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

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Manchester City v Arsenal

Premier League: Sun, 03/02  Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium

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With City starting as favourites, there isn’t much outright value in backing the champions at 3/10. As this is likely to be an attacking game we feel that there is good value in backing the corners market, with Bet365 offering 5/6 for over 10 corners. The same bookmaker is also offering 10/11 on over 3.5 goals which is very likely to happen, or at least offer good cashout potential once the first couple go in.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The standout fixture this weekend sees champions Man City go up against top four hopefuls Arsenal. Both teams have been built on a philosophy of attacking play and it is likely to be a spectacular encounter at the Etihad in what could be a defining week for City.

 

After their shock 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle, Pep Guardiola will be hoping that his team bounce back against an Arsenal team that have the quality to hurt them in the final third. City made a blistering start in their game against Newcastle, with Sergio Aguero scoring within the first 30 seconds. With it looking like a case of ‘how many’ for City, the champions inexplicably switched off and looked slow and lethargic as they hunted a second. With he Magpies slowly growing in to the game. City struggled to penetrate and soon found themselves behind after goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie. This is something they can ill afford against The Gunners and Pep certainly will have fired a broadside at his players to ensure they are ready for this encounter.

 

Arsenal’s form has been patchy of late, with their last eight games in all competitions yielding four victories, three losses and a draw. However, within those results was a memorable victory over Chelsea and a 2-1 victory over Cardiff last time out. However a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the cup showed their defensive vulnerabilities, especially against the counter attack, where the pace of Lukaku, Sanchez and Lingard exposed their defence on numerous occasions.

 

In team news, Ederson should be fit to play despite picking up a knock against Newcastle. Long-terms absentee Benjamin Mendy is still a doubt despite being back in training and City will be looking to get him match fit as quickly as possible, as the left side of their defence has proven to be a weakness in recent weeks. Captain Vincent Kompany remains out, but Guardiola should still have a near full strength team to pick from.

 

Arsenal could give new loan signing Denis Suarez his debut after securing his services from Barcelona. However Unai Emery has seen many of his players go down with injuries in recent games and he will therefore give late fitness tests to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny having seen Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Sokratis Papastathopolous all succumb to long-term injuries.

 

In recent meetings, City certainly do have the advantage over The Gunners, having won their last four meetings on the bounce. In their last eight in all competitions, Arsenal have only managed one victory so the champions certainly will start as favourites. A dominant performance earlier in the season saw City win 2-0 with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva and the dominated the game with 58% possession.

 

However Arsenal have the firepower to upset City, especially given their nervousness at the back in recent games. Aubameyang and Lacazette both scored in their last game and the team looks better when Mesut Ozil starts and is on form. This will be the key conundrum for Emery, as to whether he looks to have his playmaker start or solidify his midfield with more defensively minded players.

 

 

With City starting as favourites, there isn’t much outright value in backing the champions at 3/10. As this is likely to be an attacking game we feel that there is good value in backing the corners market, with Bet365 offering 5/6 for over 10 corners. The same bookmaker is also offering 10/11 on over 3.5 goals which is very likely to happen, or at least offer good cashout potential once the first couple go in.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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