Manchester City vs Arsenal – Title challengers in intriguing tie

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In the weekend’s most intriguing tie, Arsenal travel to Manchester to face a City side that are staking their claim for the Premier League title after a strong start.

Emmanuel Adebayor is in line for a start against his former club after his midweek hat-trick, and the Togolese striker is 7/4 to score any time.

Match Odds

Jack Wilshere misses the game through suspension, and after a solid start to the season, he will be missed by Arsenal as they search for their first win at the Emirates in three games – they are 2/1 to win.

Kolo Toure faces a late fitness test in search of a start against his former employers, but Mario Balotelli should find a spot on the bench after returning to training this week.

The Gunners have won just one of their last eight away league games, and have won just once in their last five trips to the Eastlands and the 11/8 available for Man City to beat Arsenal seems a good price.

Total Goals

Arsenal face the challenge of coping with a striker who has scored 28 goals in his last 31 Premier League games.

Carlos Tevez is 11/10 to score any time and considering Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 away matches, the Argentine offers decent value in the scoring markets.

Until last seasons 0-0 draw at the Emirates, the sides hadn’t shared a 0-0 draw since the 1993/94 season, and goals usually come in abundance in this fixture making the 5/6 for over 2.5 goals attractive.

Referee

The announcement of Mark Clattenburg as referee for this match wouldn’t have pleased Arsene Wenger.

In the seven games Clattenburg has officiated involving Arsenal, the Gooners have won just two and have lost five, with both wins coming in London.

Man City are 3/1 to win to nil. See the full Manchester City vs Arsenal match betting odds market here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.