The headline act on another Super Sunday from the English Premier League features Premier League big guns Arsenal and Manchester City. The rivals meet in London at a sold-out Emirates Stadium from 4.30pm. If you can’t make it along to the venue to take in the contest you can follow the live coverage supplied by Sky Sports.
Bookmakers put forward their updated betting odds on the match, allowing punters the chance to ramp up their interest with a wager on the outcome. You can predict the winner of the game or bet on one of the many specials available, including first goal scorer, total goals, handicap, half time/full time, a penalty to be awarded and plenty more besides.
Both teams enter on a poor run of form so far this season and have been performing well below expectations. This is a must win for both involved but bookmakers have priced the visitors as favourites, pinned Man City to the head of the market. Followers who agree will find no more than 4/9 available on the Betfair Exchange, shorter than the 9/2 at 888Sport about a draw. Prefer home comforts? Arsenal can be backed at a tempting 11/2 – market best price offered by Ladbrokes.
Ljungberg Scores Important Win Over West Ham
Arsenal set up for this contest with their stats reading five wins and seven draws against four defeats. They can be found kicking their heels down in ninth going into the round and have taken just five of the last 15 points that were available to them. Having won one of five, the spare did come last time out for stand-in boss Freddie Ljungberg who guided his troops to a 3-1 win over West Ham United in East London on Monday 9 December.
The Hammers took a lead that evening through Ogbonna and looked good value to heap pressure on their opponents, but it was The Gunners who responded best in a fiery London derby. Martinelli pulled his employers level on the hour before Pepe got them ahead shortly after. With a 2-1 advantage, Aubameyang scored with 69 minutes on the clock to round things off. West Ham were left shell-shocked, conceding three goals inside nine minutes, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The beaten side are now in real danger of being dragged into a relegation battle.
Man City 14 Points Off the Pace
Arsenal may have picked up a crucial and overdue three points in a derby match, but opponents Man City were unable to match them in that respect. The Cityzens suffered the sting of defeat to their most bitter rivals when ending on the wrong side of a 2-1 result at home to Man Utd. The red devils are thought to be moving in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at long last, but very few saw that result coming. It came as much of a surprise to United fans as it did City.
The Premier League champions have now failed to win three of their last five league matches and are an incredible 14 points off the pace set by Liverpool who look every inch a title winning team in-waiting. Man City’s stats show they have won 10 games, drawn two and lost four. They started the week in third place, just three better than Chelsea in fourth. Could it be time to reach for the panic button or focus on the Champions League?
There is still a lot of football to be played but it would rate as a real shock if Liverpool were to lose the title from here. Another loss for the visitors would drive a nail into the coffin that has already been buried. The tally at present shows City are as close to leaders Liverpool as they are Burnley down in 13th.
Take Man City on the Handicap
The head-to-head stats in this fixture greatly favour Arsenal, with the scores reading 97-55 in the Londoner’s favour, 45 games ending in a draw. Man City did win the most recent match, however, battling their way to a convincing 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium back in February. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick that day, meaning City have won each of the last five meetings by, at least, two clear goals.
That would suggest that backing Man City on the handicap could be a shrewd approach and that’s exactly what we advise doing. Take Man City -1 goal in the handicap at 11/10 with Coral. That’s sure to be popular and can be used in singles or multiples at the price. Four of their last five matches against Arsenal have seen City win to nil. Another can be trusted at 11/5 – top price with Coral.
- Aubameyang has now scored 43 Premier League goals
- No side has ever won the title after being 14 or more points behind
- Aubameyang has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 London derbies
- Arsenal came from losing at half time to win on the road for the first time since 2011
- This is Pep Guardiola’s worst points return after 16 games ever