Arsenal v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 08, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal's begin their first season in 20 years with a new manager on Sunday, as Unai Emery continues his campaign to beat a Pep Guardiola side. The Spanish manager has never beaten his compatriot, and will look to turn around the Gunner's against the Champions.
Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 twice within the space of a week, in the League Cup and the Premier League last season. On the latter of the two occasions, Bernardo Silva opened the scoring after just fifteen minutes, before his namesake, David added a second, with Leroy Sane ending the competition after just 33 minutes.
Laurent Koscielny is a long term absence for Emery, with the centre-back unlikely to return for another few months. Send Kolasinac is also likely to miss the game, having picked up a knee problem in a friendly against Chelsea. As a result, Callum Chambers may get the nod alongside summer signing Sokratis, whilst fellow new-boys Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno are also in contention to start.
For Guardiola, little will change from the XI that won him the league last season, although he may favour Riyad Mahrez over Raheem Sterling for the opening fixture. Likewise, Kevin De Bruyne may be rested having returned later than his fellow players from World Cup duty.
Arsenal v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
As Arsenal and City prepare to face off on Sunday, it is worth noting that the two sides have had almost completely opposite summers. For the Gunners it was a case of new manager, new signings and a new approach, whilst for the Blues, Guardiola will be very much hoping for a repeat of last year.
Given the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man's utter domination last season, there is a unanimous decision from pundits that Man City are favourites to retain the Premier League title this season. However, whilst City may have changed little this summer, their opponents certainly haven't, and Sunday's game with provide the perfect insight into how the champions will cope with the changes.
In Unai Emery, Arsenal have very much ripped up their rulebook, opting for a pragmatic, meticulous and hard training coach. This may well be the antidote the north London side needed, given that many believed that the team were underperforming given the quality available. Emery may also be the man needed to get the most out of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang, with the manager having won the Europa League twice thanks to the services of Carlos Bacca. None of this trio have the creative ability for an Arsene Wenger striker, but should fit well into Emery's system.
This should, if anything, shorten the gap between Arsenal and their opponents on Sunday. This having been said, last season said gap was 37 points, suggesting that the Gunners have a long way to go before catching up with Man City. It has been three years since City last lost at the Emirates, and they will have no intention of doing so come Sunday.
Sergio Aguero to score first at 4/1
The Argentinian was lethal against Chelsea and will have to continue at that level to keep Gabriel Jesus out of the team.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 8/15
There have been 3 goals or more in every clash between the two sides since 2015.