Man City vs TottenhamEnglish Premier League, KO: 17:30 Aug 17, 2019, Etihad Stadium
MANCHESTER City powered out of the Premier League blocks by hammering West Ham 5-0 on the opening weekend of the season and next up for the Citizens is a home clash with Tottenham Hostspur.
Mauricio Potchettino's men were the last team to topple City over 90 minutes having done so whilst marching towards last seasons Champions League final in Madrid.
However, that setback came at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Pep Guardiola's star-studded City are a different animal at the Etihad and that is reflected in the odds for a home win here with City as short as 2/5 (Betfred)
Since taking the City hot-seat Guardiola has only lost three of his 57 home games in charge and the bookmakers don't see that changing with Spurs an unfancied 15/2 (William Hill) for an away win and even taking a point from the champions is deemed unlikely at 9/2 (BetVictor)
The odds on offer for the London side to avoid defeat may also be attributed to the manner of Spurs' victory over newly-promoted Aston Villa last Saturday evening.
The Lilywhites left it late to overcome Villa and it was Christian Eriksen's introduction and creativity that sparked a Spurs comeback that culminated in Harry Kane grabbing a late brace to bag his side all three points.
As slick as City were last Saturday against West Ham they could have been punished by a more potent attack, so the prolific Kane is definitely worth contemplating for a goal at the Etihad.
The Citizens of course have their own instrumental Englishman, namely Raheem Sterling, who's scintillating 2018/19 season saw him score 25 goals in 51 appearances as his side went on to finish the season with a clean sweep of domestic trophies.
Sterling has evolved under Guardiola's stewardship and his fabulous form is showing no signs of slowing up after he made a flying start to the new camping by scoring a hat-trick against the Hammers.
Should Sergio Aguero find himself on the bench again this weekend then City will turn to Sterling to sink Spurs and he is 4/1 (Bet 365) to fire in the opener and 11/10 (PaddyPower) in the anytime goalscorer market.
There are countless contenders when it comes to considering who will get on the score-sheet during this showdown, but given the abundance of attacking talent that both of these sides have at their disposal the 10/11 (Bet 365) on offer for both teams to score looks attractive.
What's more Pochettino's side shipped five goals in two games at the Etihad last term and conceded at least two goals in away day defeats to Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Man City almost always score and their free-flowing style of play will leave them susceptible to cutthroat counter-attacks at the other end – so all things considered backing both teams to find the back of the net could be worth a wager.
In a game that promises goals it's hard to oppose City given their superiority, not to mention the fact that Pep's champs have triumphed in their last four Premier League tussles with Tottenham.
Although I expect the Citizens to record their 16th consecutive Premier League victory this weekend, it may not be straightforward and Spurs could give City a scare.
City scored in all of their home games last season and only six of those 19 fixtures seen less than three goals scored combined.
With that in mind consider backing Man City to win and over 2.5 goals to be scored at 10/11 (Coral)
This English Premier League match between Man City and Tottenham will be played on Aug 17, 2019 and kick off at 17:30