Man City v Arsenal - Expect Goals Galore At Eastlands

By Sam Darby on 16/12/2011 16:58

Man City's unbeaten start to the season may have come to an end on Monday but they remain top of the Premiership by two points and having won every home game so far this season in the league they will remain confident of beating anyone at Eastlands. Arsenal are on the heels of the top four after yet another win last weekend, that makes it eight wins and a draw from their last ten games which is as good a record as Man City or Spurs in the same period.

Gael Clichy is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea last week so he can't face his former club. Pablo Zabaleta is likely to have to fill in at left back with Aleksandr Kolarov out injured still. Micah Richards, who has this week played down a training ground bust up with team mate Mario Balotelli, is fit again and will come in at right back.

Arsenal have no new injury concerns ahead of this match, Kierna Gibbs is progressing well from a hernia problem and could be back in the next couple of weeks whilst Jack Wilshere has been pencilled in for a February return. Bacary Sagna and Karl Jenkinson should both be back next month from ankle and back injuries respectively but fellow full back Andre Santos is likely to miss up to three months of action.

Man City certainly look a very good price to win this game considering they have won all their home games whilst Arsenal have lost as many on the road as they have won. At the same sort of odds though you can back over 2.5 goals and with both attacks looking very strong and Arsenal's defence in particular looking vulnerable over 2.5 goals could already have paid out by half time in this match. Six of Man City's seven home games have had had over 2.5 goals whilst six of Arsenal's seven away matches have had over 2.5 goals so it would be a surprise if this bet didn't oblige.

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Recommendation: BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS