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Seeking home comfort

sports Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:49 IST

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Tottenham and Arsenal will be looking to avenge heavy early season defeats on Sunday as the north London clubs take on Manchester's Premier League pace-setters.


Spurs travel to Eastlands for a showdown with league leaders Manchester City, four months after Roberto Mancini's side established their title credentials with an impressive 5-1 demolition of Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The only consolation for Spurs fans on that miserable early season afternoon back in August came in the form of Arsenal's record 8-2 humiliation against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the same day.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/220112/22-01-pg24a.jpg

Since those twin thrashings, Spurs have made the more impressive recovery, reeling off 14 wins from 19 games, with four draws, and only two defeats to stand third in the table.

Although Harry Redknapp's side spurned the opportunity to go level on points with City last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves, midfielder Luka Modric believes Tottenham can close the gap on the leaders on Sunday.

City have a 100 percent home record in the league this season, but Spurs scored a famous victory at Eastlands two years ago to clinch qualification for the Champions League.

City meanwhile are in confident mood after bouncing back from FA and League Cup defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool this week with a gritty 1-0 win over bottom club Wigan. "No disrespect to Spurs, our main rivals are Manchester United. They are second in the league and our focus should always be on the team immediately behind us," said City defender Joleon Lescott.

Arsenal meanwhile will be fired by the bitter memory of their capitulation against United. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged the Gunners to rise to the occasion after back-to-back away defeats against Fulham and Swansea.

"It is a massive opportunity because you feel we have given six points away in the last two games in a way that is unbelievable," Wenger said. "It is time for us to wake up."

Chelsea draw

Chelsea wasted the chance to get back into the Premier League title race after Norwich defended resolutely to earn a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday, their frustrations increased by an injury to midfielder Frank Lampard. He tore a muscle and came off after 37 minutes in the lunchtime kickoff.


Results: Norwich 0 -0 Chelsea; Blackburn Rovers 1 (David Goodwillie, 72') - 1 Everton (Tim Cahill, 25')