Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City
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24 Apr 2010 Arsenal FC 0 – Manchester City 0 – Premier League
Arsenal to win:
William Hill are offering odds of 6/4 for the Gunners to win at home
Skybet are offering the best odds of 12/5
City to win:
William Hill are offering odds of 19/10 for City to win away.
allArsenal’s Special Bet:
allArsenal’s Special Bet: Halftime/Fulltime: Draw/Arsenal= 5/1
Arsenal have been level at the break in 10 of their last 15 home games whilst Manchester City have also been drawing at half time in 10 of their last 12 away games.
Manchester City have been poor away from home for a few months now – only five of their last 36 Premier League goals came away from the Etihad Stadium.
See below for more match facts
Pro’s opinion – Pete Nordsted
As far as goals are concerned in this match, the stats suggest we should expect only a few, two or less goals have been seen in four of their last five head-to-head meetings at the Emirates.
That bet has also won in Manchester City’s last 8 away games. Under 2.5 goals can be backed at Evens (2.00) with Bet 365 and this looks a reasonable option.
Arsenal have also been level at the break in 10 of their last 15 home games whilst Manchester City have been drawing at half time in 10 of their last 12 away games. The half time draw can be backed at 7/5 (2.40) and this again looks to offer very good value.
Given the nature of the game, both sides may spend some time weighing each other up then the game can then explode into life once the first goal is scored. The second half to be the highest scoring can be backed at Evens (2.00) and will be my recommendation for this game.
As featured on goal.com
Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1
Skybet = 8/1
William Hill = 8/1
Manchester City have won none of their last 26 away league games against Arsenal (W0 D8 L18), but did win there in the Carling Cup this season.
Since their last league win in October 1975, Man City have scored just nine goals in 26 visits to play Arsenal in north London.
Manchester City have scored just five goals in their last nine Premier League away games and won just two (W2 D3 L4).
Manchester City have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games against the Gunners and each of their last four visits to the Emirates Stadium.
More Match Facts
Manchester City are one of only three teams against whom Robin van Persie has not scored in the Premier League this season (along with Fulham and Wolves).
If he scores in this match, van Persie will become only the fourth player to score against 17 different teams in a Premier League season (after Cole 1993/94, Shearer 1994/95 and Wright 1996/97).
Arsenal have failed to score in five of their last six matches against Manchester City in all competitions, including the last three at the Emirates Stadium.
There have been three red cards in the last three Premier League meetings between Arsenal and City.
After winning 18 and losing just one of the first 22 Premier League meetings, Arsenal have won just two and lost three of the last seven against City.
Arsenal have won 11 and lost one of their last 14 Premier League games at the Emirates.
Before Christmas David Silva scored five goals and provided eight assists. Since Christmas he has failed to score and provided only four assists.
Stats from opta/Uk Eurosport