Back a low scoring game at the Emirates
Third-placed Arsenal take on second-placed Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday with both sides still chasing their respective targets at the business end of the Premier League season.
Arsene Wenger will again be without defenders Per Mertesacker and Francis Coquelin while midfielders Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere are also absent for the Gunners.
Sergio Aguero looks set to return from injury to boost Roberto Mancini’s attack. Joleon Lescott should be available having recovered from a groin injury and Samir Nasri may return to face his former club.
Arsenal are looking for a seventh consecutive home victory in all competitions. The hosts are available at 13/8 with Stan James to continue that impressive run. If they are to do so, they will need Robin Van Persie to rediscover his impressive goalscoring form. For the first time this season, the Dutchman has gone three league games without scoring. Van Persie will be keen to end that mini-drought against City, who are one of only three sides against whom he has failed to score this season. He is available at 5/4 with Stan James to score at any time during Sunday's game.
Depending on Manchester United’s result against Queens Park Rangers earlier in the day, Manchester City could find themselves eight points behind their rivals at the top of the league. Nothing but a win will suffice for the Citizens but only Liverpool and Manchester United have taken all three points from the Emirates this season. For that reason, it may be wise to avoid betting on the result of this game. More justifiable bets are available elsewhere.
The attacking prowess on show for both teams naturally indicates that plenty of goals will be scored. Odds of just 4/6 are available with BetVictor for over 2.5 goals to be scored during the game. However, Manchester City have not scored more than one goal on their travels since the beginning of November last year. Furthermore, they hold the best defensive record in the league and they are the only side to have conceded fewer home goals than Arsenal.
With both managers desperate to avoid defeat, this fixture could present an opportunity to take slightly inflated odds in the Under 2.5 goals market. The same bookmaker offers attractive odds of 11/10 for fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 11/10 with BetVictor