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What do the bookies think?

Arsenal look terrific value at 5.5 with Betfred, Boylesports and Paddy Power to take the scalp of league leaders Man City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
 
That really does look a massive price for the Gunners who seem to have been underestimated by the bookies given that they have been in terrific form in recent weeks and currently sit in fifth place –  just nine points behind the table toppers.
 
Chelsea proved on Monday when coming from one down to beat City 2-1 that Roberto Mancini’s men are far from invincible, and Arsene Wenger will have taken plenty of encouragement from that result given that his side have looked very solid recently.
 
The stats certainly give Arsenal a better chance than what the bookies think, as City have lost at home to the Gunners 10 times in the Premier League and 20 times in all competitions.
 
The home side also really struggled in last month’s Carling Cup clash between the two sides, winning 1-0 with their only shot on target.
 
I really do think Arsenal are capable of serving it up to the City especially as they have the ultimate goal scoring machine in the shape of  Robin van Persie.
 
The Dutchman has simply proved just too hot to handle this season and has now netted 33 goals in 32 Premier League games in 2011.
 
He has also scored an incredible 18 goals in his last 16 PL away appearances, so at 7 with Boylesports to net the opener has to be worth a wager.
 
Another cracking looking bet is for him to score anytime during the 90 minutes. Boylesports go a standout 3 and that looks incredible value as some firms go just 2.25 for what has proved a winning recipe for backers so far this season
 
I fancy Arsenal to win this 2-1 and that outcome can be backed at a whopping 19 with Betfred and Boylesports.

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