Parker eyes City scalp to keep Spurs in title race
SCOTT Parker is hoping to keep Tottenham among the title contenders against Manchester City on Sunday.
The 31-year-old joined Spurs in the summer from relegated West Ham United and has quickly become the fulcrum of the side, helping them to third in the Premier League.
Tottenham's form this season has seen them considered potential title challengers, although they lie five points behind City.
The north Londoners could fall further behind should they lose to Roberto Mancini's side this weekend, but Parker is confident of a win.
"Obviously last season (with West Ham) was very disappointing," he said. "We were involved in a relegation so it was quite difficult, even though we played some good stuff. But coming to Spurs now and being where we are in the league and doing as well as we are, things are good.
"We all realise at Spurs that this is a tough league, but we have got a good squad and we need to maintain our form to hopefully stay where we are come the end of the season.
"It is a very big game for us. It's a big game for Manchester City and I suppose, in the Premier League, every game is big."
Parker is expected to start at the Etihad Stadium and insists he is fully fit after recently missing three games with a knee injury.
"When you are not playing and not out there, its quite difficult," he said.
"I'm not the greatest of watchers, but I'm pleased to be back. We've got a full week's training ahead of us and touch wood everything is fine."