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Tottenham’s latest slip up leaves Manchester City on the brink

| 08.05.2011

Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to bogey club Everton on Saturday afternoon appeared to have renewed Tottenham’s bid for a second season in the Champions League but this year’s quarter-finalists failed to capitalise on their rivals’ setback.

Instead, Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at home by struggling Blackpool, marking the seventh occasion this season that they have failed to beat one of the four worst clubs in the division.

The consequence is that with only nine points left to play for, they trail Manchester City by six points and as a consequence they realistically have to take three points at Eastlands on Tuesday to stand any chance of a top-four finish.

It’s far from an impossible target given that the memories of securing Champions League football with a victory against Roberto Mancini’s side in Manchester are still fresh, while they have a terrific away record against the Citizens.

The Lilywhites have won on six of their last seven visits and are 12/5 to deliver again to create a thrilling finale in the fight for fourth and present Manchester City with an unwanted headache prior to Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Stoke.

However, Mancini’s men are worthy favourites at 10/11 on current form because they have triumphed in their last six home games, scoring 13 and conceding just one in the process, while Spurs are on a dismal run of one win in 12 matches.

Three points will guarantee Manchester City a place in the qualifying rounds for next year’s competition ahead of their return to Wembley and they are 7/1 to secure their spot with a 2-1 triumph.

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John Klee