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Back against both teams scoring as Arsenal meet Man City

| 07.04.2012

Arsenal hope to put paid to Manchester City’s title challenge on Sunday, and if history is anything to go by, defences could prove key, making the 6/5 odds against both teams scoring look appealing.

City will know that they realistically have to win at the Emirates to keep their Premier League hopes alive, and will take confidence from the two 1-0 victories they have already scored over Arsenal this season, in league and cup competition.

Those results were the latest in a sequence of six consecutive meetings between the sides in which betting against both teams to score would have netted a return, and the latest was the sixth time one of the teams has won to nil in the past nine encounters.

The home side are 10/3 chances to win to nil in this game, whilst City are 4/1 shots to achieve the same feat, and with either side having everything to play for, it is easy to make a case for both teams.

However, City’s free scoring appears set to continue against a fragile Arsenal backline, so they could be the way to go for punters who wish to pick a winner.

Alternatively, you could take advantage of 11/4 odds for City to keep a clean sheet, whilst Arsenal are 5/2 chances to hold firm.

The 6/5 on both teams to not score in the match does appear the standout bet however, considering that such a punt would have paid off on the last five occasions the teams have squared off at the Emirates.

Also, it is worth noting that at least one of the teams has failed to find the net in at least one of their two annual Premier League clashes in each season dating back to 2004, and it can happen for a third time this term on Sunday.



John Klee