas
Jermaine Jenas
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Jermain Defoe will need to put in a strong performance on the day and make his presence really felt in the attacking third of the pitch.

It is an important opportunity for Defoe. For one thing, Emmanuel Adebayor will not be present as he is ineligible to play against his parent club. For another, City have the best home defence in the league, and are the least likely to make mistakes that would be bread and butter for a forward. But Defoe has an impressive scoring record and will be ready to pounce on any hesitation in City's backline.
Prediction
Manchester City have been very strong at home despite their recent results in Cup competitions. Their objective has been to win the Premier League, and they will be able to take a fair amount of confidence from the fact that they beat Spurs 5-1 earlier in the season.

But that was early days, and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has seen his side reach the dizzying heights of third place since, and a potential title tilt could be possible if the visitors take three points on the day.

Even so, one would expect Roberto Mancini to play his cards right and secure a victory, albeit a tight one.
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