The EPL returns with a mouthwatering clash at the Etihad that sees Manchester City host Arsenal on Saturday.
Manchester City are off to their worst start since the 2010/11 season after following up a 3-1 win over Wolves with an embarrassing 5-2 home loss to Leicester and a 1-1 draw at newcomers Leeds in their last match.
Ruben Dias put up a good show on his debut for Manchester City, almost scoring a goal during the early exchanges where Man City was dominating possession. He will be badly needed to stabilize the one area Man City hasn’t really got a grip of since Kompany departed.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be keen to ensure their air of invincibility is restored with a convincing win over Arsenal, who they have a pretty decent record against, especially in this venue.
Arsenal continue to show signs of a revival under Mikel Arteta after a positive start that has seen them winning three in of their first four outings, with a defeat at Liverpool the only blot on their record this season.
Be that as it may, some of their performances have not quite been up to scratch. The loss at Liverpool showed the gulf in class between the two teams, but even more worryingly, the 2-1 identical home wins over West Ham and Sheffield were unconvincing.
Arsenal’s biggest challenges in recent years have been their form on the road and their performances against the traditional ‘big six’ teams. They did well to beat some of the big teams on their way to the FA Cup last season. This game gives them the perfect opportunity however to assess how far they have gone to overcome those two challenges.
Manchester City’s last home game ended in a shocking 5-2 loss to Leicester in what was Pep Guardiola’s heaviest defeat as City manager. That result was more of an outlier than a trend, however. It was the first time in 438 matches that they had conceded 5 goals at the Etihad and even more strikingly, they had only conceded a single goal in their previous home games. Pep will be looking for a response from his team. Arsenal has been one of his favourite clients at the Etihad, with City banging in at least 3 goals in each of Arsenal’s three visits. With City desperate to get their season back on track, we fancy they will pick up the win here @ 1.47 with Cloudbet as our first betting prediction for the game.
In the wake of the international break, there have been reports of injury or fitness concerns for some of the top names that would ordinarily have been the difference-makers in the game. City are already without Aguerro and Jesus who are recovering from injuries but they could be joined by De Bruyne who is said to have picked up a knock. On Arsenal’s side, mercurial forward Aubameyang might also fail to feature. If indeed any of this turns out to be correct, then goals might note really b on the menu. We are backing Under 3.5 goals @ 1.75 with Cloudbet betting app as our final shout for this clash.
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