Premier League: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur takes on big-spending Manchester City tonight (20:00 GMT) at Eastlands, where they will likely decide who will be the last Premier League club that will make it into the UEFA Champions League next season. And with Liverpool out of contention, it is for the first time since 2004-2005 season that the “Big Four” will not be together at the top of the table.
Victory against City would secure Redknapp’s side a place in Europe’s elite club competition, while a win for the Citizens would leave the matter in their hands heading into the final day. A draw would leave the Spurs as firm favorites to finish in the top four.
Tottenham has been here before, though. Four years ago, the Spurs were on the verge of Champions League football, needing only a win against West Ham to guarantee fourth spot. Qualification to CL is very significant because it typically earns clubs about 30 million pounds per season if they advance to the knock-out stages.
The North Londoners have won eight of their last ten EPL fixtures, and they have an impressive record at City, winning seven and drawing two of their eleven games there. Roberto Mancini’s men, on the other hand, have lost two of their last thirteen matches, winning seven and drawing four.
This game has all the makings of a classic. So who’s going to get fourth? Let us know your predictions on the comments section below this post.
UPDATE: Tottenham qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, beating Manchester City 1-0 on Peter Crouch’s late goal.