Manchester City face a second member of last season’s Premier League top-four finishers this weekend when they travel to Arsenal, where they’re priced up as 7/5 favourites for victory.
Considering only one league foe was able to best the Gunners on the homestead last time around – Aston Villa on the opening day – City’s shorter price rouses a ripple on the shock-o-meter.
Though avoiding defeat in three of the previous four Emirates-side meetings between these two isn’t enough to inspire a punt on the home team at 39/20 either.
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Prior to the Community Shield collision between the pair to smash the champagne bottle across the bough of another Premier League campaign – which Arsenal won 3-0 – six of the past seven renewals of this fixture saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men break the deadlock.
The aforementioned Wembley date the twosome contested can be removed from consideration given the semi-competitive nature of the clash, plus the Man City mitigation that a reserve rearguard was sent in to battle.
Excluding that, the north Londoners’ 1-0 win in the 2011/12 instalment of this fixture is the only match in the septet in question in which the champions didn’t nudge the scoreboard operator first.
Backers of this bet would’ve collected in seven of their last nine league outings, while Arsenal have gone a goal down in two of three top-tier fixtures this term.
With these stats in your sails, prospective punters can’t refuse the 13/15 about Man City picking the deadlock here.