It wasn’t a pretty performance at the DW Stadium, although Edin Dzeko’s goal means that Roberto Mancini’s team have stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to three points.
City are now a best price 1/2 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim their first ever Premier League title and they have a chance to go eight points clear of Tottenham by beating the north London side on Sunday.
Spurs deserve enormous credit for the season they are enjoying, with few people expecting Harry Redknapp’s team to be in contention come the middle of January.
Realistically, Tottenham need to avoid defeat at Eastlands this weekend if they are to stand any chance of claiming the Premier League crown this season, with bet365 (£200 free betting) offering 12/1 that they finish above the Manchester clubs.
However, the visitors will be without the ineligible Emmanuel Adebayor for the crunch clash and that could mean a lack of cutting edge, even if City are missing Vincent Kompany.
Manchester United are very much in the hunt after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers although a stiff task awaits them when they travel to the Emirates on Sunday.
The Red Devils are a 5/2 chance to retain their title, with Paul Scholes back to help the champions out in midfield and Michael Carrick also starting to perform to a high standard.