Manchester City v Arsenal Preview

January 17, 2015 | By

BetvictorEnglish Premiership action on Sunday Afternoon comes from the Etihad Stadium and features Manchester City versus Arsenal

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 16:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Manchester City v Arsenal Preview, Premiership, Sunday 18th January 2015

Manchester City head into this game needing to win as they dropped points when they travelled to Goodison Park last weekend and drew 1-1 with Roberto Martinez’ side. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are within two points of Chelsea who could drop points on their difficult trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City. With the addition of Wilfried Bony and the return of Aguero and Kompany, I think that City have every chance of retaining their Premier League title but they have to beat the teams around them and that includes Arsene Wenger’s side.

Arsenal put three goals past Stoke City last weekend and are now 5th in the table just a single point behind Manchester United who occupy the 4th and final Champions League spot. The Gunners are a huge 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea and the title seems well out of their sight now but with some summer signings I expect them to be able to compete for the title next season. Arsenal will be hoping they can retain the FA Cup this season to give the fans something to sing about.

Manchester City Team News:

Manchester City are welcoming back Vincent Kompany into the starting line up along with Sergio Aguero. Edin Dzeko undergoes a late fitness test. Sami Nasri will return in February as he has a strained calf muscle. New signing Wilfried Bony and key play maker Yaya Toure on both on international duty.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsene Wenger has 5 players missing from this game due to injury. Arteta, Diaby, Wilshere, Debuchy and Welbeck are the names unavailable to participate in this match. I expect Chambers to replace the injured Debuchy at right back and Giroud to fill in for the missing Danny Welbeck.

Manchester City v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

In the last five head to head encounters the better team have been Arsenal with two wins to City’s one and there was also two draws in that period of time. In total they met on 165 occasions where Manchester City have won 41 and lost 84. Meaning the remaining 40 games have ended as draws with the most recent being at the Emirates in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

13/09/14 PRL Arsenal vs Manchester City 2 : 2
10/08/14 COS Arsenal vs Manchester City 3 : 0
29/03/14 PRL Arsenal vs Manchester City 1 : 1
14/12/13 PRL Manchester City vs Arsenal 6 : 3
10/08/13 CLF Manchester City vs Arsenal 1 : 3

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In these 165 games played out between these two clubs we have seen a total of 462 goals scored, which is going to give us an average of 2.8 goals scored per game.

In the 82 games when Manchester City have had the home advantage there has been a total of 235 goals which provides us with an average of 2.87.

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Manchester City v Arsenal Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Manchester City: D W W D W

Arsenal: W W L W W

Manchester City are in great form right now and are unbeaten in their last 5 matches, they have scored in all of their last 5 matches and are applying a great deal of pressure to Chelsea at the top of the table. Arsenal’s recent form has been decent to apart from a slip up away to Southampton who are 3rd in the table and have taken points from the majority of top teams this season.

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Manchester City v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Manchester City are as expected the clear and solid favourites to win on Sunday Afternoon at the Etihad, they have a far superior squad to Arsenal and their only big player missing is Yaya Toure. With the home advantage and the quality that Aguero and Kompany will bring back into the side I expect them to get the job done. Coral offer the best price for City to win @ 5/6 – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw is a realistic outcome for this match, the two teams have drawn twice in their last 5 meetings and this could be a smart cover bet. I expect to see goals in this game so I recommend covering 1-1 and 202 correct scores. Bet365 provide the best odds for the draw @ 3/1 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers.

Arsenal have been given little to no hope of winning this game by most football experts and it is understandable as they are missing some key players, they have enough talent in their squad to cause an upset but they tend to struggle away from home against big teams and I expect that to be the case this coming Sunday Afternoon for their visit to Manchester. BetVictor offer the best value @ 18/5 for Arsenal to win – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

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

Premier League action on Sunday Afternoon comes straight from the Etihad and can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 with a 16:00pm (GMT) kick-off time. I expect Manchester City to take the game to Arsenal and attack them at every opportunity because Arsenal are vulnerable at the back and often make errors when put under pressure. I think Aguero will come back with a bang and get his name on the score sheet.

Arsenal need to take something from this game to keep the pressure on Manchester United and Southampton who are the two teams most likely to drop out of the top 4. I think the Gunners would be pleased with a point although I don’t expect them to sit back and play for the draw, Arsenal’s main goal threat is Alexis Sanchez and I suggest putting some money on him to score anytime.

Down to some predictions then and although most people will fancy Manchester City to win this game quite comfortably, I was quite impressed at the way Arsenal beat Stoke City last weekend and I think the ‘Gunners’ could possibly cause a bit of a shock result here and return back to London with at least a point, so my Banker Prediction is going to be for Arsenal to get at least a couple of goals in this one.

My Saver is going to be for Alexis Sanchez to score at anytime during the game as the Arsenal striker has been in excellent form in front of goal this season and will relish the chance to score against a big side such as Manchester City.

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