For the second week in-a-row, we’re being treated to a tasty top six showdown – this time between Manchester City and Spurs.
Of course, it’ll take some doing for this fixture to eclipse that sensationally drama-filled, VAR-infused Champions League game back in April, culminating in the great Pep Guardiola, shrouded in his favorite Herno hooded cardigan, crumpling to the floor after the video referee crushed his oil-money-driven European dreams.
But as is life, we go again for another season. The last couple of league fixtures between these two ended 1-0 in City’s favor, however I’m backing a home victory but with both teams scoring this Saturday.
Despite demolishing West Ham last week, I did see a little rustiness at the back for City, evidenced by West Ham’s fairly hefty xG of 1.34. Of course we’re only one game deep, but that’ll serve as encouragement for Mauricio Pochettino.
Looking at Spurs’ opener, they certainly made hard work of their 3-1 win against Aston Villa, but it’s impossible to begrudge them of the victory, and with Tanguy Ndombele’s arrival into Spurs' midfield, they look a lot more balanced, particularly with the Frenchman’s forays forward from the centre of the park increasing fluidity.
Spurs have scored in seven of their last nine visits to the Etihad—while also losing seven—and for that reason I’m happy backing this pick at +180.
1.5u - Man City to Win & Both Teams to Score @ +180