On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (11:45 AM Pacific, 19:45 GMT), Tottenham will face Manchester City at White Hart Lane, in what will probably be the most important match of round 23 of the English Premier League. The Spurs are on a clear “crescendo” and they remain unbeaten in the league since the arrival of Tim Sherwood. Their opponents, notwithstanding, are also enjoying a fantastic moment in the competitions they are involved in.
The Citizens thrashed Tottenham last November at the Etihad Stadium in match that started to dictate the end of André Villas-Boas’ stint with the Spurs. Last season, however, Tottenham defeated Manchester City at White Hart Lane, when the Portuguese manager was still enjoying some glory days at the team.
Tim Sherwood brought new ideas to a Tottenham that never got away with AVB’s 4-2-3-1 tactical scheme. The English manager implemented a classic 4-4-2, recovered a misfit Emmanuel Adebayor and somewhat managed to place The Spurs on the right track once again. A victory in next Wednesday’s match would place Tottenham with the same amount of points as Liverpool.
The English boss will be able to count on the return of Paulinho, Andros Townsend and Jan Vertonghen, while the Brazilian defensive midfielder Sandro will still be sidelined due to a calf injury.
As for Manchester City, next Wednesday’s match will also be of major importance. The Citizens are just two points behind the league leaders (Arsenal). Manuel Pellegrini’s boys have won 16 of the last 19 matches in all competitions, and not even the slight scare they had at Watford’s expense last weekend will be enough to affect the players’ morale.
The Chilean boss will probably be glad to know that the Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo is ready for action after a slight shoulder injury, and that his fellow countryman, David Silva, is also fit after a minor hamstring injury.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Prediction
The countdown for what will certainly be a tight clash has already started. The match could go either way, but The Citizens probably enjoy a slight advantage due their amazing recent form. This being said, the most likely outcome is 2-1 for Manchester City.
Tottenham vs Manchester City TV Info
The match will be televised on NBC Sports Network (USA), and BBC One (UK).
Tottenham vs Manchester City Highlights
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