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

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Premier League Manchester City v Arsenal

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Sunday, December 15, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Manchester start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. As the champions are likely to dominate possession we feel that backing a -3 corner handicap with Bet365 at 10/11 represents good value. This game is also likely to be a combative encounter with plenty of mistimed tackles and over 3.5 cards can be backed at 8/13 with the same bookmaker. 

Arsenal welcome champions Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium as two Premier League giants clash in their hopes of securing a top four finish. Arsenal are still finding their feet since the sacking of Unai Emery but a result here would boost everyone at the club. Can the Gunners shock the champions and inflict their 5th league defeat this term?

Arsenal have had a torrid time in recent weeks with the team going through a run of nine games without a win in all competitions. The sword fell on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg was installed as the temporary manager. However the Swede wasn’t able to generate the instant success that comes from a change of manager and had to wait until the game against West Ham for his first three points. Although the result was a good one, the team lacked any creativity and drive for the first hour of the game in which they went a goal down to a header from Angelo Ogbonna. The lack of quality from West Ham was more the reason why they couldn’t capitalise further rather than anything the Gunners had done differently but the spark provided by Gabriel Martinelli was rewarded when the youngster brought Arsenal level. That goal triggered a spectacular ten minute period in which Pepe and Aubameyang both scored to take the game away from West Ham and break their own nine game winless sequence. The defence however remains the concern as the likes of Sokratis and David Luiz look fragile at the back and if Torreira, Ozil and Guendouzi don’t protect them then City could run riot on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester City have fallen 14 points off the pace in the title race but they are refusing to give up their crown just yet. Although this is a bigger lead than the one Liverpool had last year, Pep Guardiola will still take some confidence from the fact that the Reds couldn’t get over the line last term. The champions will be looking to put right their last league performance when they were beaten by city rivals Manchester United, despite having almost 72% possession. The blueprint of hitting the champions on the counter-attack isn’t a new one and was perfectly executed by Wolves earlier in the season as well. After Rashford and Martial both struck, City found it difficult to penetrate United’s back line but Guardiola will feel that Arsenal’s team won’t be as resolute. The mentality of his players will also be a positive as they bounced back well in a Champions League dead rubber at Dinamo Zagreb with Gabriel Jesus finding form in scoring a hattrick. How they set up against Arsenal will be interesting as if they dominate possession throughout, then they may prefer the ball playing skills of Gundogan over Rodri and overrun Arsenal early.

In team news Arsenal have not reported any fresh injury concerns after their game in Zagreb. Hector Bellerin and Pepe are doubts and will be assessed late on. Kieran Tiernay is definitely out having dislocated his shoulder in the last game against West Ham.

City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero who remains injured, with Gabriel Jesus likely to continue in his absence. John Stones will also be out so Otamendi will probably lineup alongside Fernandinho.

In recent years Manchester City have dominated this fixture with Gunners fans having to go back to 2015 for the last time they won. City have won the last four league fixtures with Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scoring the goals in a 2-0 win at the Emirates last season. The champions followed that up with a 3-1 win at the Etihad in which Sergio Aguero scored a hattrick.

Punter's Pick

Manchester start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. As the champions are likely to dominate possession we feel that backing a -3 corner handicap with Bet365 at 10/11 represents good value. This game is also likely to be a combative encounter with plenty of mistimed tackles and over 3.5 cards can be backed at 8/13 with the same bookmaker. 

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