Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 19:45. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 27/10, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 20/19

Last season: 3-1

Preview & injury news

Tottenham's revival under Tim Sherwood continued last time out as they picked up their fifth win in six league matches, which means they have moved level on points with fourth placed Liverpool ahead of a crucial week of action in the Premier League. Sherwood's revival of Spurs seems to coincide with that of Emmanuel Adebayor's who got another brace in their 3-1 win at Swansea City on their last outing. 

Manchester City are in very good form, and were given a fright at the weekend in the FA Cup against Watford, having to come from two goals down to book their place in the fifth-round. They are still scoring goals for fun and are keeping the pressure firmly on Arsenal at the top of the table, who they trail by just the one point. Sergio Aguero is back and scoring goals, and things look pretty ominous for opponents defences when he is on the field.

The one thing Spurs can take from being out of the FA Cup is they had some rest ahead of such a big fixture, while City were made to work hard to keep their ambitions of winning the quadruple alive.

On the injury front, Tottenham seem to be getting some key players back at the right time given they had several players play in a behind closed doors friendly against a West Ham United XI last week. Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho could both be available for selection after recovering from ankle injuries, whilst Andros Townsend is also nearing fitness after a hamstring problem. Younes Kaboul is not going to be rushed by Tim Sherwood, whilst this may be a game too early for Erik Lamela to return to the squad.

For City, in-form striker Alvaro Negredo is a doubt with a shoulder injury but David Silva could be available for selection after struggling with a hamstring problem. James Milner is ruled out with a groin problem whilst Samir Nasri continues his recovery from a knee injury and isn't expected to return until March.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers in the Premier League for both sides this season:

Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 5 7 555
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 5 19 1,505
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 3 13 954
Gylfi Sigurdsson Spurs MF 3 15 818
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 14 16 1,154
Yaya Touré Man City MF 11 21 1,848
Álvaro Negredo Man City FW 9 21 1,325

Their average possession statstics

NamePossession PercentageGames
Tottenham Hotspur 55.32 22
NamePossession PercentageGames
Manchester City 56.14 22

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept so far this season:

NameClean SheetGames
Tottenham Hotspur 9 22
NameClean SheetGames
Manchester City 8 22

5 players to watch

Emmanuel Adebayor - He has been in terrific form ever since Tim Sherwood took charge of first team affairs at White Hart Lane, and he comes up against one of his former clubs this week. With him in decent form, and City having a tendency to leak goals, he will fancy his chances of continuing his good run of form.

Jesus Navas - Navas gave Spurs a torrid time at the Etihad Stadium earlier on in the season, by being both a goal scorer and provider. The question is whether he can torment Spurs again with his pace, crossing and finishing. Danny Rose at left-back to Spurs is likely to have his hands full if Navas starts. 

Christian Eriksen - Another Spurs player who has seems to be thriving ever since Sherwood took over the reigns at White Hart Lane, excelling both in front of goal and as a provider but he is going to have a really tough time of it in the middle of the park up against Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

Vincent Kompany - City's captain is going to have a busy evening dealing with a confident Spurs side and was called upon to help them tighten up at the back when Championship side Watford gave them a fright at the weekend. So he will need to leading the back line around against a side with decent firepower, because if Kompany & co aren't at the races they could be punished.

Michael Dawson - Spurs have had their fair share of defensive absentees, but Dawson will be expected to play once again and much like Kompany will need to make sure his back line is solid, especially given City's attacking prowess and threat.

Earlier on in the season

Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham - November 2013

It signalled the beginning of the end for Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs as everything that could go wrong for Spurs did go wrong as Jesus Navas gave City the lead inside a minute at the Etihad Stadium. Their lead was doubled shortly after the half hour mark when Alvaro Negredo's shot ended up rebounding off Sandro into the Spurs goal. Sergio Aguero grabbed a brace either side of half time with Negredo getting on the scoresheet for sure in the 55th minute. Spurs misery was compounded when Navas got his second for City on a humiliating afternoon for the visitors. 

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