Arsenal v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 26, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal and Manchester City go at it again on Thursday night, just a few days after the Blues’ comfortable win in the League Cup final. The venue is across town from Wembley at the Emirates this time, and the home supporters will be after a much stronger performance from the Gunners in this Premier League encounter.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all on target in the 3-0 win on Sunday. The Blues bagged three times in the last Premier League meeting between the sides too, with Kevin De Bruyne, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus the scorers. Arsenal twice came from behind at the Emirates in this fixture last season to secure a 2-2 draw.
Few players’ places will be safe after Arsenal’s dismal showing at Wembley, although Arsene Wenger could have one forced change after Nacho Monreal went off with an injury on Sunday. Alexandre Lacazette also misses out with a knee problem alongside long term absentee Santi Cazorla.
Fabian Delph is suspended for the visitors after his red card in City’s recent FA Cup loss at Wigan, while Fernandinho seemed to hurt his hamstring in the League Cup final and will sit this one out. Raheem Sterling could return from a thigh problem, while Benjamin Mendy is expected to be out until mid April.
Arsenal v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City start this game a massive 27 points ahead of sixth placed Arsenal, who are now 10 points off the Champions League places. This is the Gunners’ game in hand and it’s surely a must-win, but if the cup final is anything to go by, there’s not much hope for Wenger’s side.
Arsenal have been heavily criticised for their showing at Wembley, and the perceived lack of effort and desire is a recurring issue for the Emirates outfit. There weren’t too many Gunners fans left in the national stadium in the closing stages on Sunday, and the team need to give something back to the supporters as they look to close the gap to fourth placed Tottenham.
If you fancy Arsenal to gain swift vengeance for their embarrassing defeat, you can back them at 7/2 on Thursday. There’s no surprise that City go into the game as favourites, although odds of 4/5 could be considered somewhat generous considering the ease with which they won the final. Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to reestablish their 15 point lead at the top of the table, but if you think they’ll only stretch their lead over Manchester United to 14 points, the odds on a draw are 13/4.
City to win and both teams to score at 2/1
Arsenal will surely show more fight than they did on Sunday, but the Blues are still favourites and this could be a good way to enhance your odds on the away win.
Arsenal to win 2-1 at 16/1
But if you think the Gunners can fire themselves back into top four contention, this scoreline looks tempting at these odds. Add Aubameyang as the first scorer and you can get 50/1.