In-form Manchester City can reassume their position at the top of the Premier League table – for a few hours at the very least – by beating Tottenham at in north London this afternoon.
With Manchester United – the only other team other than City with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League so far this season – not due to kick off against Arsenal until after the game at White Hart Lane has finished, the Citizens can steal an early march on their title rivals.
And despite being away from home, City are favourites to pick up three points at 5/4, with a Tottenham win priced at 41/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market and a draw at 47/20.
Roberto Mancini’s men have been in impressive form in the early part of the season, particualy in the final third of the field.
The Citizens scored seven goals in their first two league games, with Edin Dzeko and new signing Sergio Aguero starting to form a potent partnership up front.
With David Silva in top form and Samir Nasri to be integrated into City’s starting XI, not many defences will escape with a clean sheet when facing the FA Cup holders and this is reflected in their odds to score today of 1/5.
The big question will be whether Man City’s defence can keep a Tottenham attack which put five past Hearts in a recent Europa League tie quiet.
The Citizens had the joint-best defence in the Premier League last season but with two goals conceded against Bolton last week, their new attacking adventure may have come at the price of defensive solidity.
With this in mind, a bet on both teams to score could pay off at odds of 11/20.
For more value, punters should look at the game to be level at half-time and for Tottenham to go on to claim all three points.
Spurs have won three of their last five meetings against City and had a particularly impressive home record last season, meaning a win for the Citizens is far from assured.
Tottenham only lost once at the Lane and, crucially, were level at half-time in 11 of their 19 league matches at home.
Harry Redknapp’s side then made a habit of scoring late on in the game, with their most productive 15-minute period coming between 76 and 90 minutes when they struck 14 times.
Significantly, Man City conceded 11 goals in this period – making it their most vulnerable 15-minute slot.
As such, 6/1 on the game to be level at half-time with Tottenham taking the spoils looks good value.
A successful £25 free bet on this eventuality, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £175.
Meanwhile, a £25 bet on the game to end 2-1 to Tottenham, priced at 10/1, would return £275.
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