Man City vs Arsenal preview: Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions
Two of the biggest teams in the Premier League clash this weekend as the Gunners visit the Etihad to take on the reigning champions.
City come into this game hoping to make up some ground on Liverpool after losing to Newcastle on Tuesday
Arsenal’s defensive crisis has worsened once again after losing Sokratis during the Manchester United FA Cup tie. This leaves Unai Emery with injuries to many of his key defenders, something Pep Guardiola will be looking to exploit.
Manchester City are heavy favourites for this game and are priced up at a very short 2/7(1.28) A draw is available at 5/1(6.00) whereas you can back Arsenal at huge odds of 7/1(8.00)
Arsenal are going through an injury crisis and it hasn’t gotten any better before this game; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck will all miss this match. Laurent Koscielny is also a doubt for this match.
For the Cityzens Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany are the only absentees for this fixture.
Manchester City will be desperate to get their title challenge back on track after throwing away a lead on their way to losing at St James’ Park.
The defeat at Newcastle means the Cityzens have now dropped more points this season than they did in the entirety of the last.
Pep Guardiola has been frustrated by the result but he insists that the title race isn’t over.
“Seven points is a lot of points,” Guardiola conceded after the defeat that meant they can no longer match last season’s record tally of 100.
“Liverpool’s advantage is not huge but it’s there – we have to win a lot of games now. But if we want to keep going up as a club we have to accept the challenge. We are in January and we are behind the leaders but there are a lot of trophies and points to play for.”
Arsenal on the other had won against Cardiff on Tuesday albeit in an unconvincing performance as the Gunners once again failed to keep a clean sheet.
Arsenal have completed the loan signing of ex-Man City midfielder Denis Suarez on deadline day and the Spaniard could make his debut against his former club on Sunday.
Man City are a team who can bounce back quickly, which is exactly why they were crowned champions in such a convincing way last season.
Arsenal have struggled at the Etihad in recent years and that should really continue when you look at their injury crisis in defence.
Man City’s 3-0 win in the League Cup final last season is evidence enough to say that this Arsenal defence doesn’t stand a chance against City and Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sead Kolasinac just don’t have the pace to deal with Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling.
City could tear Arsenal apart here and the tip of the day is Man City Asian Handicap -2 at odds of 13/8.