Since taking a point from match-ups with Arsenal and Chelsea, Manchester City have embarked on a dominant run of domestic form that includes a 7-0 rout against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, a 4-2 triumph over Hull City and a 2-0 victory versus Aston Villa.
For former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, who won two titles with the Gunners, that standard will be maintained this weekend as he expects City to torment Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs edged a win over Southampton at White Hart Lane in their last outing, but will be faced with a different challenge when they take on the reigning champions on their own patch in the North-West.
"I didn’t fancy Tottenham to beat Southampton the other week, but they won and played well," commented Merson in his weekly preview column for Sky Sports.
"However, this is a major step up to go to Man City," he added. "They took a while to break down Aston Villa in their last game, but they keep on probing and probing and never panic.
"You never see Man City hit the long ball or make bad decisions and they keep going until the end. For that reason I don’t see anything but a Man City win.
"They are a top team, right up there with Chelsea, and I really fancy them to win this game (and I’m saying that with my football head on… it’s nothing to do with the fact I used to play for Arsenal!)"
City are currently second in the Premier League but manager Manuel Pellegrini will be eager to bank maximum points in order to maintain the pace on Chelsea, who have a five point advantage at the head of the division.