Etihad Stadium makes way for one of the most important matches this week; Manchester City host Arsenal in a crucial clash. For the Citizens a win would mean keeping the pressure on Chelsea, for the Gunners joining the Champions League race, seeing as how they are one point out of their comfort zone. The bookmaker favors the hosts to win seeing as, at home, City only lost two matches, while winning seven.
The last matches between the two teams have always been a source of entertainment, great goals, and famous upsets like the 6-3 win the Citizens had back in 2013. At the moment Manchester City is in good form having won eight of their last 10 matches. They do not have any squad problems and even welcomed Sergio Aguero back. Their newest signing Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure are with their national team, which would mean Manuel Pellegrini will have to improvise at the back. At least he does not have the same squad issues as Arsenal, who have confirmed both Debuchy and Arteta will miss three months.
Arsenal may have many injuries, but they do have a great midfield, that most of the times manage to compensate the faults in the defense. Arsene Wenger stated Welbeck will be sidelined for at least two more weeks, while Ozil, Ramsey, and Walcott are back with the squad. Ever since losing against Manchester United, but welcoming Koscielny back, the visitors managed to win in nine of their last 12 matches and will look confident. Alexis Sanchez is making his bid for the best player of the year seeing as he is not only the best at scoring goals with 12 but also at assisting them with 7 so far.
Manchester City likes scoring at home, there have been over 2.5 goals in their last three Premier League outings, and on Sunday the same might happen with William Hill giving 1.53 odds for over 2.5 goals. An outright Manchester City win has 1.75 odds, Arsenal has 4.40 to win, and a draw 3.80. The headline offers for both teams are: David Silva to score and Manchester City to win with 4.00 odds and Alexis Sanchez to score and Arsenal to win with 9.00 odds. Manchester City to win both halves has 4.20 odds, Arsenal 13.00, and we’re going to bet 6 units on the wincast market of both teams to score and Man City to win with 3.10 odds from William Hill.
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score and Manchester City to win