Don’t rule out an Etihad goal feast
Life is rarely dull when Manchester City play Arsenal. The last seven Premier League games between the sides have yielded 28 goals and more are expected at the Etihad this weekend with both sides arriving in excellent form.
City are unbeaten since early November and have won 11 of their last 13 in all competitions.
The Gunners have won six of their last eight but Arsene Wenger admists he is actively looking to add to his squad in the transfer window with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy both ruled out for a lengthy period having had operations this week.
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Abou Diaby and Serge Gnabry are currently sidelined as well and Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have just returned following injury and illness.
Wenger has, however, allowed Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo to go out on loan.
Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik has been undergoing a medical this week but is regarded as a long-term prospect and it’s unlikely that the 17-year-old will be thrown straight into the first team against the reigning champions.
City have shipped out defender Matija Nastisic on loan to Schalke but have paid £28million to Swansea City to bring striker Wilfried Bony to the Etihad.
But the Ivory Coast international won’t be available for his new club until the middle of next month as he is currently on Africa Cup Of Nations duty with his country.
Bony has scored nine teams in the Premier League this season and should be able to add plenty to that for free-scoring City, who have Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany available again for the visit of the Gunners – both made comebacks on the bench in last week’s draw at Everton.
Arsenal are the only team to score more than twice at the Etihad in a Premier League match and have a better record than most at the home of the champions but City have won 25 of their 29 home games under Manuel Pellegrini and, as his team are generally in better shape than the opposition, we can’t really oppose the home side again at 8/11.
Expect Alexis Sanchez to feature prominently for the away side, but to ultimately come away empty-handed.
More than 3.5 total goals could be interesting at 7/4 with a 4-2 correct score at 37/1 a decent outside bet.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, January 18th at the Etihad.