Arsenal is one of the clubs that has no reasons to fear Manchester City when they visit Emirates Stadium, as they have recently succeeded in keeping a clean sheet. Both teams are struggling with some injuries, but this doesn’t give a clear edge to neither of them, so we can expect to see another highly contested game in London.
Match: Arsenal vs Manchester City
Bet: Under 2.5 Goals
Odds: Bwin 2.10
It is the pressure that the visitors should be more worried about as they are chasing Manchester United and if city rivals win at home against Liverpool, the gap will be expanded to 10 points. Mancini can’t afford to wait and see what their rivals do earlier on Sunday and has to instruct his players not to take too many chances at Emirates. They are missing Koralov and Maicon in the defense so the 4-4-2 starting formation will look slightly different from the regular lineup.
The hosts are surely delighted to hear that Sergio Aguero is not yet fully recovered, but they are also worried about how Giroud will play after his fitness test. Walcott and Cazorla are more likely to feature upfront but the two players lack the synergy to create many scoring opportunities. Losing at home would jeopardize their chances of securing a Champions League spot and this is the main objective for Arsenal after failing to turn their title run into a convincing project.
For some odd reason bookies expect this game to turn into a scoring festival, and the main reason is that both teams have scored a lot in the most recent rounds. Head to head fixtures were all low scoring ones and this match will probably have the same outcome, regardless of what team gets away with the low margin win. Bwin prices the Under 2.5 goals bet at 2.10.