It was all going so well for Pep Guardiola until he visited White Hart Lane.
After six wins from his first six Premier League games (part of a run of ten straight victories in all competitions) his Manchester City side were bought down to earth by a clinical Spurs, who won 2-0 before the international break.
While Guardiola was philosophical in defeat, that result, and the manner in which City were outplayed, has given the other title-chasers hope that they aren’t as infallible as first thought.
Next up for City are Everton, who travel to the Etihad tomorrow afternoon.
The Toffees themselves went on a winning run that saw them as high as second last month – though defeat to Bournemouth and a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace now sees them in fifth.
However, Ronald Koeman’s side are just four points off City, and a positive result will give hope that a European spot is more than achievable.
With a solid defence that has only conceded five times in seven games, Everton look a world away from the Roberto Martinez’s wide open side last term.
It’s a tricky one to call – while I think City will win, the general 9/20 for them to do so is no value for a game that I think will be quite tight.
Having drawn a blank against Spurs, and with doubts over the fitness of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, I can’t see City getting more than one or two.
That leads me to suggest backing a handicap bet of Everton (+2), which covers an Everton win, a draw, or a single goal City win.
Betway price that as 8/13.
I predict a tight, cagey game – well below Sporting Index’s total goals line of 3.25.
Sell goals at that price.
Everton (+2) 8/13 (Betway)
Sell total goals 3.25 (Sporting Index)