Manchester City v Arsenal Betting Preview and Tips

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Manchester City v Arsenal outright odds

Although it won't be three times a charm in the Premier League for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, the Blues will still be keen to finish the campaign off strongly, in preparation for next season.

Prior to football coming to a halt, City had been in strong form. They had won six of their last eight across all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in seven of these victories. When the league resumes on Wednesday, Guardiola's men will want to put on a show at the Etihad, and they are facing one of their most favourite opponents in Arsenal.

City have won their last six against the Gunners, and will enter the field as 4/11 favourites. Such a price has become to be expected from the Blues at home, and Arsenal arrive with a huge underdog price of 8/1. The bookmakers are giving Mikel Arteta's side little chance in getting anything from the game, with Arsenal at double chance standing at 2/1.

Goals, goals, goals?

Given the recent meetings between both teams, City's tag as the big favourites is expected. Five of their last six wins have come via a '3-x' scoreline, with SkyBet offering 10/11 on Guardiola's men to score three again.

Goals are certainly expected when the Blues take to the field - no team in the division has scored more than them this season. In the 'over goals' market, over 3.5 at 1/1 does stand out, as it does also account for Arsenal's biggest strength too.

The Gunners were in strong form before the season came to a pause, also winning six of their last eight. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored four during this time, and the striker can never be ruled out in finding the back of the net. Arteta likes to put heavy emphasis on his side's attacking frontmen, and they simply need to win games to try and break into the top four.

Their underdog price may not tempt many bettors though, and there isn't much value in City, so we're sticking to the goals markets. We fancy the over 3.5 selection at evens, and also the popular both teams to score punt at 8/13.

Prediction

Three of City's last four league victories at home have with BTTS, and we fancy this selection at 6/4 v Arsenal. The added market bolsters their ordinary win price, and pays some credit to the Gunner's recent form.

They are dangerous going forward, but their leaky defence has yet again been their biggest downfall this season. They haven't kept a clean sheet against City since January 2015, and there has been little to suggest that they can keep Guardiola's men at bay over another ninety-minutes.

For extra bonus points, we also fancy the Blues to keep up their record in scoring three, with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night. For those that like the look of this scoreline, the best current market price is 10/1 at bet365.

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