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Man City to blast sorry Gunners

| 02.04.2017

Citizens taken to pile the pressure on Wenger

Coral punters look set for an enthralling Sunday shoot-out at the Emirates as locals Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the big smoke, live on Sky Sports from 4.00pm. Click here to place your bets on the match.

Arsenal enter on a woeful run of form that sees them go into the weekend down in sixth-place, level on points with Everton in seventh. It’s a sad state of affairs for a group of fans who rate a top-four finish as a minimum. The bulk of the support appear to have run out of patience with manager Arsene Wenger and a number of his players, who refuse to commit themselves to the club.

Stats support goals on Sunday

The future looks uncertain for Wenger and his crop, with the likes of Sanchez and Ozil expected to move on in the summer, but one thing backers can rely on in this fixture is goals. The pair played out a 2-1 City win at the Etihad earlier in the season – Sane and Sterling bettering an opener from Walcott – meaning the last three matches involving these two rivals has seen both teams find the net, at least once.

The Gunners celebrated a 2-1 win when last hosting, and clicking yes in the both teams to score coupon at Coral again will grab you 1/2. One for your Sunday multiples, perhaps. The game producing over 2.5 goals is a definite option at 4/7.

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Gunners can rely on Giroud form

The trouble in north London has not gone unnoticed at Coral, and our football guys seem eager to take them on again here, with those who fancy a play on the home win getting a chunky 2/1 with us. A nice price, made all the sweeter by the fact Arsenal haven’t lost a home match vs City in over four years.

Those who like to keep the stats close will be interested to learn that French striker Olivier Giroud has scored three goals in the last four renewals of this fixture, and he can be backed at 5/1 to net first on Sunday, or 5/4 in the anytime market.

Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City to 10 successive wins during his reign so far.

Man City take heart from the results

Manager Pep Guardiola can take plenty from his side’s recent form, an unbeaten run stretching back seven games, including wins over West Ham, Bournemouth and Sunderland, all without conceding a goal. The visitors will be encouraged by how recent results have gone against their opponents too, losing four of their last five, including a pitiful 3-1 reverse to West Brom last time.

There’s no chance of The Citizens winning the league, that ship has long since sailed, but they do have hope of claiming a silver medal finish, with Spurs just two points ahead. An injury to Petr Cech, meaning he misses Sunday, will do nothing but encourage the visitors, and they have been marked up at 13/10 to get the verdict. A real slice of value, given the form.

Fancy Man City to hike up the heat on Wenger? Why not take both teams to score in an away day? Our traders will reward you with a tasty 13/5 if it comes good. Pep win and over 2.5 goals is a 21/10 poke.

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