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Ed Chamberlin - Ed Chamberlin Posted 19th January 2012 view comments

Revenge.

That is what Super Sunday is all about this weekend and it promises to be an absolutely sensational day of Premier League football.

Tottenham will be looking to avenge the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City while Arsenal will be searching for pay back from the 8-2 humiliation at Old Trafford.

Etihad Stadium: Table toppers City have been superb on their own patch

Etihad Stadium: Table toppers City have been superb on their own patch

I'll be presenting both games live from the Emirates alongside Graeme Souness and Gary Neville from 1pm on Sky Sports HD1, Sky Go and in Sky 3D. It promises to be quite a day, I hope you can join us.

Sky Bet's title odds: 1/2 Man City, 12/5 Man Utd, 12/1 Tottenham, 40/1 Chelsea, 100/1 Arsenal, 500/1 Liverpool

I'm sure the return of the legends - Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry and Man Utd's 10-time title winner Paul Scholes - will hog the headlines, but the game itself revolves around Arsenal's defending.

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It's the most important day in the title race so far and likely to see a shake-up in Sky Bet's odds.

Last weekend's action saw Manchester City shorten with Sky Bet to 1/2 after an unconvincing win against Wigan, United cut to 12/5 following their cruise against Bolton, while Tottenham surprisingly doubled in price to 12/1 after they were held by Wolves.

However, that price will be slashed if they can win at the Etihad on Sunday.

Man City 5/6, Draw 13/5, Tottenham 16/5

Spurs are out for revenge after Man City won 5-1 at White Hart Lane on August 28 when Edin Dzeko scored four in City's biggest ever win at White Hart Lane. City were on fire at that stage but this time it looks like Tottenham are catching them at just the right time.

The league leaders are missing key players, have lost three of their last five games in all competitions and dropped 10 points in the last nine Premier League games, having dropped only two points in their first 12.

Spurs also have a great record against Manchester City in the Premier League. Tottenham have won 19 games versus Man City and not won more top-flight games against any other side, despite City missing five of the 20 Premier League seasons. Tottenham have won five of their last seven visits to Man City and garnered more away wins against Man City than against any other club.

Unlike City, Spurs remain in excellent form. They have now taken 46 points from 21 games and are the closest they've been to the top of the table at this stage of a season in 27 years, since they were top on New Year's Day in 1985 alongside Everton. If Spurs made this start last season, they would be top of the Premier League, one point clear of Man United.

The problem they have is that Manchester City are such a different side to the team Spurs have played over the years and these days are an absolute juggernaut at home. City are the only club in all four English League divisions with a 100 per cent home record.

Only once in English top division history has a team gone a whole season without dropping a single point at home - Sunderland in 1891-92 (they did play only 13 home games that season). To put it in to perspective, no top division side has ever completed a season with a 100 per cent home record in Germany or Italy.

Man City have won their last 15 PL home games since a 1-1 draw against Fulham in February 2011. Fulham were the only visiting PL team to avoid defeat here in 2011 and City have now taken 58 points from 60 available at home since Christmas 2010. If they win on Sunday it will equal their all-time club record of 16 successive home League wins set between November 1920 and August 1921

Tottenham are in great form but face a massive task on Sunday. For me, this is the most telling stat: Spurs have only won a Premier League away game against a side at the top of the table once. It came in their first ever PL away win in November 1992 - 2-0 at table toppers Blackburn.

Arsenal 9/5, Draw 23/10, Manchester United 6/4

All eyes will then turn to the Emirates. I'm sure the return of the legends - Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry and Man Utd's 10-time title winner Paul Scholes - will hog the headlines, but the game itself revolves around Arsenal's defending.

Gary Neville explained their problems at the back brilliantly on the Monday Night Football. Miguel and Djourou really struggled at full-back against Swansea and you wonder what damage Nani and Valencia could do on Sunday. The Arsenal team news will be crucial at 3pm and I can see a flood of money for United at 8/5 if Wenger's back four is the same.

Arsenal have lost their last two Premier League games and conceded five goals, but they have been strong at home. They have only conceded six goals at the Emirates and have taken 23 points from last 27 available at the ground.

During the last campaign, Man United only claimed five away wins but they have the best away record in the top flight this season: most away wins (7), most away points (23) and best away defensive record (just six goals conceded).

If Arsene Wenger's injury problems clear up at the back, we will be in for a fascinating and close contest. So, is revenge on the cards?

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