Arsenal will be hoping to give their top four credentials a massive boost by overcoming Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s high profile Premier League clash.
Having dropped to sixth place after losing four of their last five league matches, the Gunners are available at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365 to move within four points of their third-placed visitors by emerging victorious here.
However, Pep Guardiola’s men ran out 2-1 winners when the sides met at the Etihad Stadium in December’s reverse fixture, and are 5/4 (2.25) to complete their first league double over this opposition since 1976.
The guests have been held to a draw in each of their last two fixtures, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them settling for a single point yet again here.
With his team outside the top five in April for the first time since 2006, Arsene Wenger will know that the chances of securing a 20th consecutive season of Champions League football are hanging in the balance.
While many managers would therefore approach this potentially crucial game in cautious fashion, the Frenchman has rarely been known to alter his philosophy of attacking football.
What’s more, a defence that has conceded 12 goals in the last six league fixtures is unlikely to be able to stifle the Premier League’s top-scoring away side anyway, meaning a typically open encounter seem likely.
Having produced 27 goals in their last seven league meetings at a rate of almost four per match, it seems safe to predict the two free-flowing teams to score at least three between them this time out.
With the attacking talents of Alexis Sanchez leading the line at one end of the pitch and Sergio Aguero at the other, odds of 5/6 (1.83) could prove generous on over 2.5 goals being scored and both teams finding the net.
That bet would have paid out in five of Arsenal’s last six league fixtures, as well as four of their previous five matches against Manchester City.