Tottenham vs Manchester City-
Why Spurs will win-
Modric’s return- Back after missing Tottenham’s loss at Old Trafford, Luka Modric seems set to remain at White Hart Lane. The attitude players put out after having transfer requests rejected has varied over the years, but Harry Redknapp should be confident in Modric’s maturity, and expect the utmost professionalism.
City’s experimentation- The biggest transfer news to come out of England mid week was City’s deal for Samir Nasri. The talented Frenchman has proved himself as one of the most potent attacking threats in European football, but it will be interesting to see how City manager Roberto Mancini chooses to deploy him. Out wide or through the middle, it’s hard to say, and fans of the Sky Blues will just have to hope that their new acquisition doesn’t throw a cohesive attack out of sync.
Why City will win-
Tottenham’s striking disaster- With new loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor ineligible to play against what technically remains his club, Spurs are left with only limited options up front. Both Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe have struggled for form over the last twelve months, while Peter Crouch remains inconsistent at best.
Depth in attack- Quite simply, City have more options than anyone else. Even if one raft of attackers fail, another wave is available on the bench. Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli are all top quality strikers, while the support from midfield and the wings is equally imperious.
Conclusion: I’ll go for a draw in this one, as Spurs should be fired up on the occasion of their home opener – capable of stealing a result against unquestionably superior opponents.
Over the last few years, this fixture has been defining in the race for Champions League qualification, and while it no longer holds such significance, I expect an exciting game.
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