Manchester City v Arsenal Preview

December 12, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountPremiership action Saturday Lunch-Time comes from The Etihad Stadium and featuring Manchester City versus Arsenal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Manchester City v Arsenal Preview, Premiership, Saturday 14th December 2013

Manchester City will be on cloud nine after their midweek 3-2 victory away against Bayern Munich and will obviously be well up for this game on saturday lunch-time against current league leaders Arsenal. A victory would see Pellegrini’s side close the gap on Arsenal to just 3pts and with the way they played against Bayern Munich on tuesday night, the players will certainly be very confident of getting the right result here.

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 away to Napoli in their final Champions League group game midweek and with Arsene Wenger playing a strong looking side the players confidence will no doubt have taken a huge hit and it will be very interesting to see how they respond on saturday afternoon as the Premiership league table could look a lot different come Christmas day, especially with Chelsea being their next opponents on the horizon.

Manchester City Team News:

Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic are the only two players unavailable for the hosts as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Manager Manuel Pellegirni has a tough decision to make for this game as having rested the likes of Aguero and Vincent Kompany midweek and still won. However both should return to the starting lineup for this game along with Nasri in what looks likely to be a 4-4-2 formation with Augero and Negredo leading the attack up front.

Striker Sergio Agueor is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 12.

Arsenal Team News:

Bacary Sagna, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo Miyaichi, Vassiriki Diaby and Lukas Podolski are all still out receiving treatment for respective injury problems and remain unavailable for this one. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that Arsene Wenger will use for this game which will see Olivier Giroud leading the attack up front with support in midfield being provided by Aaron Ramsey, Ozil, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 8.

Manchester City v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday lunch-time’s game from the Etihad Stadium will become the 162nd meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Manchester City have won 40 times, Arsenal have won 83 times with the remaining 38 games having finished all square.

The previous 5 games played between the two clubs show neither club having any real advantage with Arsenal having won 2, Manchester city having won 2 and the remaining games having finished all square.

10/08/13 CLF Manchester City – Arsenal
1 : 3
13/01/13 PRL Arsenal – Manchester City
0 : 2
23/09/12 PRL Manchester City – Arsenal 1 : 1
27/07/12 CLF Arsenal – Manchester City 0 : 2
08/04/12 PRL Arsenal – Manchester City 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

444 goals have been scored in the previous 161 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.75 which suggests that this game should see at least a couple of goals scored on Saturday lunch time.

Manchester City v Arsenal Recent Form (Left to Right)

Manchester City: W W W D W

Arsenal: W W W D L

Manchester City just edge the recent form statistics having won 4 of their last 5 matches played and remaining unbeaten. Arsenal have managed 3 victories from their last 5 played but have also suffered 1 defeat.

Manchester City v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Manchester City are the clear favourites to win this game on saturday afternoon, with the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 17/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to follow up their excellent 3-2 victory away against Bayern Munich midweek in the Champions League.

The Draw has been a regular outcome when these two clubs have met each other in the past and with Arsenal proving extremely difficult to beat the current odds of 14/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) do look decent value to be on here.

Arsenal are not fancied to win this game on saturday afternoon with the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 18/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) which does look huge value despite their midweek defeat against Napoli in the Champions League.

Manchester City v Arsenal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

One very exciting game in prospect between two power-houses of the English Premiership and with both clubs having had a productive season so far, this game really could go either way on saturday afternoon.

This fixture last season ended 1-1 and another Draw is obviously a strong contender as both defences will be difficult to breach, but I expect most people to be on Manchester City to win this game after their heroics midweek in the Champions League in which they become one of very few clubs to beat the mighty Bayern Munich in their own back yard and with Arsenal having lost their Champions League match 2-0 against Napoli who have struggled with their form in the Italian Serie A, the hosts do seem the more likely to be the ones celebrating on saturday afternoon.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals and with all four of the last meetings between the two clubs having seen at least two goals scored the goals market does represent value and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Anytime Goalscorer’s will probably see plenty of interest.

Martin Atkinson will referee this game and with him having brandished 39 Red Cards and 668 Yellow Cards over 216 games he has previous officiated the bookings market looks a very attractive proposition as this game will certainly see it’s fair share of dirty tackles and play acting by both sets of players as this result could go a very long way towards which of these two sides will be crowned Premiership Champions come next May.

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