Manchester City versus Tottenham – Match Preview: English Premier League
Manchester City take on Tottenham in a season defining encounter for both the teams at Eastlands stadium on 10th of May, 2011. Both the teams are fighting against each other in the English Premier League table for the
4th place spot, a spot which will guarantee them UEFA Champions League football in the 2011-2012 season. Thus let’s take a look at how both the teams will line up at the City of Manchester stadium on Tuesday night...
Roberto Mancini’s team look like favourites to bag the fourth place spot at the moment. They have had an above average season thus far but not a season which would do justice to the amount of money they spent in the previous two
transfer windows of 2011 and 2010 respectively.
Additionally the Citizens lost their last Premier League encounter against Everton at Goodison Park. Some might see the loss against Everton as a blip but heading into the match against Tottenham, City are in a strong run of form.
The men in blue have won three out of their last four competitive fixtures. A win against Tottenham will seal the fourth place finish for the underdogs of Manchester but an unfavourable result can do exactly the opposite and derail City’s season.
The season was looking like a success for Tottenham until their UEFA Champions League capitulation against Real Madrid. Harry Redknapp’s men now look a shadow of their former self at the moment. Out of their last five competitive
fixtures, Tottenham have won none as they drew against Blackpool in their last Premier League outing before drawing against the likes of Arsenal and West Bromwich and losing out to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham are barely clinging onto their challenge for the fourth place spot and anything but a win at Eastlands will be the final nail in a Tottenham campaign which has reeked of fatigue and tactical blunders by their manager,
Manchester City will welcome back Carlos Tevez to their match day squad for the encounter against Tottenham. The Argentinean striker has been out of action ever since he pulled his hamstring against Liverpool before City’s F.A
Cup semi-final win over Manchester United. Other than that, City have no noticeable injury troubles in their camp.
Expected Manchester City line up:
Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel De Jong, Gareth Barry, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli
Alternatively, Tottenham will be heartbroken that their star winger Gareth Bale is out for an extended period of time after wrecking his ankle ligaments against Blackpool on the weekend. Bale was caught at the end of a vicious
tackle by Charlie Adam and further scans have already revealed that he will be out for at least three months.
Expected Tottenham Hotspur line up:
Heurelho Gomes, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Thomas Huddlestone, Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Roman Pavlyuchenko
Manchester City will most likely approach this match in a defensive mindset. Given their solid defensive record this season, the men in blue are the favourites to come away with a draw from this encounter and in doing so they will
seal a fourth place finish to their 2010-2011 Premier League campaign.
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