Match Betting (1x2)

Strange as it may sound, Pep Guardiola has recently claimed that Manchester City might not be able to compete with the leading teams in Europe despite the fact that they continue to trade as favourites to win the Champions League.The Spaniard was clearly exasperated after the recent Manchester derby which saw the Citizens turned over at home to Manchester United, with Guardiola scratching his head as to where it all went wrong.

"[Manchester] United have the quality to defend and the quality to attack on the counter-attack and you have to accept that," he added.

"That is the level we face against Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus. They are the teams we have to face and the reality is maybe we are not able now to compete with them.

"Maybe we need to live that as a club to improve, to accept the reality now and improve."

City are still massive favourites at 4/9 with Ladbrokes to win at the Emirates Stadium, with the champions of England having won five of their eight games on the road this season and looking to put an off-colour Arsenal to the sword.

As for the Gunners, they continue to be managed by Freddie Ljungberg on a caretaker basis, although it appears unlikely that the Swede will be given a permanent contract.

There was a 2-2 draw at Norwich before a 2-1 reverse against Brighton and this explains why BetVictor are prepared to offer 21/4 about the London side who don’t appear to have received a boost since Unai Emery left.

The draw would be a decent outcome for the Gunners and Paddy Power have a 4/1 quote about this game ending all square, with Manchester City’s defence showing themselves to be vulnerable in that clash against United.

Asian Handicap

We think that Arsenal might give a good account of themselves in this clash and it’s possible to get the Gunners on side without needing to back them to win the game.

For example, you can back Arsenal +1.5 at odds of 7/10 and that means that the home side start the game with a massive advantage which actually means they can afford to lose by a goal and we would still profit with this bet.

Arsenal +1 is available at 7/6 with BetVictor and that gives you the insurance of money back should City win by a single goal, although perhaps there will be punters who want to back the visitors to enjoy a sizeable margin of victory.

Manchester City -1 is a 7/10 chance should you think that the visitors can win by two goals or more, while City -1.5 is a 59/50 poke if you want extra juice in the price.

First Goalscorer

Raheem Sterling has only scored once in the past seven matches although the England forward is a 4/1 poke to break the deadlock at the Emirates which is what he did in the same fixture last season.

Kevin de Bruyne is a much bigger 10/1 and offers a danger from the attacking midfield position, with Gabriel Jesus operating in the centre forward position and he’s a 4/1 chance to score first in the absence of Sergio Aguero.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading light for Arsenal in attacking terms and the Gabon forward is a 13/2 chance to set the Gunners on their way and break the deadlock.

Over / Under Goals

Bookmakers always anticipate a few goals being scored when these teams meet and William Hill have 2/5 about Over 2.5 Goals being scored which looks to be a likely outcome. BetVictor have made Over 3.5 Goals available at even money although the game only featured two goals last season and Under 2.5 Goals has been chalked up at 11/5.


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