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Arsenal vs. Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
12 December 2019
Sunday 14 December
Emirates Stadium – Premier League
Arsenal have the first win under Freddie Ljungberg under their belts and face a visit from a frustrated Manchester City on Sunday. City need to get their title challenge back on track before it’s too late.
Manchester City dispatched of Arsenal both home and away last season, with their most recent meetings ending 3-1. Sergio Aguero notched a hattrick on the day, with Laurent Kolcielny scoring one to keep the game alive.
Ljungberg is without his two first choice full-backs as Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin were injured on Monday evening. Mesut Ozil’s position may also be at risk, with the midfielder far from the most defensive pick, and Matteo Guendouzi waiting in the wings.
Serigo Aguero looks set to miss out, adding to a significant list of injuries including Leroy Sane and Alexandre Laporte. Fernandinho is set to come back into the side having missed out mid-week whilst Benjamin Mendy may be recalled.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, with both sides underachieving this season. The hosts completed a surprise comeback against West Ham in their last game, but remain in 9th place in the table, whilst the visitors are now 16 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola will be able to rest key-players in City’s mid-week tie against Dinamo Zagreb, in what may be an ominous sign for Arsenal. The Gunners face a tough test at Standard Liege on Thursday and will need to field their strongest XI, with a defeat potentially knocking them out of the Europa League.
Both sides have struggled with injuries this term, with defense a particular area of concern. This should work out well for the neutral, with this fixture typically producing a high number of goals, with bookmakers offering 0.37 for more than 2.5 goals to be scored. However, with City struggling to create at the moment, and Arsenal willing to defend deeper at home, the back-line’s may be stronger than expected.
The pressure is also very much on for Guardiola’s side, who face the prospect of a busy January transfer window to re-inforce a thin defence. The manager has never been convinced by Mendy, whilst Laporte’s long-term injury has exposed the team’s lack of world-class defenders. City players will all be on their toes in December, knowing that rotations are coming.
For Arsenal, the opportunity to impress interim manager Ljungberg may revitalise the team somewhat, whilst the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has continued scoring throughout the teams dip in form. Sunday’s game can be played without fear for the home-side, knowing that a defeat would be far from the end of the world.
Whether this reduced pressure pays off for Arsenal remains to be seen, but regardless, Sunday should offer an intruiging fixture.
Aubameyang to score anytime at 2.60
The Gabon international has been on fire this season, and will cause a threat to City’s centre-backs.
Both teams to score at 1.51
Arsenal have scored just once in three games with City, but have no better chance than now to take advantage of the champions’ lack of confidence.