An epic Premier League contest awaits on the opening weekend as Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal step into a new era after more than two decades as Unai Emery takes charge after the departure of Arsene Wenger. The Gunners finished in a lowly fifth-place last season. Manchester City enjoyed contrasting fortunes with Pep Guardiola lifting his first Premier League title in style. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Arsenal have been able to make significant inroads into the transfer market, as the club has spent big on players like Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, and Sokratis. The pre-season results have also been excellent for the Gunners.
Manchester City have, predictably, shown interest in strengthening in a few positions in the squad rather than a complete overhaul. City also enjoyed a strong pre-season although they did lose against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.
City have been able to win 3-0 in the last two games against Arsenal. Arsenal’s last victory over City was in April 2017. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester City win at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
Arsenal are at a price of 4.00 to win the match. The gunners are entering into a new era, but City would have been the last opponent Emery would have expected to face on the opening day. Manchester City still have the best team and manager in the league, and they have had a joyous time against Arsenal in recent meetings. Even though the Emirates Stadium will be looking forward to the new era with excitement, the ghost of Arsene Wenger could haunt the stadium if the hosts make a poor start. Our preview would back a win for City at 1.90.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester City win at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
Arsenal vs Manchester City draw odds: 4.00
Arsenal win odds: 4.00
Correct Score odds
Manchester City stayed true to the philosophy of Guardiola by becoming the best attacking team in the division – by a significant margin. City were so good going forward last season that they scored more than 100 goals – almost 30 more than Arsenal. The gunners are expected to improve on the offensive record but there may not be a sizeable change. Our correct score prediction would anticipate a 3-1 win for City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester City 3-1 win at 15.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The attacking nature of both clubs is likely to have a profound impact on the total goals in this game. City averaged close to 3 goals per game last season and it will not be surprising if Guardiola’s team remained close to those numbers in this new season. Our total goals prediction would back over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.53[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero happens to possess a strong record against Arsenal – even if it is not one of the best around – after scoring eight goals in 14 games against the gunners. This includes scoring in three out of the last four league meetings. Aguero came up with a brace against Chelsea in the Community Shield and our first goalscorer prediction would back the Argentine.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Sergio Aguero at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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