Manchester City v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview

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18th December 2016

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The game of the weekend takes place on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad.

Manchester City managed to get their first home win in three months with victory over Watford in midweek.  Pablo Zabaleta’s first goal for two years set City on their way, before David Silva wrapped up all three points later late on. There has been concern from fans and pundits that Pep Guardiola’s constant    changing with his formation is having a bad effect on his players, with some going as far as saying the players don’t understand being asked to play in different positions from week to week.  They’ll need to get a grip of it sooner rather than later if City are to mount a title challenge.

Arsenal meanwhile will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Goodison Park against Everton on Tuesday evening.  Alexis Sanchez bagged his 12th goal of the season in that game, taking him level with Diego Costa at the top of the Premier League scoring charts. The Chilean is in fine form, and may prove too much of a handful for the Manchester City backline.

 

Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Tips

This is a tough game to call, with City wanting a second successive home victory for the first time in months, and Arsenal hoping to bounce back from that disappointing result at Goodison Park. On that alone, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a draw here, but with City constantly changing their system and being without their talismanic striker Aguero, we can see Arsenal just nicking it by the odd goal in three.
  • Win - Arsenal - 5/2

    Pep Guardiola's constant tinkering with the Manchester City line-up has undoubtedly contributed to their leaky defence, and Arsenal have the players to capitalise on that. Alexis Sanchez is in the form of his life, and is likely to be key in any Arsenal victory.

    Win - Arsenal - 5/2

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  • BTTS - Yes - 10/17

    We wouldn't usually give an odds-on tip, but this one looks like a banker. We've already mentioned City's less than perfect defence, but Arsenal don't always defend that well themselves, as proven in their defeat to Everton. Both teams to find the back of the net is 10/17 with 10Bet.

    BTTS - Yes - 10/17

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Manchester City vs Arsenal Head To Head

The last time these two met resulted in a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium, with Aguero and De Bruyne on the scoresheet for the home side, with Giroud and Alexis Sanchez earning a point for the Gunners. This fixture quite often sees goals - who can forget that emphatic 6-3 City victory back in 2013?
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Manchester City vs Arsenal Team News

City will be without German international Ilkay Gundogan after he picked up an injury in the midweek win over Watford. and looks set for a long lay off. Argentine forward Sergio Aguero is still suspended for the home side.

Arsenal look like they're gradually getting back to full strength, but Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey are all still sidelined.