The standout game of the second weekend of the new Premier League season comes from the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur. Pep Guardiola’s team picked up from where they left off last season by emphatically defeating West Ham United 5-0 at the London Stadium. Meanwhile, Tottenham left it late to defeat Aston Villa last time out, winning 3-1 against the newly-promoted side. The two sides met twice last season, with City coming out 1-0 winners during both league meetings, but it was Spurs who came out on top in the Champions League quarter-finals.
If there were any doubts that Manchester City would be just as strong this season as they were last, they were put swiftly to bed as the champions put on a dominant display at the London Stadium. Winning 5-0 thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, it was an outstanding performance from Guardiola’s team, who sent out a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League with a reminder of their attacking prowess. What’s even more impressive is the fact that they did so without Bernardo Silva or Leroy Sane in attack, though this is set to be a far more stern test for the reigning champions. England forward Sterling now has 20 Premier League goals since the start of last season after his opening day hat-trick, and the 24-year-old has established himself as an indispensable player under Guardiola. Winning their last nine in a row at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, City come into this one as heavy favourites.
Tottenham weren’t quite as convincing nor as emphatic as Manchester City last time out, but still managed to take three points from their opponents in claret and blue on the opening weekend of the campaign. They even fell behind to a John McGinn effort, but strikes from debutant Tangoy Ndombele and a Harry Kane brace in the second half saw Mauricio Pochettino’s team turn the game around in a dramatic second half. Should they start this first half as slow as they did against Villa, Spurs almost certainly won’t be afforded the opportunity to flip the result in their favour. However, they will be buoyed by the impact of Kane, who has generally struggled in the month of August for the most part in his senior career, but has already got two goals to his name this season. Pochettino takes his side to the blue side of Manchester looking to get their first league win there since February 2016.
Leroy Sane looks set to be a long-term absentee for Manchester City after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the Community Shield. Benjamin Mendy (knee) is back in training but Oleksandr Zinchenko should keep his place at left-back, with Kyle Walker likely keeping new signing Joao Cancelo out of the starting XI on the opposite side. After being an unused substitute against West Ham, Bernardo Silva will be hoping to feature after Riyad Mahrez was somewhat surprisingly included in the starting XI at the London Stadium.
Both Juan Foyth and Heung-Min Son serve the final game of their suspensions here, while Dele Alli (hamstring) has been ruled out. New signing Ryan Sessegnon is a doubt with a hamstring problem, but Giovani Lo Celso could be involved following his move from Real Betis. Kyle Walker-Peters should start at right-back ahead of Serge Aurier after being given the nod by Pochettino on the opening weekend.
It’s tough to go against the champions in this one, who have beaten Spurs in five of their last six head-to-head meetings and have also won their last nine home Premier League games. A straight win is at odds of 1.33 which isn’t particularly enticing, so we like the look of City to score in both halves at 1.83, just as they managed last weekend. After scoring on the opening weekend, Raheem Sterling will be full of confidence and we like his odds of 5.00 to open the scoring here.