Adebayor to annoy Arsenal more
Emmanuel Adebayor caused controversy with his goal celebration in the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal earlier this season at Eastlands.
The striker ran the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal in front of the Arsenal fans, much to their anger. At the end of last season Adebayor was an unpopular figure in north London and this has only further escalated since his summer move to Man City as he has made numerous derogatory comments in the media and as well as the aforementioned celebration he also stamped on Robin van Persie in the same match.
It is fair to say that the Togo international will be fired up for this clash so it is hard to imagine Mark Hughes leaving him out. Therefore the 6/4 about him to score again should be taken up.
One would imagine that Hughes will pick his strongest possible line up as the pressure of the Dubai billions is on him and this is by far City's best opportunity to win a trophy this season. On the other hand Arsene Wenger will, in all likelihood, stick to his principles and select a side made up of squad and youth players.
Often Wenger's young Gunners impress in the Carling Cup but they go so far and then have a tendency to lose when they come up against a good side at full strength. This was the case last season as Burnley, in front of a vociferous Turf Moor crowd, knocked Arsenal out of the competition in the quarter-finals. It also happened the season before as rivals Tottenham hammered them 6-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
For this reason Man City look a good bet at 10/11 to win in 90 minutes. City can also be backed at 2/5 to qualify.
City have stuttered of late in the Premier League as they have drawn seven matches in a row as their bid to gatecrash the top four has faltered.
But with a fired up Adebayor and a weaker Arsenal line up then City should be able to get back to winning ways and restore some confidence ahead of their weekend match with Chelsea.
For better value than the 10/11 for a City win you can get 9/4 about a Man City victory and an Adebayor goal in the anytime wincast market.
Arsenal's youngsters are full of attacking intent so a bet on both teams to score at 8/13 could reap rewards. On a similar line of thought over 2.5 goals could be worth a bet at odds of 4/6.
Wenger will be hoping for a morale boosting win after the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, but the task looks to be beyond Arsenal's youngsters as Mark Hughes should be able to ease some of the pressure on him, at least temporarily, by his City side winning this Carling Cup tie and progressing through to the semi-finals.
Play the video at the top of the page for more opinion on the game as Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern join William Hill Radio's Lee Phelps