Arsenal odds on but draw still looks a popular bet

BETTING: After winning only one of their last five matches, City will be keen to get back on the winning trail in tomorrow’s televised lunchtime kick-off at home to Arsenal.

Despite the one win since late September, there is every reason to be optimistic – a win would put the Canaries within three points of the Gunners in the league table, yet they open as Betdaq’s 5.5 (9/2) underdogs to claim a maximum haul, while Arsenal, aided by a host of international stars, have been installed as Totesport’s 4/6 favourites.

However, given that City managed an impressive nine goals in their last four outings, most punters are anticipating a goalfest where 3.5 goals or more weighs in at Sportingbet’s 31/20. Not surprisingly, the match draw, quoted at 11/4 (bet365), has proved particularly popular, as there is every likelihood that tomorrow’s meeting will be tight.

Punters who concur can get 7/5 (Boylesports) against the opening period ending with honours even and 7/1 about it finishing 1-1 via Skybet. Those who suspect the first half will establish a trend for the second period can get 6/1 about both halves concluding level, courtesy of Victor Chandler.

One further advantage of City’s lengthy match win price is also evident in the game’s handicap markets where the men in yellow and green are 11/10 (bet365) to win when handed the benefit of a one-goal start. It might take an artificial strike to decide the winner, but the most popular outcome in the correct score market with home fans is 1-0 to Norwich, offered at 8.0 (7/1) by Betdaq.