Manchester City v Arsenal betting tips

Manchester City only had the opportunity to play three matches before the international break and it appeared to be business as usual after a 2-1 victory away to Wolves, although that was followed by a 5-2 humbling at home to Leicester City before a 1-1 draw against Leeds United which truly could have gone either way.

The Citizens are now in action against Arsenal after the international break and they can ill-afford to drop any more points at this early juncture in the season if they’re to challenge for the 2020/21 Premier League title. The Gunners could offer a potential banana skin and it will see Mikel Arteta return to his former club.

Can Arsenal Pull Off a Shock Against Manchester City?

Arsenal are big outsiders to win this game although they already have nine points on the board after victories over Fulham, West Ham and Sheffield United, perhaps not the most formidable of opponents although the fans are satisfied that the club are heading in the right direction.

The only blot on this season’s copybook was a 3-1 reverse at Anfield where the Gunners actually went into the lead before quickly relinquishing their advantage, although Mikel Arteta will hope that his team can be more competitive against a team for whom he was recently assistant manager before switching to the Emirates.

Thomas Partey was signed during the transfer window and the Ghanaian midfielder is sure to add some steel to the midfield department, while Arsenal will look to emulate the FA Cup semi-final victory over the same opponents last season.

Are Manchester City to Be Trusted in This Match?

It’s fair to say that there will be plenty of football accumulator bets including Manchester City as a selection and they would have seemed like bankers over the past few years, with Pep Guardiola’s side enjoying a 3-0 victory quickly after lockdown last season although that game saw David Luiz have a horror show.

The Brazilian appears to be on an even footing as part of a back three in front of the capable Bernd Leno, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian offer danger in attack along with Nicolas Pepe who shone against the Blades, although the visitors might expect to be without the ball for large parts of this encounter.

The home side have not turned into a defensive horror show overnight and their new-look defence could see Aymeric Laporte partnered with Ruben Dias, although Nathan Ake could also slot in somewhere along the back four including left-back.

We can’t doubt the ability of players such as Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in games such as this one, although Riyad Mahrez has also been looking sharp and in an advanced position due to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus being unavailable.

What Do the Bookies Expect to Happen?

The bookies have Manchester City as warm favourites and odds of 2/5 reflect that they expect the home side to land a win at the third time of asking after falling short against Leicester and Leeds.

Arsenal are priced as the 13/2 outsiders for the game and are therefore given no more than a puncher’s chance, while odds of 4/7 about the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market indicate that the layers are anticipating another high-scoring encounter.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

Arsenal might have lost by a two-goal margin at Anfield although they were in the game for the most part and we think you can get with the Gunners for this clash on the Asian Handicap.

Backing the visitors with a 1.5 goal start looks really appealing and we’re also happy to get odds-against about four or more goals being scored throughout the encounter.

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