MAN CITY’S perfect start to the season is a distant memory but they’re still the team to beat in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s winning run in all competitions was ended by Celtic and that was followed by a first defeat at Spurs.
The result wasn’t a huge surprise as White Hart Lane is one of the toughest places to visit this season and Mauricio Pochettino’s men played superbly.
City have every chance of bouncing back to winning ways at home to Everton today and a best price of 11-21 at 188BET looks fair enough.
Guardiola should be boosted by the return to key man Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will be keen to make his mark after missing a penalty in Argentina’s shock 1-0 World Cup home loss to Paraguay.
Everton’s fifth place in the table looks false as they’ve failed to beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Norwich in their last three outings.
I reckon City will win this comfortably but they usually concede and the Toffees have Romelu Lukaku so look at City and both to score at 9-5 with William Hill. Lukaku is 5-2 at Betfred to hit the target.
Spurs are now the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and aim to make it six wins in a row at West Brom.
Tony Pullis will set up his team to be tough to beat but I reckon Spurs – unbeaten in six at the Hawthorns – will edge this at 4-5 with BetBright. I’d rather have evens for the away but such is life.
With Harry Kane still out Son Heung-Min is the man to back to score first at 5-1 with McBookie.
The live lunchtime kick-off sees Chelsea welcome Leicester – the champions from the past two seasons.
Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes are struggling to live up to their billing but that’s understandable. They’ve lost all three of their away games with 10 goals conceded – the worst on the road record in the top flight.
There is also a possibility Ranieri will protect players ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Copenhagen – let’s face it his men have more chance of reaching the last 16 than again qualifying.
Arsenal have won their last four games 4-0, 3-0, 2-0 and 1-0 – so if the sequence continues they’ll draw 0-0 with Swansea today.
That’s unlikely though and I reckon the Gunners will hand new Swans boss Bob Bradley a debut defeat, Arsenal are no bigger than 2-7 across the board so conisder them to win with over 2.5 match goals at 8-11 with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere in the Premier League I’m on Bournemouth to floor Hull and both to score at Crystal Palace v West Ham. The two sides without a win – Stoke and Sunderland – meet and they could still be looking for three points after a draw.
In the Championship you’d expect Steve Bruce to start with a win in charge of Aston Villa although it’s a tough one at home to Wolves.
A double on Norwich at home to Rotherham and Newcastle against Brentford might be a better way to go and that returns 6-5 at William Hill.
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Aguero to score first
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