Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been outstanding at the Etihad Stadium when claiming a maximum haul of fifteen points, although they have failed to make an impact on the road and the Citizens have suffered four away defeats already.
The Chilean will hope for more home comforts on Sunday afternoon and William Hill bookies offer a best price 7/10 about a win for the Premier League champions of two seasons ago, with City having beaten Norwich 7-0 in their last game on home soil.
Sergio Aguero was the chief architect of that victory and will look to make the difference against a Spurs side whose title challenge appears to be floundering following a 1-0 home defeat against Newcastle a fortnight ago.
The Argentine is a 4/1 chance with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock although his team will be missing David Silva and Vincent Kompany this weekend, while Tottenham have been defensively rock solid on the road this term and will offer some stubborn resistance as they look to keep their opponents at bay.
Andre Villas-Boas pointed to the outstanding performance of Tim Krul two weeks ago as the main reason why Spurs lost to Newcastle, although the bottom line is that his team have conceded just one goal on the road all season.
Clean sheets have been achieved away to Everton, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, with the visitors available at 9/2 to claim victory in this Sky-televised encounter, while the draw could be a major runner at odds of 31/10.
Tottenham aren’t accustomed to losing matches on the road in any competition and that north London derby defeat remains the only time they have been sent home with their tail between their legs, with a safety-first approach being adopted by AVB’s men.
Despite City hitting Norwich for seven, the home team’s best chance of scoring in this game might be from a set piece and step forward Yaya Toure who is a dab hand from free-kick positions and could be the shout at 10/1 to break the deadlock in this match.
Indeed, it’s a game which could be decided by the odd goal and a City 1-0 win is available at 8/1 with bet365, with the home side available at 21/10 with Sky Bet to win to nil.
Andros Townsend continues to impress in an England shirt and he’s an 18/1 chance to break the deadlock in this encounter, while Roberto Soldado is an 8/1 poke on the First Goalscorer list and will look forward to going head-to-head with international team-mate Alvaro Negredo.
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