BEN CLEMINSON WITH HIS BEST FOOTBALL BETS FOR THE WEEKEND
TO FOOTBALL fans, the international break coming immediately after deadline day is like the tantalising postponement a child endures in between opening their Christmas presents and waiting until after lunch to play with them.
For Arsenal fans, seeing new signing Danny Welbeck bag a brace against Switzerland on England duty will have ratcheted up their excitement even further.
The striker is 6/1 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring when the Gunners face Manchester City in tomorrow’s early kick off. If you fancy a repeat of Monday when the former Manchester United man’s goal minutes made up 148, his goal minutes can be bought at 18 with Sporting Index.
Neither side have made an ideal start to their campaign, with Arsene Wenger’s side drawing two of their three games, including a particularly frustrating 1-1 stalemate with newly promoted Leicester City in their last game.
Man City fared worse that weekend, going down 1-0 at home to Stoke. This game then, despite coming so early on, has the potential to be crucial in the shaping of the two sides’ seasons.
Wenger currently has the bragging rights over Manuel Pellegrini, as his men won 3-0 in the Community Shield in their most recent meeting. However, his side managed just three wins against the top seven last season and have beaten City just once in the last seven league encounters.
The last three meetings between the pair in any competition have thrown up 14 goals and, given Arsenal’s frailties, a buy of goals at 2.95 with Sporting Index is advised in what should be an open game.
Despite home advantage, I can see City edging this one and abolishing memories of that poor performance against the Potters. The visitors are the marginal favourites with Sporting Index, with their supremacy pitched at 0.05-0.25. That’s worth buying as I’d be surprised if the hosts won this, and a draw would mean minimal losses anyway.
I’m unconvinced Welbeck is the answer to Arsenal’s current lack of options up front, and you have to fancy City outscoring them. Star man Aaron Ramsey is also a slight doubt having suffered a slight injury to his ankle and I just believe City will have too much pace and power across the field.
The reigning champions overcame a sluggish start to the campaign last season, when their away form was very shaky, and Pellegrini will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that.
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