Already laying down an opening weekend marker in East London thanks to a thumping 5-0 win over West Ham, Manchester City have already reclaimed their spot at the head of the table and are once again the team to beat in England’s top-tier.
Enjoying a historic treble-winning sweep last season, the mood in the blue half of Manchester is at a continued high and they have their sights firmly set on making another early statement on Saturday evening.
On the flip side, although Harry Kane may have inspired a late comeback against a returning Aston Villa, Spurs flattered to deceive for large spells and their 3-1 victory in North London was a tad generous.
Also losing each of their last four matches at the Etihad, including that seven-goal Champions League thriller last season, you will be interested to know that five of the last seven meetings have seen over 3.5 goals and a similar result can be found at 6/5 with Bet365.
Manchester City’s stellar start
While Pep Guardiola may have been left slightly underwhelmed by his sides’ performance last weekend, City’s 5-0 win has seen them already climb to top spot and they are now enjoying a 15-match winning run against Premier League opposition.
Eventually holding off Liverpool by a single point last season, City are determined to lift their third consecutive domestic title in more empathic fashion this time around.
The Sky Blues are already pencilled in as low as 2/5 with Bet365 to reclaim their top-flight crown this season.
One man who really made an early statement at the London Stadium last weekend was reigning PFA Young Player of the Year, Raheem Sterling.
Bagging a hat-trick on the road in City’s Premier League opener and building off a season-best 17 strikes last season, the England international can be found at 6/1 with SkyBet to clinch the Golden Boot come May.
While Sterling might be enjoying a purple patch and will spearhead City’s charge this weekend, the defending champions might still be feeling the effects of Leroy Sane’s injury blow.
Suffering an ACL injury in the Community Shield at Wembley earlier in the month, the German international is set to miss roughly seven months of action and Guardiola has said that “hopefully in February or March he can come back with us”.
Pochettino calling for improvements
Although Tottenham may have broken the bank this summer by recruiting the likes of Manguy Ndombele, they have shown some signs of a hangover after losing each of their final six matches on the road last season.
While the former Southampton boss was pleased to see his side collect a hard-fought opening weekend victory in North London, Mauricio Pochettino is more than aware that his side must make some much-needed improvements.
Speaking last weekend, Pochettino said; “We have got off to a winning start and there are still lots of things to work on.”
Sadly for Spurs, they also have a number of key names who will be forced to watch from the sidelines on Saturday.
With Dele Alli set to miss a couple of months due to a thigh injury, Tottenham are also still unable to call upon the suspended Heung-min Son.
Although Pochettino may have a number of injury and tactical headaches heading into Saturday’s trip to the Etihad, he will be excited by Harry Kane’s individual start to the new campaign.
Leading Tottenham’s fight-back and bagging a brace against Villa, the 26-year-old can be found at 23/10 with Ladbrokes to extend his goalscoring run in Manchester this weekend.
Betting Tip: Manchester City to win both halves – 7/4 @ Bet365