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Premier League

  • August 28, 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 36150

Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Manchester City

Spurs are targeting their first points of the new campaign but will be without new signing Emmanuel Adebayor, while Samir Nasri could make his debut appearance for the visitors

Tottenham (4-4-1-1): Friedel;
Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp chose not to include influential midfielder Luka Modric in his squad to face Manchester United at Old Trafford due to speculation concering his future,  but the Croatian should return to the starting line-up for this encounter.

Emmanuel Adebayor is unavailable for this fixture as it is against his parent club, while youngster Yago Falque - who arrived on loan from Juventus - is unlikely to be handed a start right away.

William Gallas and Ledley King are both recovering from calf and knee injuries respectively, and are expected to be sidelined for this clash.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart;
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Barry, Milner; Silva, Yaya Toure, Aguero; Dzeko

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will have slightly less pressure upon him after the north Londoners made their way into the Champions League proper with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Italian side Udinese.

Wenger will have to do without the suspended trio of Emmanuel Frimpong, Gervinho and Alex Song and with the recent departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the Gunners midfield will be stretched during their visit to Old Trafford.


  • It is still early days, but Tottenham Hotspur find themselves at the bottom of the table, albeit having played a game less than every other club in the Premier League with the exception of Everton.
  • Harry Redknapp's men will be hopeful of a result as they are unbeaten at White Hart Lane in their last 17 league games.
  • Spurs have triumphed on 31 occasions when City have come visiting for a league clash. The visitors have won 14 times, while 17 other matches have ended in a draw.
  • Manchester City have won only one of their last six games against Tottenham.
  • In their last four matches, though, they have scored only one goal against Spurs. Even that was an own goal from Peter Crouch last season, which saw them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
  • Ironically, it was Crouch who scored against City to help the north London club make their way into Europe's elite competition in the previous season.

Players to watch

J. Defoe

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has expressed high hopes for Jermain Defoe this season, and the forward will want to return his manager's faith with a goal, or perhaps more, in a game of this magnitude.

E. Džeko

Position: Attacker

Games: 22

  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
Edin Dzeko scored against Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers, and will be looking to carve out a place for himself in the starting line-up so he can hold his own when Carlos Tevez regains match fitness.

Editor's Prediction

Just two days before this game, Harry Redknapp still did not know if he would be able to call on his playmaker and key man Luka Modric. Without him, it is hard to see Spurs being able to match City's power and technique in midfield.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City

Top 3 Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
0 - 2
Manchester City FC MNC
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 3
Manchester City FC MNC
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 2
Manchester City FC MNC


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