Man City vs Arsenal – Premier League Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
The undisputed derby of Day 17 of the Premier League takes place at the Etihad Stadium, where Guardiola’s team host the Gunners, in a thrilling encounter on Sunday afternoon. The Citizens are in desperate need of points, while a draw between the two sides could send Chelsea up to 8 points in the standings. Who will edge this great game?
Machester City vs Arsenal – 18/12/2016
Betting Odds At The Best UK Bookmakers
FT Result: Man City 2.15 or 23/20 Draw 3.60 or 13/5 Arsenal 3.50 or 5/2
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 1.65 or 13/20 Under 2.20 or 6/5
Both Teams To Score: Yes 1.53 or 8/15 No 2.37 or 11/8
City’s game isn’t anywhere near what the fans would have expected at the start of the season. Their defense is rather weak, conceding 19 times so far, and they’ve had their fair share of disappointing results – especially at home, where they’ve only won one of their last 5 games.
They’re also preparing for the game against the Gunners without Aguero, Fernandinho, Gundogan and Kompany, all very important pieces in Guardiola’s puzzle. The first will surely be missed since Nolito has clearly shown he is not a striker in their last game.
On the other hand, Arsenal’s defeat against Everton in mid week was only their second of the season. They sit just 1 point over City, in 3rd place, and are looking to drop few or no points in their quest to catch Chelsea.
They also have a few absences – Debuchy, Mertesacker, Mustafi, and Cazorla – but thankfully their awesome attacking players will all be on the field.
They are also one of the best teams in the league away from home, only losing once – the same midweek defeat against Everton we’ve talked about already.
Man City vs Arsenal Betting Tips
That being said, we do expect to see goals in this game – at least one from each side. Both teams to score is our best idea of the day, while an over 2,5 goal bet is another smart idea.
We expect Alexis Sanchez to score, and if we’d have to pick a winner, we’d actually go for Guardiola’s side. He is a genius in preparing derbies and will motivate his team impeccably.
Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90 or 10/11
Alexis Sanchez Anytime @ 2.25 or 5/4