Eighth place Manchester City will look to maintain their impressive home form when they face Tottenham later today, with Paddy Power reporting the Citizens are gaining plenty of support.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won all five of their games at the Etihad so far, scoring 20 goals and conceding just two.
Their form in front of their own fans have proved to be in stark contrast to their away day blues which has seen the club pick up just four points on the road and lose 4 games so far.
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Despite their struggles on the road and their current 8th place in the table City are just 6 points off top spot and a win over Tottenham, arguably their toughest assignment at HQ so far, would move them up the table and keep them in the mix.
City will once again be without captain Vincent Kompany as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury whilst David Silva faces another 10 days out as following a calf injury.
Sergio Aguero, the league’s joint top scorer, alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, has been linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid reportedly interested.
The striker has dismissed those claims however by insisting he is happy in Manchester, telling the Daily Mirror “the truth is that I’m happy. The club treats me very well. It’s very calm – it’s different to being in Spain or Argentina. “
“The only thing I do is enjoy football, rest, be at home and go out to walk around or eat in peace.”
Tottenham meanwhile will welcome back Danny Rose to the squad following injury although Andre Villas-Boas could continue with Jan Vertonghen as he looks to stem City’s attacking threat.
Christian Eriksen is out after sustaining an injury playing for Denmark while Nacer Chadli is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Spurs will have fond memories of their last clash against City when they ran out 3-1 winners at White Hart Lane however they have lost on each of their last three visits to Manchester.
Their last win at the Etihad came in May 2010 when a 82nd minute goal from Peter Crouch sealed a 1-0 win.