LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 28 September 2009 51 BELLOF THE BALL AFTER their fourth five-goal haul of the season, Tottenham have proved that they possess the attacking power to test any team. But it is how they perform away from home against meaner opponents than Burnley which will define their season. Almost one year ago, Spurs looked like being in serious danger of relegation having collected only two points from their first eight League matches under Juande Ramos. Harry Redknapps sound coaching and impressive transfer dealings have quickly restored the club to the top six, but Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle believes Spurs may need to find a Plan B if they are to make the final push into the top four. Spurs way of playing seems very much to be You score three, well score four, said Carlisle, after a tough afternoon against Robbie Keane -- who scored four goals in a game for the first time in his career -- with the other coming from Jermaine Jenas in the 5-0 win for Spurs. We could have had a few goals ourselves on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see whether Spurs play the same way away from home this season, as it is a very attacking style. They have a flowing, attacking manner, clever strikers, and good providers from midfielders, so they will always be a threat at home. But it is very important in this league that you get results away from home -- as we are finding to our detriment. Spurs, with two away wins already, travel to The Reebok Stadium on Saturday. BY HARRY LANE Arsenals profits hit record of 35.2mARSENAL today announced record profits of 35.2m despite the economic downturn, prompting chief executive Ivan Gazidis to say the club were now superbly positioned for the future. The club released their annual financial figures for the year ending 31 May 2009 and revealed a profit increase of 6.5m on the previous 12-month period, which will almost certainly mean manager Arsene Wenger will have funds available if he wants to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. Turnover including property sales increased to 313.3m but only 445 of the 655 apartments in Highbury Square, the housing development built on the clubs former ground designed to help pay for the move to Emirates Stadium, have been sold because of the credit crunch. Meanwhile, goalkeeping hero Vito Mannone revealed he is modelling his game on Italian goalkeeping greats Angelo Peruzzi and Gianluigi Buffon after playing a vital role in Arsenals 1-0 win over Fulham. Mannone was outstanding as the Gunners withstood heavy pressure at Craven Cottage to secure their fourth straight victory in all competitions. The 21-year-old Italian pulled off a string of fine saves on Saturday and manager Arsene Wenger confirmed he will keep his place in the starting XI to face Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium tomorrow night. STRIKER Nicklas Bendtner is ruled out tomorrow despite escaping serious injury in a car crash yesterday and midfielder Denilson is set for up to two months on the sidelines with a fracture to his back. Arsene wonga: cash to spend for boss MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM PREMIER LEAGUE TONIGHT, LIVE ON ESPN FROM 7PM (KICK-OFF: 8PM) LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Manchester City 4-9, West Ham 7-1, draw 7-2. FIRST GOALSCORER Craig Bellamy 4-1, Carlos Tevez 9-2, Zavon Hines 9-1, Carlton Cole 10-1, Alessandro Diamanti 11-1, Gareth Barry 14-1, Julien Faubert 33-1, No scorer 12-1. LAST MEETING 1 MARCH 2009 WEST HAM 1 MAN CITY 0 (PL) Manchester Citys away-day blues continued at Upton Park as the Hammers claimed all three points. City had not won away from home since the previous August and they were again frustrated as Jack Collison scored the only goal of the game with a smart finish into the top corner after Shay Given had blocked Savios initial shot. City midfielder Elano then hit the post with a last-gasp free-kick. MATCH FACTS West Hams last away win against Manchester City came in April 2003 when Frederic Kanoute grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 win. The old Maine Road was a far happier hunting ground for the Hammers in their glory days as they won 5-3 there in 1961, then thumped City 6-1 in 1962 and returned with a 5-1 victory in 1970. Manchester City are looking for their seventh successive home win in the Premier League after claiming victory in their final three matches of last season and the first three at Eastlands this campaign. Although West Hams new signing Guillermo Franco is a Mexican international, like Man City star Carlos Tevez he was actually born in Argentina. REFEREE CHRIS FOY (MERSEYSIDE) KEY MEN MATTHEW UPSON WEST HAM The England defender (far left) can expect his troublesome calf muscle to get a full work-out against a City attack that is rammed with multi-million pound talent. While he wont have the physical power of Emmanuel Adebayor to deal with, the pace of Craig Bellamy and guile of Carlos Tevez are bound to cause problems. If Upson can keep them at bay, West Ham can add another 5m to their valuation if any clubs come sniffing in January. CARLOS TEVEZ MAN CITY Plenty has happened in the life of Tevez since he arrived at Upton Park in a shroud of mystery... and most of it has generated big headlines. First there were the crucial goals in West Hams Great Escape, then a lengthy row over his eligibility, before helping Manchester United to two successive titles. Having now joined their arch-rivals, the Argentine will hope the biggest story is yet to come as City aim to blast into the Top Four. MAN CITY 4-3-3 WEST HAM 4-5-1 Given Richards Bridge LescottToure Barry Given UpsonTomkins Ilunga Faubert Zabaleta Green POSSIBLE LINE-UPS De Jong Tevez Wright-Phillips Bellamy Cole Hines Diamanti ParkerKovac Noble the modern game. Stephen Ireland looks set to miss out for City tonight after contracting a sick- ness bug. Irelands presence had initially been in doubt when he was taken to hospital on Wednesday night after complaining of dizziness during the Carling Cup win over Fulham. Spurs warned to be careful they dont crash and burn Rob joy: Keane scored four goals But he still ended up on the losing side index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html