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Manchester City vs. Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

15 October 2020

Saturday 17 October

Etihad Stadium - Premier League

Kevin De Bruyne takes on Ainsley Maitland-Niles last season Source:Matthew Childs/NMC/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Premier League is back with a bang after the international break, with Manchester City versus Arsenal one of the weekend’s highlights. It’s another tough away game for the Gunners, although Pep Guardiola’s side were embarrassed on their last outing at the Etihad.

Past Meetings

Arsenal beat City 2-0 at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in July, their first victory over the Blues in eight attempts. The Gunners haven’t beaten the Citizens in the Premier League since December 2015, with City winning seven of the nine meetings, scoring 19 goals and conceding only three times in those seven victories.

Team News

Sergio Aguero remains sidelined for City, with the Argentine continuing his recovery from knee surgery. Gabriel Jesus is also a doubt along with Raheem Sterling, who pulled out of the England squad for the international break. Guardiola’s attacking options could be seriously hampered, particularly as Kevin De Bruyne is also a concern after hobbling off while playing for Belgium against England on Sunday.

The City manager’s former protege, Mikel Arteta, also has a number of injury worries to contend with. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a slight doubt with a sprained ankle, while Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney could all miss out. Emile Smith Rowe should be okay following a shoulder injury though.

Manchester City vs. Arsenal Preview and Predictions

This match could tell us a lot about both of these teams. Arsenal are looking to mix it with the big boys after many years without a title challenge, although they lost 3-1 to Liverpool in their last away game. Manchester City, meanwhile, must put their 5-2 defeat to Leicester City in their most recent home game behind them here. It’s an intriguing clash, and hopefully it’ll be an exciting one too.

This match certainly has the potential for goals, with both teams possessing plenty of firepower while also a little suspect at the back. Arteta has tightened up his defence though, with new centre-back Gabriel looking good so far. Guardiola, meanwhile, will hope his own new central defensive acquisition, Ruben Dias, adapts quickly to the demands of the Premier League.

The performances of those two players could be very influential to the outcome of this game, although you feel every Arsenal player will have to perform at their maximum if the visitors are to have any chance of upsetting the odds. The Gunners are the 6.75 underdogs in the betting, with their winless run against City in the Premier League expected to continue this weekend.

The Blues remain a daunting proposition for any side, even if Leicester made them look amateurish at the back at times the other week. Guardiola has a tough task on his hands if he’s to eradicate those problems for this clash, but even with defensive lapses aplenty, City still have the forward players to cause Arsenal problems, injuries permitting. The Citizens are the 1.42 favourites for the win, while the draw here is priced at 5.25.

Recommended Bets

Man City to win and BTTS at 2.30

City are the clear favourites to claim the points, but after shipping five goals in their last home game against a team with pace on the break, Arsenal are likely to to find themselves with opportunities to get on the scoresheet.

Man City to win 3-1 at 10.50

City have scored exactly three goals in five of their last six Premier League games against Arsenal, netting two in the other. The Gunners have only scored twice in that sequence, but they netted two against City in the cup a few months ago and we fancy them to find the target here.