Manchester City v Arsenal Preview

December 17, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEnglish Premiership action 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, 18th December 2016

Manchester City bounced back to winning ways midweek with a 2-0 victory at home against Watford having suffered two defeats on the bounce, but Pep Guardiola’s side are now 7pts behind current league leaders Chelsea and in real danger of dropping out of the title race if they suffer another defeat in this tough looking fixture against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts have scored 15  and conceded 8 goals at home so far this season from their eight matches played and the statistics do slightly favour them to win this game, but with the club still missing the services of their top striker Sergio Aguero due to suspension, will they have enough firepower up front to win this one ?

Arsenal suffered just their second defeat of the season midweek when losing 2-1 away against Everton and that defeat will certainly have their manager Arsene Wenger quite concerned about his teams chances in this one.

The visitors are currently 6pts behind league leaders Chelsea, but do have a good record on the road this season having scored 17 and conceded just 7 from their eight matches played. The big question many people are asking is, will Arsenal be strong enough to bounce back from their shock midweek defeat ?

Manchester City Team News :

The hosts will be without Ilkay Gundogan as he recovers from cruciate ligament damage picked up in the 2-0 midweek victory against Watford.

Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are also both missing as they serve suspensions along with Vincent Kompany who is still receiving treatment for a knee problem.

Arsenal Team News :

The visitors continue to be without the services of Debuchy, Metersacker, Akpom and Cazorla but both Welbeck and Mustafi have now fully recovered from their injuries and should be backed involved soon.

Manchester City v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

Sunday’s afternoon game from the Etihad Stadium will become the 170th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Manchester City have won 41 times overall with 28 of those victories having came with home advantage.

Arsenal have managed to secure 87 victories overall with 35 of those having came away from home and that is a pretty decent record, especially away from home and one that certainly provides the visitors with a big chance of winning this game.

As we can see from our head to head to head statistics table shown below, the last five recent meetings shows Arsenal with a clear advantage, having won three times, compared to Manchester City having won none and the remaining two matches having finished all square.

07/08/16 CLF Arsenal – Manchester City 2 : 1
08/05/16 PRL Manchester City – Arsenal
2 : 2
21/12/15 PRL Arsenal – Manchester City 2 : 1
18/01/15 PRL Manchester City – Arsenal
0 : 2
13/09/14 PRL Arsenal – Manchester City
2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

476 Goals have been scored in the previous 169 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.82.

241 of those Goals have came in the 84 previous matches played at the King Power Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic again of 2.87.

Based on both sets of data shown above it does seem to suggest that this game should see at least a couple of goals scored and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES and Total Goals 2 or 3 looking good selections to get one for this game.

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

Manchester City: W L D L W

Arsenal: L W W W L

Arsenal have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed three wins and two defeats in their previous five matches played in all competitions, compared to Manchester City who have won two, drawn one and lost two of their previous five matches played.

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Manchester City v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Manchester City have a good record at home this season and did manager to return back to winning ways midweek with a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium against Watford, but with the hosts missing Sergio Aguero their chances of winning this game do look much lower compared to if they did have him playing and for me their current best price of 23/20 with BetFred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account does look a bit on the short side.

The Draw is a current a best price of 13/5 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bonus Bets when Registering a New Account and with the two sides having battled out two draws in their last five meetings, this could be a very sensible cover bet to be on.

Arsenal will probably still be in a bit of shock having lost 2-1 away against Everton midweek, but with a good record against Manchester City in recent years they do look the more likely winners of this match and look the value play here at a current best price of 5/2 with Ladbrokes – Receive £50 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

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

The hosts have suffered two defeats in their last five league matches played and as such have started to lose tough with current league leaders Chelsea who lead the way at the top of the premiership league table.

Another defeat in this game could see Manchester City drop even further behind, but the team will be boosted by Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat midweek away against Everton and despite missing Sergio Aguero for this one they will obviously fancy their chances of winning this match.

Arsenal will no doubt have had their confidence knocked a bit from that midweek defeat, but having seen Manchester City lose two of their previous three league matches played, that will also have provided a boost to the whole squad.

The visitors have a good record in this fixture and have not been defeated at the Etihad Stadium since the 14th December 2013, so they will also fancy their chances of winning this one.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Arsenal to Win as I do like the fact that they have remained unbeaten against Manchester City in their last five meetings in all competitions and with the hosts missing their star striker, I can just see Arsenal sneaking the victory in this one.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip for this game will be for Arsenal Striker Alexis Sanchez to Score the 1st Goal of the Game as having scored an impressive 12 goals already this season 5 of which have been first goals of the games, he looks the stand out choice here at what are fantastic odds.

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