English Premier League heavyweights duel it out in Beijing on Friday.The two league matches between Arsenal and Manchester City last season resulted in 1-0 wins for each at their respective homes.
This exhibition match is, of course, neither at Emirates or Etihad Stadium, and will be in front of a raucous Chinese crowd at Beijing National Stadium.
Man City has played three friendlies so far since its dramatic EPL title victory in May, having accrued a record of 1-1-1 over those matches. City's last tilt was a 1-0 win against Turkish side Besiktas on July 20 that was held in Austria.
Roberto Mancini will have his dynamic duo of Mario Balotelli and midfield maestro David Silva available for the match.
City also locked up captain Vincent Kompany to a sixyear extension earlier this week and the team has been widely reported to be very interested in disgruntled Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who was ordered not suit up for the Gunners during this tour.
Manchester City is favoured to win with a payout of 1.90.
The draw is being offered at 3.20 over at Ladbrokes.com.
The Gunners finished third in the EPL last season, finishing well back of City by 19 points. With the focus on the Van Persie situation taking most of the spotlight, many are forgetting that Arsenal has signed two formidable forwards: Lukas Podolski - who scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga last year - and Oliver Giroud, who nabbed the French scoring title by notching 21 goals for Ligue 1 champion Montpellier.
The animosity behind Arsenal's top striker’s exclusion from the squad, combined with City’s championship, has allowed Arsene Wenger’s men to payout a nice 3.40 for the match.
Both teams will want to put on a show for their rabid Asian fans, so look for both teams to score a goal in the contest - which right now can be had for 1.72.
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