Testing time for City

They say the biggest test of a top team is their response to a defeat, so it will be fascinating to see how City fare against Arsenal on Sunday.

I wouldn’t say it’s the ideal game for the Blues to get the Stamford Bridge loss out of their system, but I still expect them to win.

Eastlands has been a fortress this season in the Premier League, with City having a 100% record there thanks to 24 goals scored and only four conceded.

That’s why they are just 4/7 to make it eight out of eight. It’s 4/1 for an Arsenal victory and 13/5 for the draw.

United fans will be hoping Gooners striker Robin van Persie can keep up his stunning scoring form and he is 11/2 to notch the first goal.

Sergio Aguero is the 4/1 favourite ahead of 9/2 Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, who took his opener against Chelsea on Monday with typical nonchalance.

That game ended perfectly for us Reds as the gap at the top of the table remained two points, with City out to 4/5 to capture the title and United in to 15/8.

Fergie’s boys could be at the summit by the time City kick off and are 4/9 for the three points at QPR that would lift them above their ‘noisy neighbours’, temporarily at least.

I was really sorry to learn this week about the nature of Darren Fletcher’s problems and I very much hope he can get back to full fitness as soon as possible, not just for United’s sake but his own quality of life.

In the meantime, hopefully the players available can keep grinding out results and I was delighted to see Nani and Antonio Valencia shine on the flanks against Wolves last week.

Like Sir Alex, I want to see Wayne Rooney go on a goalscoring spree after his latest double and he is 3/1 to net the opener at Loftus Road.

You can also have an enhanced price of 6/4 if you think both Manchester clubs will win on Sunday…could be a good way to pay for those Christmas expenses!

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