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Premier League betting preview: Arsenal v Man City

21/12/2015
With the race to finish this year in top position heating up, a win for either team will see them claw back a few points on Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Manuel Pellegrini's Man City side squeezed a 2-1 victory over struggling Swansea last weekend, while Arsenal comfortably put two past Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Arsene Wenger's side haven't lifted the Premier League trophy since 2004, while the boys from Manchester have won the league twice in the last four years.

There has been a lot of bad blood in this fixture, with five red cards being dished out in the last five league encounters between the two teams at the Emirates.

City have run into trouble over the years against the Gunners.

They have lost 22 league games against the side, their joint-most defeats against any opponent alongside Chelsea.

Arsenal's record against City is one which will give them great hope going into tonight's match.

The team from north London have lost just one of their 18 home league games in this fixture and conceded 11 goals in the last 20 home games against City.

However the Gunners will be missing a lot of firepower – Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky are all out with knee injuries.

Holding Midfielder Jack Wilshere will is also set to miss out.

Chilean forward Alex Sanchez returned to training this week and is likely to feature.

City come into the match without their captain Vincent Kompany, who has missed several games with a calf injury.

Defender Pablo Zabaleta and midfielder Fernando are still on the sidelines, while Samir Nasri is out long-term.

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero could feature after four games out with a heel injury.

A Manchester City win comes at a best price of 43/20, courtesy of TonyBet.

Best odds on an Arsenal victory – offered by most bookmakers including BetVictor and William Hill – are 29/20.

French striker Olivier Giroud is favoured by bookmakers to score the first goal at a best price of 5/1.

If the likes of Ozil and Walcott utilise their pace and passing, then Arsenal will be well-placed to win the race to two goals, offered at a best price of 3/2 with Ladbrokes.

Edward Obeng
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