Younes Kaboul has made Manchester City his favourites for the Premier League title ahead of holders Manchester United.
The Tottenham defender has felt the wrath of both sides, who lead the table with maximum points after three games, with United currently edging top spot on goal difference.
The Manchester rivals have set the tone with emphatic opening victories, most notably United's ruthless 8-2 demolition of Arsenal, while City tore Spurs apart at White Hart Lane.
United cruised to a 3-0 home win over Harry Redknapp's men, but City triumphed 5-1 in North London, and Kaboul believes it will be the blue half who are celebrating come May 2012.
"We played two big teams for our first two matches in the Premier League," Kaboul told France Football.
"It was very difficult, above all the last match against City. I even found City more impressive than Manchester United. I felt more difficulties against them at home than I did at Old Trafford.
"City can be a great success. I could even imagine them achieving the same run as Arsenal, when the Gunners were champions and remained undefeated all season long.
"Indeed, I could bet some money on that team for the title."