Friday, 15 May 2009

Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City - Sat 16Th May 15:00 pm

Another away game, can't they just let us play all our games at home? Seriously though we have a huge challenge ahead of us when we arrive at White Hart Lane, we can not afford to lose if we want 7Th spot.

PALACIOS: Before I start with the preview, Wilson Palacios will miss the game against us, although from a football point of view it is good for City due to how much of a good player he is, it was due to a tradegy that he misses the game. Wilson is back home with his family because his brother was murdered. I send my best wishes and also on behalf of all City fans out to Wilson and his family during this tough time, I hope he fully recovers from this terrible tradegy and is back at his best next season for Spurs.

Tomorrows game has the making of a really good game of football, I feel that City and Spurs are at a similar standard. We can both be inconsistent and then the flip side is we can both be great to watch. The revival at Spurs has seen them into 8Th place in the league and one point above City, they will prove a tough test for us in a game that is a must win for both teams.

I am quite nervous about this game, it is a really important game and although it pains me to say, normally we mess up at the times when we really can't afford to. As always I am not worried about our quality and would have our squad over Tottenham's, the thing is having that quality is no good when you don't have an ounce of fight in you. We only really have Zabaleta who gives us that fight within our team, De Jong also has it in his game but not consistently. I just feel that we don't unsettle teams well enough, we need to start getting in the oppositions faces more and the odd kick now and again wouldn't hurt.

The player that I think can win the game for us tomorrow is our main man, Stephen Ireland. He was quite well marshalled last weekend but I don't think Spurs will be able to have the same effect on him. Ireland has been responsible for a lot of our good performances this season and I am hoping that there is room on his shoulders to carry us through the last two games of the season. I think if he is on form tomorrow then we can win, opposition midfielders can simply not handle his midfield runs, his passing ability or his work rate, I think he also surprises a lot of people because he can tackle as well.

City team news:
Robinho (groin) is out, Bellamy is still out with a knee injury. Sturridge doesn't look to have got over his hip injury, Benjani has been back in training but isn't expected to feature in the squad. Wright-Phillips may return to the squad after being out with a knee injury.

Tottenham team news:
Benoit Assou-Ekotto could make a comeback after being out with a foot injury, Jamie O'Hara misses out having just had an operation on his knee and Darren Bent and Michael Dawson are still out injured. Aaron Lennon is struggling with a groin problem and as stated Wilson Palacios will miss the game.

Possible Man City line up:
Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, De Jong, Kompany, Elano, Ireland, Petrov, Caicedo.

Possible Tottenham line up:
Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Huddlestone, Zokora, Modric, Keane, Defoe.

My prediction: Tottenham 1 - 2 Man City.

Worth a bet: Petrov scores in a 2 -1 City win.


  1. A pity more blogger's don't make their point as well as you, albeit, understandably, with blue tinted glasses. As for containment, it might be worth noting that Spurs currently have the most miserly defence in the premiership. In fact, they are close to a premiership season least goals conceded.
    I hope you and I enjoy the game and footy is the winner,
    Regards Baggyshorts

  2. Thanks for your comments, I do wear blue tints when it comes to what I think we can achieve but I won't for instance say we play well if we don't.

    Who do you supprt though I couldn't have guessed from your comments.

  3. I'm not sure what to think about tomorrow- if we turn up and play well we can beat Spurs, but our below par performance last week at the Swamp hardly gives me much hope. Hopefully Petrov starting (Who towards the end of the derby was beginning to look like the Petrov we know) will give us a bit more of a wide threat. Watch for Ireland to have a big one as well- he looked gutted after the Derby and will want to make Amends.

    City 7- Spurs 0 :) Na not really, 1-1 is my prediction. Come on you blues!

  4. I was thinking 1-1 but then as said previously I put my blue tints on and went of the win.

    Although I do think like you said if we turn up we will win.