Sunday 15 December: 4.30pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Arsenal and Manchester City both need to get three points from this game. The Gunners are down in ninth place and City are most likely going to be 17 points behind the league leaders by the time it’s kick-off.
Arsenal are seven points behind the top four and a return to the Champions League next season isn’t looking good. They are currently 12/1 (13.0) at Betfair to finish in the top four. Monday saw them win at West Ham, a game that was almost a contest to see who’s worst at defending.
Now Arsenal have to take on Manchester City and their defensive problems will be exposed even further. You can get 11/2 (6.5) at Ladbrokes on the Gunners winning this match but to do so they will have to end a run of five home league and cup games without a victory.
Manchester City are out to 8/1 (9.0) at William Hill to win the Premier League this season. They were odds on in August to make it three title wins in a row. That’s looking unlikely now though and last weekend saw them lose their fourth league game of the season. With Liverpool hosting Watford on Saturday, it’s likely City will have to win at the Emirates to cut the deficit to 14 points. You can get 11/2 (6.5) at BetVictor on City winning this match.
Manchester City have won their last five league and cup games against Arsenal. The Gunners have failed to score against City in their last three home games. The odds on City keeping a clean sheet in this game are 15/8 (2.87) if you place your wager with Betfred.
Both sides made changes for their European midweek games. City will continue to be without Sergio Aguero but his replacement Gabriel Jesus is in top form. He’s 19/20 (1.95) at Coral to score in this game.
A bet on both teams scoring in this game looks very likely to be a winner. Neither side are immune from having defensive problems going into this game. City are likely to create plenty of problems for the home side and a bet on them winning with over 2.5 goals in the game is 4/5 (1.8) at Boylesports.