Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 14th December 2019

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Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. After falling to a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s Man City will be hoping to bounce back at the first time of asking this weekend. While City lost at Newcastle, the Gunners laboured to a narrow home victory over Cardiff City, so both sides will be seeking an improvement here.

Despite the midweek setback, Man City have an outstanding home record in the Premier League this season and have been very strong against the other sides in the top six. Meanwhile, Arsenal have won just four of their 11 PL matches on the road and despite their win last time out are in a sticky patch of form. The Citizens are the clear favourites in this one and we can’t see past a straightforward home win.

Top Tips

Manchester City to Win -2 Goal Handicap @ 8/5

Manchester City Half Time/Full Time @ 8/11

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Manchester City News: A Huge Setback for City

Exterior of Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
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Man City turned up at St James’ Park on Tuesday expecting to win and pile the pressure on league leaders Liverpool. However, after a 2-1 defeat, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had the chance to go seven points clear at the top if they beat Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday. Sergio Aguero gave City the lead after just one minute at Newcastle and against a side with a woeful home record most viewers would have had their house on a big away win. However, doing his old club a huge favour, Rafa Benitez’s men turned the game on its head in the second period thanks to goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie.

Can Pep’s Troops Bounce Back?

If any team are capable of hitting back, it’s Guardiola’s Man City. Prior to Tuesday’s loss, City had won eight league and cup matches in a row after falling to back-to-back losses over the festive period. In those eight fixtures, the champions scored a staggering 33 goals and conceded just two. The loss at Newcastle was surely an aberration in a game where they had 76% of the ball and managed twice as many in-area shots as their opponents.

Away Day Blues for City

The Citizens have been very strong on their own patch, but they have had one or two struggles on their travels this term. On their way to the Premier League title last season, the Manchester club were beaten just once on the road. This term, however, City have already lost three away games, falling to defeats at Chelsea, Leicester City and Newcastle.

Citizens Exceptional at Home

As we mentioned, Man City have been almost faultless at the Etihad in the Premier League this season, winning 11 of 12 home league matches. Crystal Palace – who beat City 3-2 in Manchester a few days before Christmas – are the only team to have taken anything away from the Etihad in the league this season. Since then, last term’s Premier League winners have won five in a row at home, scoring 26 and shipping two. The Etihad is a real fortress and with City something of a wounded animal here, the Gunners could get shot to pieces.

Arsenal News: Unconvincing Win for the Gunners

Arsenal Lining Up Against Manchester City
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Arsenal were made to work hard for their win over lowly Cardiff at the Emirates on Tuesday. The Bluebirds were superb in the first half, creating a number of chances and will rue the fact they just weren’t clinical enough. However, the Gunners stepped up their game in the second period, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 66th minute penalty giving them the lead. Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s advantage with seven minutes to go before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s consolation strike in injury time.

Londoners Poor on the Road

Arsenal have been strong at the Emirates this season, dropping just four points since their opening weekend defeat to Man City in August. Things have been far different away from home, though, with Unai Emery’s side winning just four times, losing four and drawing three of their 11 Premier League games on the road. The London outfit have not won away from home in the league since beating Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium way back in November.

Defensive Crisis for Arsenal

Emery has plenty of injury concerns ahead of this one, with defenders Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all unavailable with injuries. Meanwhile, striker Danny Welbeck is out for the season after breaking his ankle while midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan is a doubt with an ankle issue.

Pressure Mounting?

In the crazy world that is the Premier League, many are already suggesting that Emery should be sacked. The bookies are confident that the former PSG boss is safe but a small section of Arsenal fans are unimpressed with his work. His job seems secure for a while yet but there is no doubt that Arsenal need to improve over the final months of the campaign.

Analysis: City to Take the Points

After potentially losing ground in the title race, Man City will want to hit back right away this weekend. Arsenal have had their struggles of late, especially away from home, so the Citizens should prevail in this one. We fancy Guardiola’s boys to claim a comfortable victory over Emery’s Gunners on Sunday.

Hosts Too Strong for Their Visitors

Man City have thumped a number of clubs at the Etihad this season, winning by three goals or more at home on a staggering nine occasions across all competitions. With that in mind, put some money on the home team to win -2 (8/5) once again on Sunday.

City to Dominate

Since that defeat to Palace, City have scored goals for fun. They have often scored quickly too and Pep’s troops have been leading at half time in each of their last five at the Etihad. The hosts are priced at 8/11 to be winning at half time and full time again this weekend and that looks more than fair.

Hosts to Net in Both Halves

Man City have also scored in both halves in their last 15 league and cup matches on their own patch. You can get Guardiola’s side at the decent odds of 8/11 to notch either side of the break in this one.

Recent Matches

Man City have dominated this fixture in recent times, winning each of their last four against Arsenal. In fact, the Gunners have won only one of the last eight league and cup meetings. Arsenal’s last victory at the Etihad came back in January 2015, with two men no longer at the club, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, scoring in a 2-0 win.

12th August 2018: Arsenal 0 – 2 Manchester City

These two last met on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. The Citizens were far too strong for the Gunners on the day, cruising to a 2-0 victory. Raheem Sterling gave City an early lead, with Bernardo Silva adding a second 20 minutes into the second half.

1st March 2018: Arsenal 0 – 3 Manchester City

Back in March last season, Man City ran out easy 3-0 winners at the Emirates. Guardiola’s side dominated from start to finish against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, with Bernardo Silva giving the away side a 15th minute lead. David Silva and Leroy Sane also scored in the first half to give City a comfortable victory that put them within touching distance of another Premier League title.

25th February 2018: Arsenal 0 – 3 Manchester City

A week before last season’s league clash at the Emirates, Man City and Arsenal locked horns in the 2018 Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The Citizens were too good for the Gunners in that one, too, as Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win.

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