Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City - Weds 16Th Dec 20:00
Our midweek trip sees us take on a strong Spurs side, after a disappointing result against Bolton we could really do with winning this game.
With us having a game in hand over Spurs who are just one point ahead of us in the league, I would say that this is our biggest game of the season so far.
If we are to fulfill our top four aspirations then I feel we have to win games like this one. Spurs are certainly in the race for top four, so to finish above them I feel we have to be good enough to beat them. Spurs have been in good form this season and will prove a very tough test for us, I think if we are to beat them then we have to fight fire with fire.
To echo Mark Hughes, Spurs are an attacking team and like to play football, if we are on song and they try to attack us I think that we could open them up. We have become one of the best counter attacking sides in the league over the last couple of seasons and should be able to take advantage of Spurs when they attack us, saying that Spurs can break quickly to so our defence will have to be on top form.
I am praying that Nigel de Jong will be fit for this game tomorrow, it looks like he is set to travel but I am not sure what capacity he will be used in. I think we missed him badly against Bolton, he does the work of ten men in the midfield and is really important for us. He injects fight and determination into the game and when you get past his rough and ready approach he is also a very good ball player, he plays the percentages and makes sure his pass goes to a blue shirt. I really hope he can start!!!
Man City Team News:
As I was saying Nigel de Jong looks to have got over his swine flu and is due to travel for the game, Wayne Bridge may also return early from a knee injury. SWP is out with an ankle injury and Michael Johnson is out for the rest of the season. Craig Bellamy is banned after being ridiculously sent off against Bolton.
Tottenham Team News:
Ledley King (Hamstring) and Jonathan Woodgate (Groin) are major doubts for the home side, Carlo Cudicini is still recovering from a motor bike accident and Jermaine Jenas is facing a late fitness test.
Possible Man City Line Up: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Sylvinho, Ireland, de Jong, Barry, Robinho, Tevez, Adebayor.
Possible Tottenham Line Up: Gomes, Dawson, Corluka, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Palacios, Huddlestone, Defoe, Keane, Lennon.
My Prediction: Tottenham 2 - 4 Man City.
Worth A Bet: Tevez and Ireland score in a City win.