Arsene Wenger claims Saturday’s opponents look “a bit unstoppable” ahead of crunch weekend clash
Manchester City backers on Tuesday night collected their winnings after a comfortable victory in the derby and they will be reinvesting profit on the same team for Saturday night’s encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are the Premier League title favourites and the way in which they steamrollered Manchester United during the week suggests that the 11/10 about City claiming three more points is like stealing candy off a baby.
There was pace, power and precision in abundance from the champions of two seasons ago who don’t seem to be missing the injured Sergio Aguero too much, something that can’t be said of Arsenal and their ever-growing list of casualties who will all be missing for the weekend clash.
Theo Walcott is a long-term absentee, with Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil all missing for Saturday’s game and that explains why the bookies are happy to lay the home team at nearly 3/1.
A few months ago, the two teams would have been 6/4 choice for this encounter, although Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on Tuesday illustrated that the team have lost form and a point would be regarded as a decent result considering that Everton are coming up fast on the rails.
The Gunners have a proud record of qualifying for the Champions League, although the players missing and lack of firepower suggests it could be a close tussle for fourth place, with the draw priced at 13/5 for this game.
Yaya Toure has been outstanding in recent matches, controlling the game at Old Trafford following a hat-trick against Fulham and the midfielder is an 8/1 chance to score the first goal of the game.
The 5/2 about the City player scoring at any stage of the game looks interesting considering that he will be on penalty duties and loves rampaging forward, while the 6-3 win for Pellegrini’s side in the reverse fixture indicates that a Wenger Arsenal team tends to go on the front foot even against the best teams.
TIP: Manchester City to win @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes