Another key English midweek is rolling around again with decisive battles in terms of who reaches the Champions League qualification spots next season.
Arsenal host Leicester City intent on making up lost ground from the torrid month of May, having been boosted by their progress to the FA Cup final, while underachievement just adds another layer to the narrative of Manchester City’s derby with Manchester United.
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Last 11/20 (1.55), Arsenal have been upped to 5/1 (6.0) to break back into the top four. The Gunners have been unbeaten in their last 20 games against Premier League champions Leicester, having won all 10 of their last home games versus the Foxes.
Arsene Wenger’s men are seeking to win their consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January and will turn to star Alexis Sanchez for that - the Chilean eager to become the fifth Arsenal player to score over 20 goals in a single league campaign by striking against the Foxes, in what may be his last season at the Emirates Stadium.
He will be backed up by Theo Walcott, who has netted three times in his last four outings against Leicester. And while the trick may be keeping Leicester’s resurgent forwards out, Arsenal at least can rest assured they have the firepower needed to outscore their visitors, making the 5/1 (6.0) to do the job tempting.
Last 17/20 (1.85), Manchester City have been upped to 7/1 (8.0) to do the double over Manchester United with a win at the Etihad Stadium, in the process making Pep Guardiola only the fourth manager in City history to achieve that feat over their local rivals in his debut top-flight season.
Indeed, the Catalan continues to have the handle of his opposite number, Jose Mourinho, having gone unbeaten in 14 out of their last 18 encounters. Their FA Cup setback against Arsenal aside, City have begun raising their game in the season’s final straight, and a good part of that has been how the match-winning performances of Sergio Aguero have returned to the fore.
The Argentine has scored in five successive Premier League appearances and could equal his best run in the competition by netting what would be his ninth strike in 11 outings against United. His performances have lifted City, who have lost just one league game on home soil this term, and with the team in sparkling form coming into the all-important derby, odds of 7/1 (8.0) on them to win are certainly unignorable.
Last 16/5 (4.20), Manchester United have been upped to a massive 16/1 (17.0) for this game against their city rivals. The Red Devils come into the clash on the back foot with the news Zlatan Ibrahimovic may never play for them again, and they’ll be keen to win this one for him with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford vying to show they are up to snuff replacing the Swede.
United come into the tie chasing their 24th game unbeaten in the league that would see them equal their longest-ever run set during the 2010-11 season, and their strong rearguard action should be confident of keeping David Silva and Aguero under wraps - lest the latter produces an unstoppable moment of magic.
Mourinho will need his men to play without fear if he is to end his streak of four games without victory against City. But with United capable of overtaking their local nemesis in fourth place with a win, motivation will not be lacking, and their Portuguese manager has shown he still has a card or two to play after leading them to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea recently. Those wanting to back another Mourinho masterclass are advised to grab those one-of-a-kind 16/1 (17.0) odds for his United to do the job.
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