Arsenal v Man City
Premier League. Kick-Off: 4:00pm, Sunday August 12th. Live on Sky Sports.
THIS may not seem the most thoughtful tip, as it is hardly insightful to point towards goals when you look at this type of fixture.
I am a favourite backer though and love chasing goals in games that are expected to be high scoring – if the price is right of course.
I have been hunting around and as expected all that’s available is the 1/2 range for the two standard bets for these types of games – both teams to score and ‘over 2.5 goals.
I like the look of combining the two though especially as Marathonbet – seemingly the only bookie who will let me get 3 points on without making a fuss – are going 1.83 about it.
A price of 5/6 is fair – it is as short 4/6 in places. City were creating chances for fun at Wembley on Sunday and could have easily got four or five.
Aguero looked dangerous all afternoon against Chelsea and has a good record for scoring both on the opening day and against Arsenal in general. He is definitely going to grab a few chances and I’d back him to take at least one. I will be taking the 21/20 on him to score.
I am also confident Arsenal will find the net at least once on Sunday. They start a new dawn under Unai Emery by welcoming the champions into their own backyard – the players and fans are going to be desperate to do their bit.
I expect an impressive performance from the Gunners in front of a memorable atmosphere. They may have to surrender the possession at home for once but they are more than capable of causing the City defence problems and will be in the right mood to do so.
City’s attacking capabilities need no explanation – few teams will stop them scoring over 90 minutes this season.
If both stick to the script and score this bet just needs one of the sides to go one goal better. I’m confident they will.
Both sides are clearly capable – and indeed fairly likely – to score twice or more in a fascinating game in front of the Sky cameras.
Anyone with any sense would look at last season’s dominance and have Man City as justified favourites for this one but odds on looks too short.
They couldn’t have had a tougher opening game – they are facing one of the top boys away from home, in front of a new manager for the first time in over 20 years.
I’ll be avoiding the W-D-W market and will simply enjoy every single attack, hoping the ball ends up in the net.
So three or more goals with both teams scoring is my main bet of the weekend and I’m confident whatever happens it offers good value as well as an enjoyable bet to cheer on during the first Super Sunday of the season.