If Manchester City lose at Tottenham and Manchester Utd defeat Aston Villa on Monday the title race is all but over. While Man City are playing for pride in a desperate attempt to cut the massive lead their rivals Manchester Utd have over them. Tottenham however, are playing for that converted third place finish and a place in next seasons Champions League.
This season is by far the tightest race for the third and fourth places, with four teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton) fighting it out. Tottenham will welcome back Gareth Bale into their starting line-up after injury has kept him out for a couple of weeks. Bale is arguably one of the best players in the world right now and Spurs will be hoping he can lift the team and stop them from sliding into their annual end of season slump.
For City, their form has returned but with 5 games to go it is a case of too little too late. They are hoping Manchester Utd continue to struggle and throw the championship back their way, but it would take a brave person to bet on that happening.
This should be a good game; both teams still have much to play for, including their pride.
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, April 21st
Last season’s result: Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5
Tottenham Hotspur form guide: DWLLWW
Manchester City form guide: WWWLWW
Tottenham Hotspur leading scorer: Bale – 17
Manchester City leading scorer: Dzeko – 12
Possible team line-ups:
Tottenham Hotspur 4-2-3-1: Lloris, Dawson, Vertonghen, Walker, Parker, Dembele, Naughton, Bale, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe
Manager: André Villas-Boas
Manchester City 4-5-1: Hart, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Zabaleta, Barry, Garcia, Y Toure, Milner, Tevez, Nasri
Manager: Roberto Mancini
Tottenham Hotspur subs Friedel, Huddlestone, Lennon, Adebayor, Holtby, Livermore, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Fredericks, Archer
Tottenham Hotspur injuries: Gallas (calf, 27 Apr), Kaboul (thigh, 4 May), Sandro (knee, Aug)
Manchester City subs from: Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Richards, Kolarov, K Touré, Rodwell, Agüero, Sinclair, Dzeko, Lescott, Silva
Manchester City injuries: None
• On City’s last visit to White Hart Lane they inflicted Tottenham’s heaviest home defeat since December 1997
• Tottenham have lost their past four Premier League games with City after losing just three of the previous 27
• Carlos Tevez has 84 goals in 196 Premier League games, giving him the same record in the competition as Cristiano Ronaldo
• Tottenham are the only team in the division to have had more than 200 shots on target
• City have kept a clean sheet in their last four league games in London but have scored just two goals in response (source:Guardiannews.com)
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester City 2
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