Man City v Arsenal Betting Tips
After a trip to Wembley Stadium to kick off Super Sunday the action moves immediately to Manchester for Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Man City’s win over West Brom on the weekend was their eighth in a row in the Premier League. That gives Pep Guardiola’s team a five-point cushion over local rivals United at the top of the table after just 10 matches.
With United playing immediately afterwards, Man City have a great opportunity to send out a message that they remain the team to beat by picking up another three points against the Gunners.
Huge Test of Arsenal’s Credentials Ahead
In the eyes of many Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger was very lucky to be offered a new contract at the end of last season as the Gunners missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in his tenure.
The latest news out of the club is that Wenger’s position will be discussed once more at the end of the current season and as such the pressure on him to claim a spot in the top four is huge.
If Arsenal are to get back among the elite of the European game, they must improve on their record against the clubs around them. They beat just one of the top four sides in the Premier League last season and lost each of their away games against England’s best teams.
The Gunners’ sole game against a top-four side this season saw them draw 0-0 away to Chelsea but even a similarly impressive, dogged performance won’t be enough against this Man City side.
A lot has been said about City being the ‘complete team’ and while that is premature, you cannot help but be impressed by the style of Guardiola’s team.
While Man City are gaining new fans all the time, Arsenal have been anything but convincing with away defeats against Stoke, Watford and Liverpool. We think this will be another tough away day for the Gunners so back City to win at 1/2 with Betfair.
Another High Scoring Game in the Offing
Everton are the only Premier League team who have kept Man City down to just one goal at the Etihad this season.
In their other home games, the Citizens have scored five goals twice and they even put seven past Stoke. Given that Arsenal have kept just the one clean sheet on their travels, we expect more chances and goals for City.
Arsenal are also capable of grabbing a goal so we like the look of a bet on over 3.5 goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
We also think that the scoring will begin early so take the 13/5 that Betfair are quoting on the first goal being scored inside the first 10 minutes.
Can Sanchez Issue a ‘Come and Get Me’ Plea?
Alexis Sanchez famously told his Chile teammates in the summer that he was leaving Arsenal and that a move to Man City had already been finalised. In the end, he was left incredibly frustrated as Arsenal pulled the plug on the deal but he could well end up at the Etihad next season when he is available on a free transfer.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sanchez hasn’t been at his best since returning to Arsenal but he’s got every reason to want to impress in front of Guardiola.
At the best price of 12/5 with Unibet, Sanchez looks a good bet to score anytime.
From a Man City perspective, their main attacking threats are the striking duo of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. However, the betting value lies with Raheem Sterling to score at 13/8 with 888Sport.
The 22-year-old averages a goal every 72 minutes in the league this season and will surely get chances against Arsenal.
Top Betting Offers
Man City to win at 1/2 with Betfair
Over 3.5 goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power
First goal to be scored inside 10 minutes at 13/5 with Betfair
Alexis Sanchez to score at 12/5 with Unibet
Raheem Sterling to score at 13/8 with 888Sport