The footballing world has been crying out for teams to come along & break the monopoly of the “Big 4″ in the Premier League & this season both Manchester City & Tottenham have put in committed, consistent bids to do just that & now the moment of final judgement has arrived.
4th place & qualification for the Champions League is the holy grail of domestic football & the prize that Manchester City & Tottenham now go head-to-head for in truly massive, high intensity winner takes all battle that should prove to be a match for us all to enjoy.
Manchester City & Tottenham are the two sides who most deserve to be fighting it out for 4th place & both sides are absolutely packed full with top quality players so anything is possible in this fixture on the night but a glance at the history books suggests one team may well already have one hand on the points.
Manchester City & Tottenham have played each other 25 times in the Premier League and incredibly the record stands as follows: Manchester City 3 wins, 4 Draws & Tottenham 18 wins with the record in this particular fixture Man City 2 wins, 2 draws & an amazing 8 wins for Tottenham.
Obviously those historical facts are just that & will have no direct bearing on the outcome of the match but nonetheless they are interesting facts & will certainly give those connected to Tottenham extra confidence & those connected to Manchester City cause for concern & something extra to think about.
From a tactical & football perspective this should be a fantastically entertaining & competitive match because it’s a case of top quality going up against top quality and while the match will carry massive pressures & intensity, the quality of football should be high given the way both like to play.
Manchester City’s key strength is in playing, positive, attacking football & letting the likes of Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor & Wright-Phillips do the damage with their pace & quality although they do have concerns regarding the solidity of their defence which will be tested here.
Tottenham have many similarities with Manchester City in that their strength lies in playing positive, attacking football with Crouch, Defoe, Pavlychenko, Gudjohnsen, Huddlestone, Lennon & Modric all more than capable of delivering the quality that can beat any side when Tottenham are at their best.
Sometimes when matches are so important & carry so much pressure on both sides the match gets lost as both teams cancel each other out in a fear of losing but we expect both Manchester City & Tottenham to have a real go at getting the win & this should be an excellent game which is hard to call.
Both Manchester City & Tottenham know that if there is a winner then that side will be in the Champions League so clearly everything is at stake & both will be positive & either side can definitely win this but on balance a highly entertaining, competitive scoring draw looks a value bet well worth taking & one that will take the battle for 4th to the last day.
Outright Match Result: DRAW
Correct Score options: 1-1/2-2
First Goalscorer each way/player score anytime: Defoe/Crouch/Tevez
Scorecast options: Defoe/Crouch/Tevez score 1st & 1-1/2-2
Double Result: DRAW H/T & F/T