Manchester City begin this game in third place in the English Premier League. A win will take them back up to second and just two points behind Liverpool who don’t play until Monday. They host an Arsenal side that are fifth in the league and only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Manchester City probably didn’t expect to be dropping to third place in the table when they led 1-0 at Newcastle on Tuesday. They need to get back into winning ways and have a good chance of doing just that on Sunday.
City had won four Premier League games in a row before losing at Newcastle. Their home form has been hugely impressive this season with the last 13 league games producing 12 wins and the December defeat by Crystal Palace. Even though their opponents are only two places below them in the table, City are 2/7 (1.28) with William Hill to win this match.
It’s all about goals when it comes to Manchester City. In the last 30 home league games, only a couple of times have they failed to score at least twice. It’s 1/4 (1.25) at Coral that City hit the back of the net at least twice in this game.
Arsenal have won their last two league games and there are some good odds available for a third straight win. The Gunners are 9/1 (10.0) to get a win at the Etihad.
One big problem they had last season was their woeful away form. It looked as if new boss Unai Emery had cured that, but it’s not the case. They only have two points from their last five away league matches. Not since the end of November have they won an away game in the Premier League. One stat coming up will show you one of the major problems they have on their league travels.
Head to Head
Manchester City have won their last four games against Arsenal by an aggregate of 11-1. Arsenal have failed to score against City in the last three, none of which were played at the Etihad. The odds on a City clean sheet are 5/4 (2.25) at SkyBet. The last three home league games against Arsenal have seen both teams score. It’s 8/11 (1.72) that happens in this match.
Denis Suarez could make his debut for Arsenal after signing on loan from Barcelona. He’s 7/1 (8.0) at Bet365 to score in this game. Ederson is a doubt for Manchester City and that could mean a place for third-choice goalie Aro Muric.
Finally an Away Clean Sheet?
Now it’s time for that Arsenal stat that was promised. The Gunners may be winning more away league games this season but they are yet to keep an away clean sheet. It’s 12/1 (13.0) at Bet365 that they manage it at the Etihad.
Over 2.5 goals
The last eight Manchester City home league games has seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. If you think that’s going to become nine, then it’s 3/10 (1.3) at Blacktype.
Aguero Back in Form
He’s had a few injury problems this season but Sergio Aguero is fit again and the goals have started flowing. He’s hit the back of the net in the last three Manchester City games. The odds of him scoring in this game are 5/6 (1.83) at BetVictor and he’s 7/2 (4.5) at BoyleSports to be the first goal scorer.
Manchester City fans probably still can’t believe they lost to Newcastle United on Tuesday. They need to bounce back right away and despite Arsenal’s high league position, that’s what is going to happen.
City are incredibly hard to beat at home and the Arsenal away woes have resurfaced. The Gunners also struggle in defense and that’s the last thing you need when playing Manchester City. A bet on Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/13 (1.61) at Betway.