This weeks game at the Etihad was always expected to be extremely crucial, but not so long it ago it was supposed to be a title decider between Arsenal and Man City. Pelligrini’s side lost to Southampton last week, probably because their minds were on last night Champions League decider against Real Madrid with a place in the Final of Europe’s greatest competition at stake.
Sadly that didn’t go as planned for City and now they are in a straight fight with Arsenal for automatic qualification to next seasons Champions League, and if they beat the Gunners this weekend they will leapfrog Arsenal into third on goal difference with just one game to play, so Arsene Wenger will be desperate to get at least a point to keep us in the driving seat.
Man City will have to pick themselves up after last night’s disappointment, while Arsenal have had a full week to recover from last weeks win over Norwich, so that may be a factor in Arsenal’s favour,as well as Wenger having a full squad to choose from for a change.
Man City are slight favourites at 2.40 in the 888sport football betting odds, while Arsenal are a very reasonably priced 2.90, but surely this nail-biting game will be a tough match to call. Arsenal fans like me will be praying for a very tight draw at least so I’ll be taking the 3.50 on offer from 888sport which is basically a bet on Arsenal finishing third and securing the automatic Champions League spot.
Am I being too optimistic?