It was inevitable that Manchester City would eventually lose a league match and indeed the test now for the Premiership leaders following Monday’s 2-1 reverse at Chelsea, will be to underline their title credentials by bouncing back from that defeat immediately.
Arsenal stand in their way but as Roberto Mancini’s men have a hundred percent record at home, they will start Sunday’s clash as odds-on favourites at 4/6 with Skybet. The Gunners meanwhile are 9/2 courtesy of Boylesports, to make it back-to-back losses for City and it’s 14/5 via to finish all square but despite the visitors’ superb form, it’s hard to oppose the hosts on their own patch, where Paddy Power make them 5/2 to shade it by one.
Mancini’s troops have only conceded four times at Eastlands but clean sheets have proven hard to come by for Manchester City in the league of late and on that basis, it’s fair to assume that both teams will score, an outcome priced by Skybet at 5/6. Subsequently, Stan James’ 7/1 for the table-topping home side to record a 2-1 triumph catches the eye and Sportingbet rate City at 10/3 to prevail after a drawn first period.
In attack, in-form Mario Balotelli is the stand out first scorer bet at 5/1 with Totesport but it would be a risk to overlook the unstoppable Robin van Persie. The Arsenal marksman has helped himself to 15 goals in 15 league appearances this term and is 2/1 (Boylesports) to add to that tally at any stage.
Kicking off at lunchtime, Manchester United could leapfrog their neighbours temporarily by beating QPR, a result Ladbrokes offer at 1/2. Nevertheless, Rangers won’t make life easy for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, who are a tasty 14/5 with Partybets to emerge victorious by a one-goal margin.
Also set for an away are Liverpool, rated at evens (Betfred) respectively to overcome Aston Villa while Tottenham are a home banker at 1.4 (2/5) with Betdaq as they entertain Sunderland and Paddy Power post an enticing even money against Spurs in the handicaps, where the Black Cats benefit from a goal start.