talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK previews Arsenal v Man City on Sunday with his recommended selections on starsports.bet including a BOOSTED treble.
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All eyes will be on North London on Sunday afternoon as champions at Manchester City, travel to last, season’s runners-up Arsenal in what is arguably the biggest game of the season so far.
Arsenal landed a psychological blow by beating City on penalties in the Community Shield at Wembley in August and are viewed as the main barrier to Pep Guardiola’s side becoming the first team in history to win four successive top-flight titles.
However, their record in the Premier League is lamentable having been beaten on each of the last 12 meetings – their longest losing run against any side.
The 4-1 thrashing at the Etihad at the back end of last season, which effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes was a particularly demoralising one so at the very least Mikel Arteta will be desperate for his team to be far more competitive following an expensive summer rebuild.
City will once again be without key duo Rodri, due to suspension, and Kevin De Bruyne, who is still sidelined by injury, which has to give Arsenal as good an opportunity as ever to end their hoodoo.
But the sight of Bukayo Saka hobbling off injured during their mid-week Champions League defeat at Lens will have left home fans with that sinking feeling.
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The positive news is that Saka has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming international break, suggesting the injury is not long-term.
If Saka is not fit to play, ending his proud run of 87 Premier League starts on the spin, then that hands the advantage back to City in my opinion, given how pivotal the ‘Star Boy’ has been in their unbeaten start to the domestic season.
I was at Molineux last weekend to see Guardiola’s men humbled by struggling Wolves and they have not been at their brilliant best so far this season.
Guardiola (pictured below) has an impressive record of rarely losing back-to-back matches and in fact it is five years since City were beaten in successive league games, so in some ways that surprise reverse may work against Arsenal.
Neither side have looked especially watertight defensively so when I arrive at the Emirates Stadium I will be anticipating goals.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 7/2 with starsports.bet is my standout selection.
Erling Haaland cuts a familiar figure at the top of the Premier League scoring charts, but I don’t think the Norwegian has been at his sharpest so far and fired another blank in the Champions League win at RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
Haaland has fond the net just once in his last four games and while backing that drought to continue could be a risky business, I like the look of his strike partner Julian Alvarez to continue his brilliant form.
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