Manchester City and Arsenal serve up a super Sunday of Premier League action at the Etihad Stadium, the home side looking to claw back lost ground as Freebets.com preview the betting opportunites in the crucial coming clash.
City lost two points to league leaders Chelsea last weekend after Everton held the champions to a draw, while Arsenal meanwhile undid the damage of defeat to Southampton by thrashing Stoke City 3-0 last Sunday largely thanks to summer scoop, Alexis Sanchez, who netted two and assisted another to extend his season tally to 12 goals.
The biggest news for City however is the return of their perenial talisman, Sergio Aguero. The 14-goal superstar of the first half of the current Premier League season made a 66th-minute substitute showing against Everton last weekend, returning for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Toffees in early December and now in line to start against the Gunners this Sunday to rejuvinate the attack of the Citizens.
The tie has been circled as a classic in the past; five draws, four Arsenal wins and five Man City triumphs since 2010 illustrate that fact when considering the current layout of the home side.
Who Will Win?
Arsenal hold a whopping 49.4% of the overall success rate between the two sides in 178 games, although most recently it has proved much tougher to call and often produced a thriller for the home and visiting fans.
City it is who get the nod among bookmakers at 4/5 (Coral) and indeed football pundits likewise, making the 3/1 Sky Bet offering for an Arsenal win more tempting for punters when considering the unpredictable nature of the modern day's league.
The game could very much rely on the performance of returning players from both sides, Manchester City now with the opportunity to unleash Aguero on a still-wobbly Gunners defence in a goalscoring trait that the Argentine has inflicted on many a Premier League side in 2014/15.
Arsene Wenger's away side however now have Mesut Ozil back at their disposal, the World Cup winner having returned last weekend from serious knee-ligament damage in the victory over Stoke. The German also sent out a verbal warning in the press that Arsenal can sill make up the 13-point deficit to the top in 2015, while Aaron Ramsey also boosts the Gunners with his appearance in the team sheet once more as Arsenal's injury list decreases at last.
Not in the team will be Matthieu Debuchy, who dislocated his right shoulder in a challenge from Marko Arnautovic and subsequent collision with the advertising boards. Danny Welbeck remains doubtful, James Milner likewise for the home side.
Will There Be Goals?
The Gunners hold an overall percentage of just over 1.6 goals per clash with Manchester City, the game certain to produce a gaols based on history most recently as you have to look back to 2011 for the last goalless draw.
Arsenal in fact hold the third-highest goals tally this season as we speak despite their fifth position in the table, Manchester City a goal behind Chelsea as well as two points and having only failed to score in one Premier League game this entire season - that being against Stoke in game week two.
Both Teams to Score is not always assured however, so 6/4 with Paddy Power would be the surprise price if you select no.
Who Will Score?
The biggest danger for Arsenal is their frailties in defence and holding midfield areas of the pitch, David Silva's advanced role a major threat while the Spaniard has recently displayed how deadly he can be on the ball since he returned from injury in December. Silva scored two goals against Crystal Palace, then added strikes against West Brom and Burnley to take his tally to six for the season, 28/11 with 888Sport to score anytime which, if you sign up today via Freebets.com, will triple in price if it is your first bet.
Should he feature as expected, Aguero comes at evens to net anytime, but 3/1 to score first which would again be tripled if you take the advice of above and it pays off.
Arsenal's Sanchez made mincemeat of Stoke City last Sunday almost single-handedly, and netted in the 2-2 draw back in September 2014 that was pegged back by City defender Martin Demichelis - Vicent Kompany in line to return in defence for the home side.
On the opposing side, David Ospina has profited from Wojciech Szczesny's punishment following his recent cigarette blunder, the latter's place between the sticks under fire considerably now with the new signing having bagged a clean sheet on Sunday.
Correct Score Prediction
Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal - 29/10 (888 Sport)