Man City v Tottenham at Etihad Stadium- Match Preview

Last updated : 22 January 2012 By DSG
Duo back for City.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli (ankle) and right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) are fit for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Both players missed the leaders' 1-0 win at Wigan on Monday.
City are still without suspended captain Vincent Kompany while fellow defender Kolo Toure and his brother Yaya, the dynamic midfielder, are at the African Nations Cup.

Adam Johnson does not believe there is any chance of City repeating their five-goal "humiliation" of Tottenham on Sunday.
The true impact of City's staggering August win at White Hart Lane took a long time to sink in.
Looking back, it is as amazing as any other of the freak results that have littered the season given Tottenham have bounced back to become serious Premier League title contenders.

And, while Johnson is determined City should maintain their perfect home record, the former Middlesbrough man accepts it will be much tougher.

"That was a one-off," he said.

"We humiliated them with some of the football we played. I don't think many teams would have got close to us. The passing and movement was staggering.
"But the fact is they have some top players, a squad packed with quality, and are playing much differently now."

Tottenham captain Ledley King only has a small chance of playing as he struggles to recover from the hamstring injury which has sidelined him for the last four weeks.
Jermain Defoe is likely to partner Rafael van der Vaart up front as Emmanuel Adebayor is unavailable due to the terms of his loan deal from City.
Sandro, William Gallas (both calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are unavailable.

Luka Modric has insisted Tottenham will go on the attack.
Spurs travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend five points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders City and knowing victory would put them back within striking range of Roberto Mancini's men.
Even more is at stake this season than the corresponding fixture in 2010 and 2011, when Champions League qualification was on the line.

Tottenham won at City two years ago to reach Europe's premier club competition for the first time, a feat that was emulated by their opponents 12 months later courtesy of a revenge victory. Both sides look strong favourites to qualify for next season's Champions League, with the title now the obvious target.

"It's a great game," Spurs midfielder Modric told his club's official website. "In the last two seasons, we've played in massive games there.
"I hope we'll do well and maybe win - why not? We will go there in a positive frame of mind and try to win. We do that against every opponent."

Source: DSG

Source: DSG