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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Spurs v Man City: Can Spurs do rivals Arsenal a favour by taking points off City?


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Manchester City put six past Spurs in November and Manuel Pellegrini's men look to be everyone's favourites for the title. However, Spurs are only seven points adrift from the boys in light blue and Tim Sherwood is unbeaten in six Premier League outings as manager.

Can Tottenham give their Champions League hopes a massive boost while also doing their north London rivals Arsenal - who dropped two points at Southampton last night - a favour by taking points off the rampaging City?

Spurs sent City packing from the capital empty-handed last season. Three late goals by Dempsey, Defoe and Bale cancelled out Samir Nasri's fifth-minute opener to deny the visitors their fifth straight victory over Spurs. Although City did get their revenge in November by hitting Spurs for six.

The arrival of free-scoring City will see some Spurs fans - who still haven't recovered from their 5-1 drubbing at the Lane in 2011 - come out in a cold sweat. The likes of Aguero, Dzeko, Ngredo, Yaya Toure and even James Milner are making the art of scoring look easy. In fact, City have scored more than twice as many as Spurs have in the league.  But, Spurs fans will point to the fact that you can score as many as you want, you are still only seven points ahead of them. If Spurs can stun the all-conquering side from the Etihad then that gap will be reduced to just four. Not bad for a team that's already changed managers this season.

City have only beaten Spurs at the Lane twice in the Premier League era, but they will enter this game as favourites. They've won their past seven league games on the trot and haven't tasted defeat since Sunderland beat them 1-0 back in November. However, Tim Sherwood will have a plan to deal with Pellegrini's men. Make no bones about that. Will it be enough to derail the champions in waiting? We shall wait and see.

SQF Prediction: 2-2

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