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Giroud to help Arsenal beat inconsistent Man City once more

| 21.12.2015

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | December 18, 2015

Arsenal v Manchester City

  • Premier League
  • Monday, December 21st
  • Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
  • The Emirates, London
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Gunners can topple City on home soil

In the crunch clash of Premier League matchweek 17, one of Arsenal (11/8 favourites with Coral) and Manchester City (19/10) will be chasing top spot, if Leicester City slip up in their clash away at Everton on Saturday.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Arsenal - Etihad Stadium

The Gunners certainly boast bragging rights ahead of this game, being undefeated in their last four meetings with the Citizens, and are also in better top-flight form.

This fixture last season at the Emirates may have finished 2-2, but Arsenal beat City away 2-0 and also claimed a 3-0 win in the Community Shield over them.

In-form France forward Olivier Giroud was on target in both those victories, and is 6/5 to net anytime again. He is also the subject of a Coral matchday special, with odds of 7/2 for him to score and Arsenal win (max stake £20).

South American stars Sanchez and Aguero to return

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Manchester City - Emirates Stadium

Attackers Alexis Sanchez, who is set to return, and Aaron Ramsey have also netted against the Manchester club before, and are respective 15/8 and 11/4 shouts in the anytime market.

Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is now back from injury, having featured against Olympiakos in the Champions League and Sunderland and Aston Villa in the Premier League – all of which were wins.

The lightening quick England forward bagged a brace in the thrilling 6-3 thriller at the Etihad two terms ago, and is 7/4 the score again anytime.

Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted to welcome back his side’s main man Sergio Aguero, after niggling injuries have led to a stop-start season for the Argentine. It seems when he is fit he scores, though, so take tempting odds of 6/4 for him to net anytime, and 8/1 for two or more.

City strong in attack but lacking at the back

Soccer - Capital One Cup - Fourth Round - Manchester City v Crystal Palace - Etihad Stadium

Others who are more than capable of getting on the scoresheet for the visitors include Wilfried Bony (7/4), Kevin De Bruyne (2/1), Raheem Sterling, David Silva (both 11/4) and Yaya Toure (7/2).

Exciting teenage talent Kelechi Iheanacho, meanwhile, has highly impressed this season in a squad packed with stars. The Nigeria cap has four goals in all competitions and is 7/1 to strike last.

Unfortunately for City, skipper Vincent Kompany looks set to miss out again, so expect their defence to breached for a fifth straight league game. Arsenal are a tempting 3/1 to win and both teams score.


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Coral’s top tip: In-form Giroud netted in two Arsenal wins against Man City last term, and is 7/2 to do so again (max stake £20).

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.