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P.J. Murray 21st Jan 2012 - 16:26

Will Spurs be singing the Blues

Man City can send out another statement of intent if they manage to beat Harry's revitalised Spurs at The City of Manchester Stadium.

The Blue half of Manchester really sent their first broadshots in a 5-1 rout of Spurs at White Hart Lane, a result which left Tottenham propping up the table. But fast forward a few months and Spurs can close the gap on the wantaway leaders with a win here.

City, if they are to win this season, are going to have to do it the hard way. Their squad has taken a massive hit with the loss of Yaya Toure to the African Cup of Nations, Kolo Toure is also absent while captain Vincent Kompany is suspended.

Spurs will be without Emmanuel Adebayor who can't play against his parent club which means a start for Jermaine Defoe is likely.

City (10/11) scraped a 1-0 over Wigan on Monday night, however Serigo Aguero should have had a hatful of goals, but the most important thing was the win and an end to their mini-slump.

Spurs (10/3) are beginning to accept that they are genuine title contenders, but they were fortunate not to be beaten by a resolute Wolves side, showing that they are fallible.

Harry Redknapp made a big deal of Roberto's theatrics about card waving and rightly so, but this is a game which could accumulate a high number of cards due to the stakes.  Over 55 on the card markets at 13/10 looks to represent value, considering Mancini's penchant for the cards.

Dzeko scored four in the 5-1 rout at White Hart Lane and we are offering a match winner of 10/1 for a hat trick to be scored in this game. Edin is 40/1 to score another hat-trick but maybe a bit more realistically, he is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to score anytime. Perhaps though, target man, Aguero is the man to be with. He is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/5 to socre anytime while you can get 5/1 about him scoring two or more goals.

Rafael van der Vaart has urged his side to develop a more ruthless streak and the Dutch maestro could set an example with a goal. You can back him to score first at 8/1 or anytime at 11/4. But the man who could be leaving Spurs in the Summer, Jermain Defoe will want to prove that he is still an asset to Arry.



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