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Giroud to help Arsenal beat inconsistent Man City once more

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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