Spurs vs Man City: Mancini’s men head to unhappy hunting ground

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Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City side may be sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League but they face a real battle to stay there at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham were comprehensively outplayed by Manchester United in the second half of last Monday’s fixture in their opening game of the season, and facing the two Manchester sides isn’t the easiest start to a Premier League campaign.

Match Odds

However, Harry Redknapp’s side know just what it takes to beat Manchester City and they have won 19 of the 28 Premier League games with the opposition.

Manchester City fans will be hoping the tide has turned after their 1-0 victory in May towards the end of last season, but that win came at the Etihad Stadium and at White Hart Lane, Spurs have won nine of the 14 Premier League fixtures.

Spurs are the outsiders to win in this meeting but on the basis of their record against Man City, it’s worth opposing Roberto Mancini’s side at 7/5 and taking Redknapp’s side at 15/8.

There have been just five draws between the two sides in that 28-game history, so rule out the draw at 23/10.

Total Goals

In the past three games there hasn’t been a fixture that has provided plenty of goals, with just two being scored – one apiece.

However, at White Hart Lane the fans usually witness goals, with over 2.5 goals being scored in six of the last seven and considering Manchester City have scored seven goals already this season, over 2.5 goals looks a solid bet at 4/6.

Spurs may not have added to the five they scored against Hearts in Edinburgh this season, but even those five goals means they have outscored 17 Premier League teams already this season.

Roberto Mancini has favoured an attacking set-up this season but he’s likely to revert to a defensive minded set-up on a tough ground and so we like the look of Spurs to win 2-1 at 9/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.