Both spent big in the summer, and indeed in January, only to massively under achieve this season. Both live in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours and both... errrrmÃ¢ÂÂ¦ played in the 1981 FA Cup final.
OK, so weÃ¢ÂÂre pushing it a bit with that last one, but you get the idea.
You can add to that list the fact they both face tricky UEFA Cup ties on Thursday evening Ã¢ÂÂ with City travelling to Denmark to face FC Copenhagen while Spurs trek to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk.
You could be forgiven for not going into these matches with a great deal of knowledge of these two sides (Copenhagen and Shakhtar, that is) Ã¢ÂÂ but thatÃ¢ÂÂs where your old mucker The Spotter comes in.
Over on FootballTalentspotter.com weÃ¢ÂÂve compiled two extensive and massively sexed-up dossiers on the two sides for your delectation.
So now you can find out which Canadian winger could be about to tie Micah Richards up in knots, which former Chelsea star may dump former team mate Wayne Bridge on his backside, which Brazilian midfielder is going to give Didier Zokora the run around and which Croatian full-back is going to mess up David BentleyÃ¢ÂÂs precious, precious hair.
Go scouting with FootballTalentspotter.com