Man City vs Arsenal: Blues to see off Gunners again

Man City vs Arsenal: Blues to see off Gunners again

Kick-off: 1230, 28/08/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City have won eight straight Premier League meetings with Arsenal and we can’t see that sequence ending at Etihad Stadium.

The Gunners have only managed two goals during that time and have failed to score in any of the last four top-flight encounters.

All that points towards 19/20 for a home win to nil being the way to go with our first Man City vs Arsenal prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City put an opening 1-0 defeat at Tottenham behind them when romping to a 5-0 victory over Norwich at this venue.

The champions enjoyed some good fortune when Tim Krul diverted a Gabriel Jesus cross into his own net.

Jack Grealish then netted for the first time since his £100million switch from Aston Villa before Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez also struck.

The Blues suffered a blow this week when top transfer target Harry Kane revealed he is staying with Spurs but Jesus caught the eye versus Norwich.

He played a part in three of the goals and Pep Guardiola said: “He has so much importance for me.

“It’s not just when he makes an exceptional performance like today, it’s every day.

“He deserves to continue playing; when a guy plays in this way, he deserves to play again.

“He never complains. He never disrespects his team-mates. If he plays five minutes, he plays the best five minutes he can do.

“Play right he is happy, play central he is happy, play left he is happy.”

Looking at the Man City vs Arsenal odds, we like 9/2 for Jesus to open the scoring himself on this occasion.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, Silva, Jesus, Torres.

City are again without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is still troubled by the ankle injury first suffered during Euro 2020. Midfielder Phil Foden (foot) is the only other injured player but he is expected to return after the international break.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

A 6-0 drubbing of West Brom in the EFL Cup lifted some of the gloom and doom hanging over Arsenal following poor Premier League losses to Brentford and Chelsea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confirmed his recovery from Covid by hitting a hat-trick at The Hawthorns.

Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also got on the scoresheet to at least temporarily ease the pressure on Mikel Arteta.

“When you lose a game, as quick as possible you have to win,” said the Gunners boss.

“Today’s game is going to give us some confidence. We had players who played some first minutes.

“Auba after his Covid, to get some minutes and score three goals for his confidence is going to be great. Overall, I think a really positive night.”

However, Arsenal were facing a much-changed West Brom team which featured a number of inexperienced youngsters.

This will be a totally different proposition and 23/4 for the Gunners to suffer a third straight 2-0 defeat in this competition completes our Man City vs Arsenal betting tips.

Last Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale, Holding, Tavares, Chambers, Kolasinac, Saka, Odegaard, Elneny, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Pepe.

Arsenal have Saka fit and available after he recovered from a knock to his knee in the cup win.

Ben White could feature, fellow centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes is training following a knee injury and Hector Bellerin (thigh) is also back but Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah are out.

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Last result:

MAN CITY 5-0 Norwich – Tim Krul (og), Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez

West Brom 0-6 ARSENAL – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3), Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette

Head-to-head: Arsenal 0-1 Man City, Arsenal 1-4 Man City, Man City 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Man City, Man City 3-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-3 Man City

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