Having racked up 5-1 and 6-0 wins over the Tottenham last term, you would be forgiven for thinking Saturday’s lunch-time encounter between Manchester City and Spurs could be something of a procession for the Etihad hosts.
But with Manuel Pellegrini’s team yet to hit the same heights this season in the Premier League, the 6/1 on over 5.5 goals may be best left alone.
City fans should be confident of victory though, with the hosts available at 1/2 for the win while Tottenham can be backed at 11/2 with Ladbrokes and the draw is offered at 16/5 with the bookmaker.
Manchester City’s top scorer with five Premier League goals already this term, Aguero will be confident of maintaining the kind of goalscoring form that has seen him net in three of the Sky Blues’ last four top-flight outings, including last time out against Aston Villa.
The 26-year-old boasts an excellent record against Tottenham too, having scored five goals in City’s last six meetings with the Lilywhites, including goals home and away against Spurs last term. If he scores here, we expect it to be part of a win for the hosts.
Despite romping to victory in their two Premier League meetings with Tottenham last term, City have started a little slower in the league this season and shouldn’t be expected to provide fans with the same kind of goal fest.
That shouldn’t mean they don’t see out a relatively comfortable win, with each of their previous four wins in the Premier League coming by a margin of exactly two goals and with Spurs proving tougher to beat under Mauricio Pochettino, this could prove to be the bet of the weekend.
Though City are expected to win, one man who could upset the applecart for the champions is Nacer Chadli, arguably Spurs’ player of the season so far this term.
A goalscorer last time out against Arsenal, that strike in the north London derby made it four goals in six games for the Belgium international, who maintained his fine form in front of net with another goal for the national team last week and looks a great pick to score here.
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