Twelve months ago, these teams played each other on the opening day of the season and Tottenham played Manchester City off the park, with Joe Hart making several good saves to earn his team a point.
Despite that, Spurs can be backed at odds of 15/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim three points on Sunday, with the bookmakers impressed by what they have seen from their opponents so far.
Even so, Harry Redknapp’s team were holding their own at Old Trafford for the first hour of Monday’s match and White Hart Lane was a ground where Tottenham only lost one Premier League game last season, so the 11/10 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) about the home side on the Draw No Bet market looks tempting.
Manchester City will be looking to continue their 100% start to the campaign after victories over Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers, although this represents a far tougher test and Roberto Mancini might revert to defensive ways for this clash, with Under 2.5 Goals on offer at 11/10 with totesport.
A point won’t be a bad result for the visitors going into the international break where the manager will work out how to tackle the forthcoming Champions League matches against Napoli and Bayern Munich, although they can be backed at 6/4 to take all three.
It will be interesting to see whether Samir Nasri plays a part in this match, with the Frenchman returning to north London straight after leaving Arsenal earlier this. Ladbrokes offer a stand-out 12/1 that he breaks the deadlock, although surely a place in the bench is likely, with David Silva likely to operate behind Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.
Redknapp chose to rest some key Tottenham players against Hearts on Thursday including Rafael Van der Vaart and the Dutchman will be looking to burst through from midfield at every opportunity.