As well as a surplus of talent, Arsenal versus Manchester City is a fixture awash with trends and the news.bwin.com/en/ value-hunters have picked up the scent of a second wallet-fattener ahead of the Emirates clash.
Earlier in the week we revealed that, excluding their semi-competitive Community Shield collision, six of the previous seven times this pair have squared up the Citizens opened the scoring, with a seventh instalment of the occurrence available to back at 9/10.
As if that wasn’t enough to coerce a bet, prospective punters also have the fact that, when the champions visit the red corner of north London, there always seems to be fewer than 2.5 goals scored.
Given the wealth of attacking riches available to both parties, this statement strikes as something of a surprise.
But eight successive meetings between the two contested at chez Arsenal have failed to surpass the goal line in question.
It would appear the bookies haven’t taken this factor into consideration when drawing up the odds, with a dearth of goals repeat dose rating at a mighty fine evens ahead of kick off.
Patterns in the fledgling stages of the current campaign point down this path too.
Three of the Gunners’ last four outings have produced fewer than three strikes, while two of City’s three Premier League tussles have followed the same thrifty suit.
An inability to locate the onion bag is scarcely suffered by Manuel Pellegrini’s men, but they’re largely responsible for the short supply of goals in these duels.
Their 2-0 victory here in January 2013 was the first time since 1991 that they managed to scored more than once away at Arsenal.
They failed to notch at all in four of the five that preceded the win in question, which adds value to the frankly enormous 14/5 that says the home side chalk up a clean sheet here.