The two form sides in the Barclays Premier League face off at White Hart Lane tonight (7.45pm) and Spurs boss Tim Sherwood will hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
City hammered Spurs 6-0 at the Etihad in what was to mark the beginning of the end of Andre Villas Boas’ time at White Hart Lane before Liverpool’s 5-0 in North London did for the Portuguese.
Tim Sherwood has steadied the ship since then and Spurs’ record now reads W5 D1 L2 since he took over while City’s away form is starting to match their invincibility at home and they will go top if picking up all three points tonight.
Here’s where the money has been going as of 5pm on Wednesday night.
City are on a roll and have won their last seven games on the bounce – including their last three matches on the road.
The traders have past them up at 19/20 in the win-draw-win market and it’s not hard to see why. Seven times as much cash has flowed on the Citizens all day as Tim Sherwood faces a real test of his managerial ability and their Champions League qualifying credentials.
We’d like to tell you that punters have studied the form, maybe got the tactics board out and studied the sides’ possession heat maps – but we’d be lying. A repeat of City’s 6-0 win at 275/1 is a big loser in the books. If this one clicks again Sherwood – and Paddy – could be facing the exit door.
City did run out 5-1 winners here in August 2008 and there’s been a few takers at 70/1. But the home side won here 3-1 last season and at 25/1 Spurs fans will want Sherwood to build on Spurs’ record of winning three and drawing two of the five league games at White Hart Lane since then.
Sergio Aguero’s second-half hat-trick against Watford last Saturday took his tally to six goals in his last four games since returning from injury.
The Argentine goal machine is on fire up top and has scored 25 goals in 24 games (all competitions) as City have racked up a staggering 120 goals (all competitions) and are Europe’s leading scorers.
Not surprisingly Aguero and strike partner Alvaro Negredo corner the first goalscorers market at 7/2 and 5/1 respectively having scored three of City’s six in the November drubbing.
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has hit six goals in eight starts since his return from the wilderness. The Togo international spent most of his time warming the bench as AVB spuncked the Gareth Bale transfer booty on strikers who couldn’t hit a bull on the arse with a banjo.
Adebayor is the only Spurs player being backed against City’s top two and is 7/1 to get the first goal of the game against his former club who are still paying him £40k a week.