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Michael Taylor 15th Dec 2009 - 15:16

Tottenham’s revenge mission could frustrate City still further

Tottenham were left dazed and confused as Mick McCarthy's Wolves strolled out of North London with three points this past Saturday but they've been given an instant chance for redemption, if they can find a way past big-spending draw specialists Manchester City this Wednesday.

Nobody was more confused than Harry Redknapp when Kevin Doyle's early strike set the tone for another 'one of those' days at White Hart Lane - it seems shrugging off the odd shock performance still hasn't been completely eliminated from the Spurs psyche.

I wouldn't be too worried if I was a Spurs fan though as I'm simply putting their Wolves horror showing down to a bad day.

Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch had obviously forgotten to pack their shooting boots before setting off to the Lane while you have to give a big kudos to Mick McCarthy who got it tactically spot on.

Whether there was a slight element of Spurs under-estimating the opposition is something that can never be proved but you can be 100% sure Redknapp will not allow his players to turn in a similar performance this time.

They'll need to be at their best as well against a well-organised Citizens team.

Man City have done the one thing many people never expected from them and become as solid and hard working as any team in the Premier League.

City may have a horrendous stats book when they've faced Tottenham over the past 15 years but this season's team are a much different proposition; one that can travel to any away ground and believe a result is possible.

Barring a last minute strike from Michael Owen at Old Trafford, City have managed to avoid defeat to any team and have also registered victories over Arsenal and Chelsea.

So much of their success has been based on a forward line that has pace, guile and a lot of tenacity and nobody fits the bill better than Carlos Tevez.

The tough Argentine has already gained the love of the City faithful and for good reason, chipping in with 8 goals and a whole series of world class efforts.

He may not have the natural ability of Robinho or Adebayor but what he lacks in that he makes up for in sheer willingness to run the channels and give centre backs a constant headache.

Tevez could actually be the key to any Man City success at White Hart Lane as well given the absence of the suspended Craig Bellamy and fitness concerns over Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Michael Dawson has been known to commit a few errors in the past and Tevez is just the sort of tricky customer that rushes big centre halves into those errors.

As such he has to look a value bet at 2/1 to score at anytime, even though I reckon Spurs will hand out just a second defeat of the season to Hughes' men.

Redknapp's men have a real point to prove after losing ground on their rivals at the weekend and I fancy them to come flying out of the traps here.

Defoe will be chomping at the bit to get back on the scoresheet after blanking since his brilliant five goal haul in that memorable Wigan game, so expect him to put in a big shift.

At 5/1 to net the first of the game he could be too big a price to ignore while the ever dangerous Aaron Lennon will be hoping he can make England international colleague Wayne Bridge look silly and realise his anytime goalscorer price of 4/1.

I'm sure loads of people will look at the draw as the best bet at 12/5, however I'm plumping for a tight Tottenham win (5/4) with a sixth straight 2-1 defeat for City at White Hart Lane very interesting at 13/2.



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