Back City second string for success

Arsenal are still over reliant on Robin van Persie

We’re expecting wholesale changes from both managers ahead of this Carling Cup quarter-final tie between Arsenal and Manchester City. Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will rest any players with niggling injuries or suffering from fatigue, while Roberto Mancini is expected to utilise the considerable depths of his squad.

That means Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby could be replaced by the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park Chu-Young, Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin for the Gunners.

The visitors’ incoming faces possess a lot more in the way of experience. Owen Hargreaves, Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov and Stefan Savic could all start. Gareth Barry and Mario Balotelli are definitely out through suspension.

And it is the strength in depth of City’s squad that could see them edge this one. Having stuttered a little over the past seven days City’s fringe players should see this as an opportunity to force their way into the manager’s reckoning on a more permanent basis.

It seems ludicrous to talk of Edin Dzeko in that light given his start to the season. But such is the wealth of talent at Mancini’s disposal the Bosnian could spearhead the team tonight. At odds of 8/5 with Bet365 he looks a solid bet to get on the scoresheet, should he be named in the starting XI.

But the bet of the night has to be the 7/5 that Victor Chandler are offering on a Manchester City victory. Although they are loathe to admit it Arsenal are still over reliant on Robin van Persie and without him in the side they’ll struggle to break down what will still be a strong City team.

Recommended Bets:

Back Dzeko to score @ 8/5 with Bet365

Back Man City to win @ 7/5 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 29/11/2011 - 11:50 AM
Filed in:- Man City Betting News, Arsenal, Manchester City


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