Manchester City v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Manchester City v Arsenal

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and despite the odds being so short, it is worth backing the champions at 1/3 with Bet365. Arsenal have not beaten the champions in the league since 2015 with City hitting six goals against the Gunners in their last two games. This game is always a combative affair and you can increase the overall value by backing over 4.5 cards at 11/10 with the same bookmaker.

Manchester City host Arsenal in a crucial game that could have a big impact on the race for Champions League football. The home side have had their lead in second cut to four by Leicester City while Arsenal will be looking to keep up their momentum and secure fifth spot, which will qualify them for next season if City’s ban is enforced. It is the first time Mikel Arteta is playing Pep Guardiola since leaving Manchester. Will the apprentice triumph or will the master prevail over his former number two?

Manchester City come into this game having lost in the Manchester derby last time out. Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay secured the three points and City at times were struggling to recreate the flowing football that has epitomised Guardiola’s time at the Etihad. City dominated the ball recording over 72% possession as the away side but could not penetrate to create chances and this will be a concern with the second-leg against Real Madrid coming up. Question marks remain as to whether the team is motivated in the league but the players certainly started with intent and many will be looking to maintain their form and ensure they start against Madrid. However Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have the formula against Guardiola and the home side setup well defensively and countered with intent, often creating the better chances. The gamble to start with Phil Foden on the right wing didn’t bear fruit as too often he was left isolated and struggled to get in the game. The introduction of Riyad Mahrez changed the dynamic and his direct threat had Luke Shaw on the back foot. But another goalkeeping error from reliable Ederson killed off any chances of City getting something from the game when his quick release went straight to McTominay who pounced for United’s second. Guardiola will be concerned at the mistakes creeping into his team’s play, especially from those he has been able to rely on in the past. The plus side for City is that their next three games are all at home and the crowd will push the side to hit top form for the remainder of the season.

Arsenal have been solid rather than spectacular of late but kept up their push for a Champions League spot by beating West Ham 1-0 last time out. A late strike from Alexandre Lacazette secured the points to extend their unbeaten run in the league to nine games. The improvement in both their attacking play and ability to be solid in defence has been noticeable since Arteta took over from Unai Emery and he will be keen to match Solskjaer’s success against his former mentor when they meet for the first time. This subplot is the most gripping element of this clash as most will be looking to see how Arteta approaches the game having learnt under Guardiola for so long. The team know they will be without the ball for long periods of the game and the likes of David Luiz and Granit Xhaka will need to maintain their discipline if Arsenal are to get something from the game.

In team news Manchester City are without Aymeric Laporte who was injured against Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League game. The champions will also be sweating on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne who may be rested even if declared fit with the second-leg coming up. Guardiola may take the same approach with Sergio Aguero who was replaced by Gabriel Jesus against United, with the Argentine seen sporting an ice pack once he had come off. Leroy Sane remains City’s other long-term absentee.

Arsenal will be without Lucas Torreira who has been ruled out for up to ten weeks with an ankle injury. The Gunners are also without Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares.

Punter's Pick

Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and despite the odds being so short, it is worth backing the champions at 1/3 with Bet365. Arsenal have not beaten the champions in the league since 2015 with City hitting six goals against the Gunners in their last two games. This game is always a combative affair and you can increase the overall value by backing over 4.5 cards at 11/10 with the same bookmaker.

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