Our man-in-the-know is expecting plenty of goals in an open game at The Emirates, while predicting Antonio Valencia to score in a comfortable victory for Manchester United over Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
Roberto Mancini continues to rotate Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov at left-back as both defenders struggle to nail down a regular starting spot. Arsenal can take advantage of City’s weakness and Walcott has been impressive on the wing in recent games. The England forward has eight goals this season, including two in his last two games, and the Tipster reckons that 13/5 is great value for him to score against City on Sunday.
City are currently five points behind league leaders United following disappointing draws against Stoke City and Sunderland. Mancini’s side will be desperate to maintain their slim chances of winning the league title by beating Arsenal in north London. The Gunners, meanwhile, will be keen to capitalise on Tottenham’s failure to beat Sunderland on Saturday in the race for third place. With both sides sure to be gunning for victory, over 3.5 goals is a value bet at 7/4.
Valencia is the English top flight’s in-form player and the Ecuadorian midfielder has been propelling United towards title glory in recent weeks. The 26-year-old has scored four league goals for the Red Devils this season and the former Wigan Athletic star netted in a 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Monday night. So, Valencia to score against strugglers QPR is a good bet at 6/4.
While QPR have picked up two crucial victories against Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks, and both upsets came at Loftus Road. Mark Hughes’ side have simply been dreadful on the road, losing seven of their last nine games. Meanwhile, United are closing in on a 20th league title and the Tipster is backing the Red Devils to beat QPR by three goals or more at 13/10.
Mancini’s side have made a habit of salvaging points from losing positions over the past month. City came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, and rescued a point against Stoke and Sunderland after initially falling behind. So, the Tipster’s audacious long-range effort for this edition is City to come from behind to beat Arsenal at 9/1.
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