|Man City win to nil||13/5||Bet 365|
|Man City -1 handicap||11/5||Coral|
|Man City 2-0||10/1||Bet 365|
Monday night football from Wembley Stadium - sit back and enjoy a collision of two Premier League heavyweights as Tottenham bring a four-game winning run it a bit to end Man City's unbeaten start to the season.
Manchester City have taken 23 points from the first 25 available to them, scored 26 goals, conceded just three and sit proudly atop the division. With Liverpool for company, Pep Guardiola’s experience tells him there’s no margin for error in London, even in the thick of a Champions League group campaign.
Spurs were less than convincing in the opening weeks as they lost two of their first five. Fans became restless following a quieter than expected summer transfer window, but those who remained patient were rewarded.
A hard-fought 2-1 away win over Brighton ignited the fightback, 2-0 at Huddersfield, 1-0 Cardiff and a 1-0 at the London Stadium last weekend driving Pochettino and co back into the top-four.
Argentinian attacker Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the afternoon in Stratford to pile pressure on West Ham, but it was shot-stopper Hugo Lloris who was praised by his manager, described as 'one of the best goalkeepers in the world'.
The victors were dominated by their hosts on the stats sheet, but travelled back across London with all three points in the bag. Supporters will find Spurs priced as 29/10 second favourites with 888Sport, the draw 3/1 through the same firm.
The Cityzens went into the season as ante-post favourites for the Premier League title and bookies also have them backed in the outright markets to win the EFL Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. A huge amount of pressure placed on Pep and his boys, but they have lived up to expectations so far, starting their defence with 7-2-0 stats.
The pace-setters dropped points when held to a goalless finish by Liverpool, but that wasn’t a bad result, especially at Anfield. They responded in fine style when putting a plucky Burnley to the sword last Saturday at the Etihad, dealing out a stunning 5-0 defeat.
An impressive scoreline, but it was nothing more than they deserved with five different scorers at one end while denying their opponents any joy at the other, The Clarets finishing the match without registering a shot on target. Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock inside 17 minutes before Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez and Sane banked goal bonuses.
Little between the sides in terms of recent form, but bookmakers had no trouble separating the pair and you’ll find the away win odds-on favourite. There’s a difference of opinion across the board on just how tight Man City should be to claim the desired result, but you’ll struggle to uncover too much better than 888Sport’s 4/5.
That makes perfect sense when taking a closer look at the numbers. In the favourite’s last five league matches they’ve scored 15 goals without conceding any. Compare that to Tottenham over the same period and you’ll see the Londoners have notched seven and conceded three.
Last season’s results also support City as winners. They swaggered to a 4-1 triumph at the Etihad in December before leaving the national stadium with a maximum, thanks to a 3-1 away day. Man City -1 goal on the handicap would send out a real statement of intent and it carries an 11/5 price tag, best at Coral. A win to nil will also take some ignoring at 13/5 (bet365).