Monday night, Premier League football. How many times in life do we get very excited by a big event only to be left very disappointed?
I remember way back in 1990 when I convinced the lovely Jayne Raynsford to go on a date one evening; she never returned my calls after that disastrous evening in The Harvester and I also can’t wait to see the look of disappointment on my kids faces on Friday morning when they open up their Christmas presents and realise that they HAVEN’T got all the things they asked for as dad hasn’t won the lottery.
The disappointed and let down look is something that you will have on your faces tonight in the biggest match of the Premier League season so far, when Arsenal entertain Manchester City at the Emirates.
This match has all the potential to be a Christmas cracker, but these massive games very rarely deliver and that is my feeling again tonight.
The last couple of weeks have been huge ones for The Gunners’ with three very important wins that has seem them slashed in the Premier League betting and qualifying again for the knock-out stages of the Champions League where Barcelona await in the last 16 in the New Year.
The Wenger Boys have only lost at home once all season in the Premier League in their opening match against West Ham and they will be a popular choice to add to their impressive recent run with a win this evening at 7/5 with BetBright.
The Gunners’ did beat City last season 2-0 at the Etihad and that a big win for them as they are usually blown away against the big-boys.
It was also the game that midfielder Francis Coquelin came to prominence with a man of the match display and his loss is a big, big blow to his side this evening.
The should welcome back Alexis Sanchez but, that is a bit risky to throw their star-man straight back into action after a long lay-off in such a high profile match and I expect him to start on the bench.
City are 39/19 for the win and with just four victories in the last eight matches, you can never really tell nowadays exactly what City side will turn up.
With just one win in their last five away matches, they aren’t a side that I want to get involved with in this one.
As you will tell by the weekend previews I like a draw, especially when BetBright can’t really split the two sides, and with hardly anything separating these two teams, the draw looks the most likely to me at 28/11.
That’s the biggest price of the three match outcomes and is certainly the best way to get involved.
Last year these two Premier League giants played their part in a 2-2 cracker (I can’t see a Desmond again) and with four draws in this fixture in the last six meetings, well it really is the best way to play again.
Two of those four draws ended goalless, and with 0-0 draws already in high profile home matches at against Liverpool for the Gunners’ and also in the Manchester derby for City, is a 0-0 draw the worst result for either side?
It is well worth taking at a general very large 45/4 with Betbright but, play the first goalscorer market rather than the correct-scores as if their is an own goal as the first goal you will get paid out as a winner.
For bigger players amongst you I’m shocked to see both teams to score as a “no” and under 2.5 goals in the match both odds-against at 11/8 and 11/10 as this is expected to turn out to be a very cagey affair in the last Premier League match before Christmas.
Draw @ 28/11
Correct Score 0-0 @ 45/4
Under 2.5 Goals @ 11/10
Both Teams To Score – No @ 11/8
B Lucky and a have very Happy Christmas.
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