Arsenal vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs Man City prediction: Arsenal 2-5 Man City

Two sides, who are both a long way off where they want to be, meet in North London.

Arsenal are languishing in mid-table; has top four gone for them?

Manchester City meanwhile were beaten again last weekend; are they out of the running for the title?

There most certainly will be goals in this one.

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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Arsenal are massive underdogs to win this one at 5/1.

Manchester City meanwhile are 4/9 to leave victorious.

A draw would be a surprise and that is 4/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 1/3.

Over 3.5 goals is 4/5.

Both teams to score is 2/5.

Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Manchester City to win and over 3.5 goals is 5/4.

Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 6/5.

Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score is 4/6.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on December 3, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as always, will be Arsenal’s biggest threat. The Gabonese is 5/1 to open the scoring and 6/4 to add to his tally.

Gabriel Martinelli is also a man in form for Arsenal. He is 8/1 to score first and 23/10 to score anytime.

Gabriel Jesus meanwhile will lead the line for the away side. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 10/11 to score yet again.

Raheem Sterling has also scored a lot of goals. He is 4/1 to score first and 21/10 to score anytime.

Both Sterling and Jesus to score is 7/2.

Both Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne to score is 25/1.

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang to score is 13/2.

Both Joe Willock and Mesut Özil to score is 85/1.

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Match preview

Arsenal’s French midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi celebrates after Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched onto Guendouzi’s pass to score their second goal to equalise 2-2 during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 1, 2019. (Photo by Ben Stansall)

Hold the back page, Arsenal have won a Premier League match!

On Monday night, Arsenal travelled to the London Stadium but found themselves 1-0 down at half time.

That was not promising given that Arsenal had not won an away game in which they were losing at half time for eight years.

Nevertheless, three goals in nine minutes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pépé and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw them leave 3-1 winners.

That saw them jump up to ninth, seven points outside the top four but also seven points above relegation zone.

They have a very tough festive period starting with a very difficult game here.

The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 matches in all competitions, equalling the worst ever run in the club’s history.

Also, they’ve conceded the first goal in their last five Premier League encounters; they’ve never conceded first in six consecutive league games.

That could happen here but can Arsenal upset the odds in this one?

Are Manchester City out of the title race already?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on September 28, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they’re not in top form either.

Last weekend, Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten 2-1 at home in the Manchester derby by neighbours Man United.

That saw Liverpool go further in front of them in the title race; the gap is now 17 points. City have this game in hand after Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Watford on Saturday.

Even if they win all of their remaining games, they will finish on 98 points which may not be enough for them to win a third straight crown.

So, other competitions, namely the Champions League, have become their priority.

On Wednesday, they travelled to Croatia knowing that they’d already wrapped up top spot in Group C.

They did go 1-0 down but a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus saw them beat Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 at Stadion Maksimir.

That win means, Manchester City have now scored 500 goals in 199 games in all competitions under Pep Guardiola.

That is a staggering 95 more than any other English team since the Spaniard was appointed in 2016.

However, this season, they have conceded the opening goal of a game on eight occasions already, just one fewer than they did in the whole of the last campaign in 61 games.

But, they have good recent memories of facing Arsenal.

The Citizens  have won their last two Premier League trips to the Emirates, more than they had in their previous 32 top-flight visits to Arsenal.

They can become the first team to win three consecutive top-flight matches at Arsenal since West Ham did so between 1991 and 1995.

Even with their patchy form, they’ll be confident of doing just that.

Arsenal team news vs Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Freddie Ljungberg has some big decisions to make as some of his key players are missing for this daunting game.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was rested for the Europa League match in mid-week.

He has already made the most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper this season (69) and that tally is likely to rise.

In defence, they are without Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney as well as Rob Holding.

So, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac will continue at full-back.

It’ll be the same two centre-backs as Monday night too; Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers.

In midfield Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka will come back in for Joe Willcok and Mattéo Guendouzi.

Further forward, it’ll be interesting to see if Mesut Özil keeps his place; it seems likely that he will.

Out-wide, Bukayo Saka was the star in mid-week in Liège.

He has assisted six goals for Arsenal in all competitions this season, two more than any other Gunners player.

However, Saka is likely to be back on the bench for this game with Nicolas Pépé and Gabriel Martinelli starting on the wing.

The former now has four Arsenal goals after his brilliant strike at the London Stadium.

Likewise, Martinelli scored on his first Premier League start for Arsenal against West Ham.

Only three players have scored on their first two Premier League starts in the competition for the Gunners.

Those two will keep their places, supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Alexandre Lacazette, who is the highest scoring player to only score at home so far this season, will be on the bench once again.

Can Arsenal upset the champions?

Manchester City team news vs Arsenal

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City in action during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on September 28, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they too heavily rotated in mid-week so most of their players should be fresh and firing.

Ederson will return in goal.

Defence remains the big issue for Guardiola.

At centre-back, John Stones has joined Aymeric Laporte on the injury list.

So, once again, Fernandinho and Nicolás Otamendi will start.

At full-back, in all likelihood, Kyle Walker and Angeliño will come back in for João Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy. Oleksandr Zinchenko made a return to fitness in midweek and could play some part today.

With Fernandinho at the back, Rodri will anchor the midfield; lkay Gündoğan will be on the bench.

Further forward, David Silva is unlikely to be fit. Strong rumours on Sunday suggest Silva has not travelled to London.

With no David Silva, we expect Riyad Mahrez, or perhaps Phil Foden, to make up an attacking quartet which will also feature Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

Foden has now scored three Champions League goals; the joint-most by an English teenager in the competition.

Up front, Sergio Agüero will not be fit.

So, Gabriel Jesus will continue to deputise.

He has now scored 100 career goals in all competitions, with 55 of those coming for the Citizens.

However, each of his last 12 club goals in all competitions have come away from the Etihad.

He is the highest-scoring Premier League player to have only scored away from home this season.

Will he fire his side to a win in the capital?

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Arsenal

(Replace David Silva with Riyad Mahrez, meaning a move inside for Bernardo Silva, if the Spaniard is unfit.)

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Arsenal.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Manchester City to score a goal against Arsenal: 20/1!!!