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Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction & Betting tips
The long wait is finally over in England. In the motherland of football, play in the Premier League will resume on Wednesday evening. Right at the start of the re-start, football fans around the world can look forward to a real highlight. Manchester City receives Arsenal. Even if the odds of the best bookmakers swing extremely clearly towards the home side, we expect a duel at eye level.
This is partly due to the fact that Gunners coach Mikel Arteta knows his longtime boss Pep Guardiola and his ideas inside out and can optimally prepare his team for the task. In addition, there is far more at stake for the capital city club than for the Citizens, for whom the topic of championship has long been eaten, with 25 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Mesut Özil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co., on the other hand, urgently need points in order to be able to hand over their business card internationally in the coming season. Since the guests from London have only lost two of their 15 competitive matches under the new Spanish coach and have definitely developed in the short period of time, we dare to predict that the value in the odds of the home win not before the Manchester City duel against Arsenal can be found.
From the perspective of the table ninth it will also be interesting to see how the absence of the spectators on Wednesday evening at the Etihad Stadium will lead to an improved performance abroad. If the Gunners can put their weakness away at the start, a surprise coup by the underdog doesn’t seem to be entirely out of the question.
In order to take the undoubted risk of this assessment into account, we try Manchester City vs. Arsenal’s tip that the Arteta eleven lose a maximum of one goal difference. You can find more information on the “handicap bet” in our guide series “Bet types in comparison”.
While many clubs have been waiting eagerly for a restart in the English Premier League, the anticipation at Manchester City is limited. All professionals are certainly happy to return to the green grass, but in terms of the table, the light blue and white are almost exclusively friendly games on the agenda until the end of July.
The train to the championship has long since left 25 points behind Liverpool FC. As second in the table, the Citizens also have a four-point lead over Leicester City and the catch-up game from Wednesday evening in the rear. Whether the very last determination on the part of the Guardiola eleven will still be present, can be critically examined in view of the fact that last year’s English champions were banned from the European Cup.
Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gündogan, Sergio Aguero and Co. had actually set themselves the goal of becoming Champions League winners in 2020 before the break in March. Since the planned final tournament in the premier class will only take place in August, i.e. after the end of the Premier League season, the upcoming matches should serve as preparation for the decision in the most important European club competition.
Statistically, there is admittedly little doubt about daring to predict the host between Manchester City and Arsenal. The Citizens have won nine of their 13 home games so far this season (two draws, two bankruptcies) and also represent the best offensive in the Premier League (68 goals). In addition, the protégés of coach Pep Guardiola all won the last six direct duels with Arsenal.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen to what extent the facts and figures from the past will have an impact on what happens on Wednesday evening. Due to this uncertainty regarding various factors and the fact that the (still) reigning champions in the Premier League have won only three of the past eight matches with more than one goal difference, a tip on a bankruptcy of the Gunners seems between Manchester City and Arsenal interesting with a maximum of one hit difference.
In terms of personnel, the second-tier benefited from the interruption. The injured players were able to cure their injuries and at least get into team training. Leroy Sane is also about to make a comeback on Wednesday. For the German international, whose future is likely to lie with FC Bayern, it would be the first competitive game in the current 2019/2020 season after his cruciate ligament rupture. In the attack, hopes rest on Gabriel Jesus, who has already scored eleven goals against Arsenal in 15 encounters.
The time of the compulsory break was certainly a particularly bitter one for the fans of Arsenal FC. Whenever the eyes were on the Premier League classification, the supporters saw their favorite club in ninth place. Should this place continue to be booked after 38 match days, the European Cup season 2020/21 would take place without the English top team.
Until then, the team of coach Mikel Arteta still has numerous chances to make a leap forward in the table. Fortunately, the Gunners are just five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United. Even city rivals Chelsea in fourth with eight points ahead are not yet out of reach. A surprise success at the Citizens’ restart could give the capital club new impulses.
Incidentally, Arsenal FC’s success at Etihad Stadium does not appear to be as unlikely as it was last year, which is primarily due to the long-term Guardiola assistant Arteta. The former Spanish international has undoubtedly managed to stabilize the Londoners. Only two losses in the first 15 competitive games under his leadership (eight wins, five draws) and almost two points on average correspond to a satisfactory value.
Immediately before the compulsory break, the Gunners celebrated three wins in a row in the top English division and expanded their unbeaten streak to eight matches. The defensive in particular, which claimed five “clean sheets” during this period, was far more solid than under Arteta predecessor Emery. Because the Guardiola buddy also knows the system of his former teacher very well, we do not believe that the home side will win.
Only the still expandable foreign yield could be used as an argument against Arsenal FC. Only two wins in 13 guest appearances in the current Premier League season are in fact a farce given the high ambitions of the red and whites, although it should also be stated that only three matches in the distance were lost. Eight games ended in a draw, including the most recent five away games. There have never been six draws in a row in the Gunners’ long history.
In terms of staff, Mikel Arteta can also look relaxed towards the restart. With the exception of Calum Chambers, all players are operational. On loan, Cedric Soares, borrowed from Southampton in winter, would finally be ready for his debut. In the attack, the Arteta eleven meanwhile trusts the two lightning-fast heads Aubameyang and Lacazette, the latest rumors of an impending departure circulating.
Manchester City vs Arsenal head to head matches
15.12.19 PL Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 3
03.02.19 PL Manchester City Arsenal 3 : 1
12.08.18 PL Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 2
01.03.18 PL Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 3
25.02.18 EFL Arsenal Manchester City 0 : 3