Manchester City host Arsenal in this weekend’s Premier League blockbuster and the fixture has much to live up after last season’s 6-3 Etihad slobberknocker.
The Citizens are 4/5 favourites for three points that are imperative if they are to avoid letting Chelsea slip away in the title race.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are 31/10 for a first victory in the Sky Blue stronghold since Dedryck Boyata’s fifth-minute red card eased their passage in October 2010, while the draw is a 27/10 shot.
However, Citizen superiority in Manchester is far from the only historical hint relating to their upcoming renewal capable of catching the punting imagination.
Read on for a further quintet of tasty trends…
Over 2.5 goals @ 31/50
Prior to Manuel Pellegrini’s reign our adversaries had gone six straight duels without producing more than two net-bulgers.
Since the Chilean’s arrival three of their four encounters have rewarded overs backers.
Both teams to score @ 57/100
Pellegrini’s more attacking mindset has likewise contributed to a near eradication of clean sheets, with Arsenal’s Community Shield shutout the sole bagel across his four domestic meetings with Arsene Wenger.
David Silva to score @ 9/4
Only Atletico Madrid have afforded Silva more career goals than the Gunners, who have yielded him three strikes, two coming in four matches under his current manager.
He’s got the scent of blood in his nostrils coming into the fixture too, striking four times in his last five starts.
Man City to score exactly twice @ 12/5
Not strictly a City v Arsenal trend this one, although the Manchester side did bag twice at the Emirates earlier this term.
Instead it adheres to the north Londoners’ away record – they’ve shipped twice against every member of last season’s top eight they’ve visited so far in 2014/15 (Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool and Southampton).
The Citizens to get most yellow cards
Nowhere across this fixture have City been more dominant in recent years than in the battle for control of the referee’s notebook, out-yellowing their opponents in eight of their last nine meetings.