Manchester City vs Arsenal
England Premier League.
Date: Sunday, 18th December 2016,
Kick-off at 16:00 UK.
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium.
After suffering back to back league defeats, Manchester City snatched the maximum points in their last league game against Watford. The Citizens were also without a win in their previous three home matches in all competitions, which also include a 3-1 defeat from the hands of Chelsea. Pep Guardiola will be a relieved man after seeing his side defeat Watford by a convincing 2-0 margin on the midweek. The Chelsea defeat is their only home defeat in 8 league games this season and in 12 home games played across all competitions. They sit 4th on the log with 33 points from 16 games, and 7 adrift the top spot.
Arsenal succumbs to their first league defeat in 15 league games played as Everton strike late at the Goodison Park. Wenger’s men were brilliant in the opening few minutes of the match and were rewarded with an Alexis Sanchez goal. Since then, they were chasing shadows and Everton punished them duly with a brilliant 2-1 comeback win.
The Gunners still stay as the 3rd best away team in the league after taking 17 points from their 8 games so far. Going into this clash, Arsenal sits 3rd on the league table with 34 points, 1 point better than their Sunday’s host Manchester City.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Head-to-head stats
Arsenal enjoyed the best aggregate result in their 2 legged meetings with the citizen last season. The North London side played 2-2 draw with the Manchester side at the Etihad stadium, after a hard earned 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
Moreover, Arsenal had enjoyed considerable success in away matches to Manchester City. They are currently unbeaten in the last two with a win and a draw. And won three times in their last 6 visits, while City won twice with one match ending in a draw.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Prediction
This is going to be one hell of battle among two top clubs in English Football. They are separated by 1 point in the league table and will be keen to get the better of each other. Moreover, they will cancel each other out with their recent form.
However, Manchester City do have a slight edge here which is mainly based on their home form this season. Let alone the humbling defeat against Chelsea, the Citizens were too good for visiting teams. In the case of Arsenal, they did had their usual good spell in a season. And December is normally the year, they go for an epic slip. We say, back the home team for a win and sit tight and enjoy a high scoring game.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Bet Tips
Manchester City to win at 6/5 (2.20)
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 1.90 (9/10).