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Man City v Arsenal: Gunners to stem flow but still taste defeat

| 13.12.2013

Like a juggernaut, Manchester City have flattened all-comers to the Etihad in the Premier League like road kill this season and now the Citizens have the perfect opportunity to shrink Arsenal’s lead over them to just three points.

Seven wins from seven home games is a stat strong enough on its own to warrant backing Man City at 4/5 to inflict a third Premier League defeat of the campaign on table-topping Arsenal.

Then, when you consider that Manuel Pellegrini’s charges have banged in 29 goals at average of just over four per game across those seven matches, while conceding only twice – the case for a City win solidifies yet further.

Tellingly, though, goals have become a scarce commodity in clashes between theses rivals in recent times, with the last six meetings in all competitions skimming under the 2.5 goals bar, an outcome which is available at 20/21 with Ladbrokes.

Although City have been busy racking up cricket scores, Arsenal arrive boasting the stingiest defence in the top-flight, averaging just shy of a goal conceded per game.

Therefore, it’s difficult to see the Gunners doing a deck-of-cards impression as some lesser sides have before them, adding attraction to the 14/5 that City shade it by a margin of just one goal.

Both teams have taken in trips to the continent in midweek also, but anyone who witnessed City’s ‘second string’ end Bayern Munich’s 10-match Champions League winning streak with a brilliant comeback victory, will have seen which side gained the most confidence ahead of this one.

Without quite so many options in his squad, Arsene Wenger was forced into fielding the majority of his likely Etihad starters and Arsenal were defeated 2-0 in Napoli to progress by a hair’s breadth.

Bearing this in mind, where better to go for a first goalscorer flutter, than to the rested legs of Sergio Aguero – a 9/2 shot with Ladbrokes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.