Arsenal may be yet to win three home games in a row this season, but their recent form suggests that they may have too much in attack for fellow Premier League title contenders Manchester City.
Both teams have been in fine form over the three-game Christmas period to date, with Manchester City maintaining a 100 per cent winning record and Arsenal taking seven points out of a possible nine.
This form has kept both fully involved in the title mix, but with Manchester City not having won an away game against Arsenal since 1975, history does not give them more than an outside chance.
Manchester City are 10/3 to beat Arsenal and make it five victories from their last six Premier League away games.
Arsenal’s betting odds are 5/6 to beat Manchester City and do the double over the opposition that they beat 3-0 at Eastlands earlier in the campaign.
Their chances will be aided by the injuries that will rule City duo David Silva and Mario Balotelli out of the game.
Although the showdown in October was relatively high scoring, a much tighter game should be expected at the Emirates.
Manchester City have kept ten Premier League clean sheets this season, which is more than any other team.
However, they may also struggle to score goals at the other end as they have failed to find the target on all of their last three trips to the Emirates.
Therefore, the 9/1 offered on a goalless draw, which was the outcome of last season’s clash at the Emirates, may be on the generous side.
But Arsenal should have the attacking flair to breach Roberto Mancini’s tight defence and they may be worth backing at 6/1 to shade the game 1-0.
The safe bet may prove the 1/1 that under 2.5 goals are scored in the game.
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