29th Oct 2018 | Premier League
City Still A Cut Above
Man City beat Spurs in the league by a combined 7-2 scoreline last season. The champions may have improved with the signing of Mahrez whereas Spurs have already struggled against top class opponents this term.
Monday night is a useful sign-post for assessing how strong Manchester City are compared to their rivals and I expect by 10pm we can once again conclude the answer is ‘very.’
The defending champions are strong favourites to win at Tottenham but there’s probably value in backing them to win -1 goal in the handicap market at best odds of 9/5 with BetFair.
At various points last season City beat Liverpool 5-0, Arsenal 3-1 & 0-3 and Tottenham 4-1 & 1-3. In other words they didn’t just beat top-level rivals, they crushed them.
The 2018-19 Pep campaign started in similar fashion with a comprehensive 2-0 victory at the Emirates and the problem Spurs have is they have already look outclassed by Liverpool and Barcelona this season.
Had they moved into their new home on schedule perhaps that lift would have changed the context of this match, but they haven’t, and City will relish the chance to put down a marker at Wembley.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 09:17 29th Oct, 2018 but subject to change