However, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are yet to play at the Etihad Stadium and the latter arrive on Sunday with the belief that they can land a maximum haul and close the gap on City to two points.
Spurs have been excellent on the road this term, losing just one away game since that 3-0 August defeat at Old Trafford which might prompt several people to back the north London side at odds of 3/1 (bet365 £200 free bets).
The big drawback for Harry Redknapp’s team is that they are missing Emmanuel Adebayor, although the ineligible striker is not full of goals at the moment and perhaps Jermain Defoe will turn that negative into a positive.
Defoe is a best price 9/1 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) to open the scoring, with Rafael Van Der Vaart likely to be flanking the England man, with Gareth Bale also playing in an advanced position. The Welshman has 11 goals for the season and can be backed at 11/1 to score first in this game.
Even so, there will be plenty of money for Manchester City considering they have played ten and won ten of their Premier League games at Eastlands, with the league leaders having demonstrated they can rise to the big occasion. This all started back in August when they demolished Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane.
No bookmaker is bold enough to go even money about City, although you can get 10/11 (Bet Victor free bet) about the home side continuing their march to the title. Mario Balotelli is back in the squad for this game, although Mancini is likely to continue with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.