Preview and odds for Premier League clash
The second part of the Premier League’s Super Sunday double should be a cracker as Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s men are out to bounce back in the title race, after losing to Newcastle United on Tuesday night. Arsenal scraped past Cardiff City on the same evening, and are locked in a fierce fight for fourth place.
But which way will today’s game go? We’ve got all the key info and odds for this one, which comes live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4.30pm…
These two have enjoyed plenty of entertaining encounters since the turn of the century, but City head into this one having won each of the last four in all competitions.
They’ve scored three times in three of those games, while Arsenal have won only once at the Etihad since 2010.
As for the formbook, Pep’s hosts saw an eight-game winning run come to an end on Tuesday, but they’ve still won 14 of their last 15 at home. They’ve been particularly mighty at the Etihad in recent weeks, winning their last four games by an aggregate 24-0.
Arsenal have won three of their last five, but continue to struggle on their travels, failing to win five of their last six.
Despite losing to Newcastle, Guardiola is unlikely to make many changes. The Spaniard fielded arguably his strongest XI at St James’ Park.
But should he choose to rest some legs, Riyad Mahrez could come in for Leroy Sane, while Bernardo Silva is pushing for a starting berth too.
As for Arsenal, it’s a big ask for Emery to pitch deadline day arrival Denis Suarez straight into action. But both Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira looked uncomfortable on the ball when in offensive areas in Tuesday’s win over Cardiff.
Counter-attacking could be the Gunners’ best option, which could mean Alex Iwobi and/or Aaron Ramsey return to the fold.
Guardiola will be demanding a response from his side this afternoon. We could see a typically clinical City performance.
Can Arsenal handle that? They’ve failed to do so in recent seasons. Their defensive frailties will be tested to the max with City set to dominate possession once again.
The Gunners’ best asset is their strikeforce, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette working well together in recent weeks. The duo have the ability to trouble any defence.
But Arsenal will need to supply them. That puts the onus on Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, should the German start for the second game in a row.
City are a confident 3/10 to win this one, with Arsenal deemed very much the outsiders at 17/2. There’s 19/4 about a draw.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in City’s 2-0 at the Emirates back in August. The forward is 4/1 to score first again, with Sergio Aguero heading the betting at 10/3.
Both Aubameyang and Lacazette scored in Tuesday’s win over Cardiff. There’s 17/2 about the former breaking the deadlock, with 10/1 on Lacazette to make it 1-0 to the Arsenal.
Interestingly, City have taken the lead in each of the last six meetings, and the last four have come between the 14th and 19th minutes. With that in mind, 21/5 says City’s first goal comes between the 11th and 20th minutes.
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