Just two teams remain in the hunt for fourth place in the Premier League and the Champions League riches that accompany it and they meet at Eastlands on Wednesday.
The London club sit a point clear of the Eastlands outfit ahead of the clash on Wednesday and know that a point will put them firmly in control of their own destiny. Spurs travel to relegated Burnley on the final day, City are at West Ham, and it is a match not to be missed.
I wrongly opposed the hosts on the weekend when Roberto Mancini’s side triumphed 3-1 over Aston Villa to remain in the hunt but they didn’t impress and only a late Craig Bellamy strike sealed the points. City had been unconvincing beforehand, as they have been at times this season in front of their own fans, but the onus is on them to attack given their need for victory and the Citizens could just struggle to cope with the pressure.
Spurs resumed winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Bolton, courtesy of a fantastic Tom Huddlestone effort, having tasted defeat at Old Trafford in their penultimate fixture and it is hard to forget how impressive they were in beating both Arsenal and Chelsea in the past month.
Spurs have always carried a goal threat, none more so than through the likes of Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko this season, but in Michael Dawson and Ledley King, Redknapp now boasts as reliable central defensive pairing as the Premier League has to offer and the English duo are tipped to keep Carlos Tevez at bay. >
Spurs chances may just rest on the fitness of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, the Brazilian is a doubt with a leg injury, but his absence would only slightly lessen my confidence that they’ll be good enough for a point and Mancini’s men are taken on at a little over even money.
Expectations levels remain sky-high in the blue half of Manchester but taking on Europe’s finest may just have to wait for another 12 months, at least ,and an away win to seal their fate wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises.
2pts Lay Manchester City (vs. Tottenham) @ 2.10 (Betfair)