Manchester City have the chance to put the pressure on table-toppers Liverpool when they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a shock defeat at Newcastle United in midweek but they are still within five points off the leaders, who failed to capitalise efficiently with just a stalemate. Arsenal bagged a second-straight league triumph and this has propelled them into the top four on goals scored after Chelsea’s embarrassing loss on the road to Bournemouth. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
City witnessed another blow to their title challenge after they suffered a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United on the road. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring within 24 seconds but they were pegged back thereafter with Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie’s second half strikes clinching it for the hosts.
Arsenal, meanwhile, shed their FA Cup disappointment with a 2-1 triumph over Cardiff City in their stadium. The Gunners were seemingly lucky to attain the result, given Cardiff were afforded with 19 attempts on goal but could not capitalise.
The last meeting between the sides was at the Emirates Stadium in the season opener which City won by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline. The past encounter at the Etihad witnessed a 3-1 triumph for the reigning champions. Our betting tips and predictions expect a City win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester City win at 1.30[/bet_tip_now]
Arsenal are priced at 8.00 for an away win which exhibits the tough task on their hands to get anything from the game. The Gunners’ away form has once more become a concern with five successive winless matches and that trend is unlikely to change against City, who have dropped points once at the Etihad this term. Guardiola’s side will surely come up with a strong reaction after the midweek defeat and Arsenal could be on the wrong side of a high-scoring game. Our preview is to go with a City win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester City win at 1.30[/bet_tip_now]
Manchester City vs Arsenal draw odds: 6.00
Arsenal win odds: 8.00
Correct Score odds
Despite the shock defeat in midweek, City’s strike force remains one of the most potent across Europe. At the Etihad, they have netted an average of more than two goals in the past five matches and this scoring prowess should be enough to breakthrough an Arsenal side, which has failed to keep a shutout on their travels. The visitors, however, could score an away goal as they have done in every outing barring one. Our correct score prediction is to go with a City 3-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester City 3-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
City have netted 40 goals in the 12 games at the Etihad and they will be expectant to produce another high-scoring fest against a vulnerable Gunners defence. In fact, eight of the previous nine meetings between the sides have produced at least three goals. Our total goals prediction favours more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.33[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero netted for the third successive game across all competitions for City in midweek, but they were on the losing side. He will be the main nemesis for Arsenal, as he has netted seven times in 15 appearances against them. He could once more capitalise with his runs behind the Gunners highline at the back. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Aguero.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Sergio Aguero at 4.50[/bet_tip_now]
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