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Man City v Tottenham: Flimsiest of margins to divide sides

| 22.11.2013

Anywhere else but White Hart Lane is the answer Andre Villas-Boas would give to a question about his favourite place to play this season, so he and his Tottenham charges won’t be as flustered as your everyday traveller ahead of this trip to the Etihad.

Had Spurs remembered where they put their consistency before taking their summer sabbatical they would be right at the forefront of this wide open Premier League, where all the big hitters have adopted the bad habit of dropping points and their beefy 4/1 price for victory at Manchester City may be a shade shorter.

City, owing to their electric home form, kick off the game as 4/6 favourites, with the draw an 11/4 alternative for any prospective punter considering climbing on the fence.

There could well be a few siding with this third match bet given the contrasting nature of both of these high-society sides.

Man City are the most unwelcoming of hosts, plundering 20 goals for their five base camp success this term.

The Yang to their Ying, Spurs have not shipped a road goal in six straight trips in all competitions so, if any team can safely milk the venom from City’s attacking fangs it’s them.

The north London franchise haven’t managed a single shut out against their forthcoming foes in five meetings and the sheer ferocity of Manuel Pellegrini’s frontline means bets on their 9/2 for a seventh frustration of the home fans are likely to reap no rewards.

Still, Spurs will provide the sternest test to the Citizens’ Etihad imperiousness and their four-goal per Premier League outing here is likely to be reduced following this game’s conclusion, so steer clear of over 2.5 Man City goals at 2/1 too.

Instead, lump on the hosts to win by one goal at 14/5.

Spurs have fallen foul of this outcome on their last three City-side sojourns and the irresistible force/immovable object feel to this game suggests it’s going to be poised on a knife-edge.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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James Middleton