Man City vs Arsenal: home side face tough task in title charge

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Money back on losing first scorer bets if Robin van Persie scores anytime

Manchester City face their toughest task yet in attempting to maintain a 100% home record against the Premier League’s form team.

The home side are 4/6 to record an eighth consecutive home league win, and they will be eager to get back on track as quickly as possible in the aftermath of their first domestic defeat of the season away to Chelsea.

Arsenal are 4/1 and that is a big price considering the sensational form of captain Robin Van Persie, believed to be a transfer target for moneybags City.

They have also won their past three on the road, but have yet to face a task as daunting as the league leaders away from the Emirates, and for this reason the draw looks very appealing at 11/4.

It is also a big 11/2 that the sides are level at both half-time and full-time.

Goals are to be expected, with 49 of them having featured in Man City games so far this season.

With this in mind, the 14/1 on offer for a 2-2 draw deserves some interest, and 11/8 odds for four or more goals to be scored in the game also appeal.

In terms of goal scorer betting, Mario Balotelli has once again put himself in the public eye following a training ground bust-up with Micah Richards, and he will be eager to do the business on the pitch to prove his worth again.

The Italian striker is 4/1 to hit the net first as he has done on five occasions so far this season.

For the visitors, Van Persie is in pursuit of Alan Shearer’s record of 36 Premier League strikes in a calendar year, and it could be wise to back the mercurial forward to add to his 32 goals in 2011 and score at anytime, even at odds as short as 6/4.

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