Arsenal v Manchester City
16.00 - 4/2/2017 - Emirates Stadium, North London
Arsenal are in dire straits and Arsene Wenger hasn’t got a Sutton Utd or Lincoln to face to ease some of the pressure he’s under this time as his side instead host Man City, who they’ll also face in the FA Cup in three weeks. The Citizens have been held to draws in their last two, at home to Stoke and Liverpool, but they’re now unbeaten in seven and seven points clear of the Gunners, though they have played a game more.
While the Gunners have lost five of their last seven away, they’ve won six of seven at home and are W4-D2-L1 when hosting top-five sides since the start of last season, with their sole defeat in that time coming against Liverpool on the opening day of the season. As a result, there looks to be something of an overreaction to their poor away form when it comes to the prices here. The last time the Gunners were 3.0 or bigger at home was interestingly in this very fixture almost three years ago to the day. That game ended 1-1, with the Gunners going out to Bayern in the Champions League a couple of weeks before whilst being thumped 6-0 at Chelsea and held to a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea in their two games prior to that 1-1 draw, with Wenger again under severe pressure at the time.
City have won their last three away but each of these victories have come over sides currently in the bottom half and after their victory at Old Trafford early on in the season they’ve since lost and failed to score in all three of their trips to top-seven sides. Indeed, the Citizens have struggled somewhat against their competitors for European spots all season as they’re just W2-D3-L4 against top-seven teams and as a result we’re certainly going to take them on at 2.2.
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