Etihad Stadium - Premier League
We’ve got a mouthwatering proposition this Saturday tea time, as Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad in the day’s late kick-off. Both sides began their seasons with a win last weekend, although their three points came in very different circumstances.
City have won the last four Premier League meetings between the teams, including a 1-0 victory at the Etihad last season, and a 4-1 win the campaign before. City also beat Tottenham 4-3 on home soil in the Champions League back in April, but Spurs progressed to the semi-finals courtesy of their 1-0 first-leg victory, and a dramatic late Raheem Sterling goal that was ruled out by VAR.
Leroy Sane is still a Manchester City player in the face of serious interest from Bayern Munich, but the German faces a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in the Community Shield. Benjamin Mendy is also out injured, while Fernadinho and Joao Cancelo are lacking match fitness. The latter faces a challenge to displace Kyle Walker from City’s starting XI though.
Son Heung-min is still suspended after a red card at the end of last season, while Dele Alli is expected to miss this weekend’s game through injury. Ben Davies is close to returning and challenging Danny Rose for Tottenham’s left-back berth, while Juan Foyth is out.
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Manchester City were never in trouble as they swatted West Ham aside to start their title defence with a 5-0 victory at the London Stadium. They may have had a slightly nervous moment after Ederson pulled off a great save just after the controversial Sterling offside given by VAR, but their difficulties were nothing like those experienced by Tottenham at the weekend.
Spurs looked as though they were heading for a defeat at home to newly-promoted Aston Villa, before Mauricio Pochettino threw on Christian Eriksen with 25 minutes remaining. From 1-0 down to 3-1 up, the Dane had a huge impact on the game, perhaps alerting a number of clubs on the continent to his talents even more in the process.
The visitors will need all of his creativity at the Etihad this weekend, and they’ll also need Harry Kane to be as clinical as he was on Saturday, after the England captain opened his campaign with a well-taken brace. Even if those two are firing though, City look to be right in the groove from the off, after their resounding victory over West Ham.
Pep Guardiola knows how important a good start is in the face of Liverpool’s challenge, and the Blues have a good record against Tottenham with five wins from the last six meetings between the teams. The champions are 4/11 to extend that winning record on Saturday, while Spurs are 8/1 for the win and the draw is priced at 9/2.
City to win and BTTS at 7/4
This could be a very good price for this bet considering City’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Tottenham at the Etihad in April, and the fact that Harry Kane has ended his August jinx and Spurs have only failed to score against the Blues twice in the last 10 meetings between the clubs.
Raheem Sterling to score first at 4/1
The England forward started his season with a bang at the weekend, completing a hat-trick despite Sergio Aguero’s decision not to let him take a penalty. Sterling is looking confident and assured in front of goal, making this price pretty attractive.