Sunday, October 24, 2010


Manchester City - Arsenal

Think that we will see these two go for it this afternoon. City have been miserly in the EPL with regard to goals conceded but have allowed at least one in 5 from 6 starts in all competitions and gave up an awful lot of chances in the matches against Lech Poznan and Blackpool, they were also run ragged for 15-20 minutes by Juventus . Therefore, I believe that their defensive record is a little misleading, they have ridden their luck at times and doubts still remain about their back four, at least when their opponents have the ball, going forward they look excellent. Of course, at the other end of the pitch they are on fire, Tevez is scoring for fun, Johnson and Silva are a joy to watch and even Adebayor, who is a lazy so and so and rarely breaks into a sweat comes into the match with a hat-trick in midweek and will be looking to start against his former employers. I doubt that he and Jo together could produce enough energy to run a light bulb, whereas you could run the National Grid off Carlos Tevez !

Adebayor's celebration after scoring in City's 4-2 win in this fixture last season still rankles with the Gunners, as does his tackle on Van Persie and Mancini might decide to start him on the bench, even so, his mere presence is likely to fire up the visiting players and supporters. Arsenal seem likely to score, something they have done in 19 of their last 20 starts, only coming up short against their nemesis, Chelsea. They will be without the suspended Jack Wilshere, but have Cesc Fabregas back in the fold and you know that they will take the game to City, it is only when they play the team from SW6 that they go into their shell. All in all this will be fun, two teams far happier on the front foot, yet both looking suspect in central defence, a bit of added spice regarding the Togolese "superstar" and each a bit more steely than we normally give them credit for. The EPL championship is still up for grabs, the winner will become a major player for the title, goals look on the cards, sit back and enjoy !

"over" 2.5 goals 2.0 +

Good Luck.

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