Published on January 2nd, 2011 | by Sportingly Better Tipster0
Premier League Predictions 4th Jan & 5th Jan
The battle against the drop and the race for the Premiership title is beginning to heat up as Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates in the stand out tie of the round.
Arsenal have a tremendous hold over their title rivals at home and are unbeaten in the head to head standings in 28 meetings a run that stretches all the way back to 1975. Nowadays Manchester City have their riches and look a more assured outfit under Roberto Mancini and Arsenal do not have the same advantage at the Emirates yet that they enjoyed at Higbury particularly throughout their dominant spell in the 1990’s. Both sides are in good form with Arsenal winning 4 out of their last 6 games and Man City 5 out of their last 6 games, so the outcome is none too certain in this fixture.
But it’s goals we again turn to where 4 out of Man City’s last 5 games have seen 3 or more goals. For Arsenal it’s 6 out of 7 and only Manchester United have stopped the Gunners scoring in their last 9 games. The Emirates has seen it’s fair share of goals this season with 78% of games featured going over 2.5 goals. 7 out of the last 11 meetings between these two sides have surpassed this mark and this clash should not be short of a goal or two.
Over 2.5 goals (Arsenal v Manchester City) @1.8
Stoke picked up a valuable 3 points against Everton at the Britannia Stadium but this time around travel to Old Trafford where they have lost by more than 1 goal in 3 of their last 4 visits. Manchester United have won the last 6 games against Stoke and again this season have a formidable home record; having won 6 out of their 10 games played by at least 2 or more goals.
Stoke’s inadequacy up front is all to evident and have only scored an average of 1.25 goals this season. Matthew Etherington has been their stand out player this season, but it is not an encouraging sign when any side’s second top goalscorer is a German centre half. Kenywne Jones can be a handful, but Stoke will struggle to get much change out of United’s backline, especially if Van der Sar returns and Gary Neville is replaced. Rooney looks like he has sparked back into life and with Nani set to return, Ferguson’s side should have more than enough to dispatch the Potters.
Manchester United -1 @1.72