Arsenal host Stoke City while faultless Man City travel to Crystal Palace
With the Premier League returning to our screens this weekend after a thrilling international break, we bring you previews for two terrific matches, as Arsenal welcome Stoke City and Manchester City make their way to south London as they prepare to take on Crystal Palace.
Arsenal v Stoke City
The Gunners were worthy winners at the Emirates last season, storming their way to a comprehensive 3-0 victory. They are odds-on at 1/4 with Coral to win this clash, though Mark Hughes’ side is much changed from last term, after a busy summer at the Staffordshire outfit.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Marco van Ginkel and Ibrahim Afellay are all notable arrivals, though the latter will complete a two-match ban before he is allowed to play again. The former duo are 7/2 and 7/1 respectively to net anytime, while Potters top scorer Mame Biram Diouf, is 10/3 in the same market.
Alexis Sanchez bagged a brace in this fixture last season and is 6/1 to equal or better that achievement this time, while Laurent Koscielny who returns to the side along with Per Mertesacker opened the scoring and is 8/1 anytime.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have an unblemished record in the Premier League so far this term and are yet to concede a goal. They are odds-on at 8/13 to beat the Eagles, who actually ran out 2-1 winners last season in front of a home crowd.
If City pick up where they left off before the international break though, there will be no stopping them. Sergio Aguero notched three in two matches for Argentina and looks sharper than ever. The striker is 4/1 to net two or more.
At the Etihad last season, it was a different story, as City ran out 3-0 winners, with David Silva netting twice. The Spaniard has had a sensational start to the campaign and is 7/4 in the anytime market. Pellegrini also has the luxury of being able to pick Belgian assists machine Kevin De Bruyne after his blockbuster move from Wolfsburg.
The hosts have also had a great start to the season, winning three out of four, including a brilliant 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge last time out. Bakary Sako struck his second goal of the campaign and is 10/3 to net anytime while Yohan Cabaye who dispatched on his debut against Norwich, is a good shout at 11/2 in the same market.
Coral’s top tip: Aguero to score two or more @ 4/1 is tasty after two terrific matches for Argentina in which he struck three times