Manchester City vs Arsenal 17 June 2020, Wednesday: Prediction, Tips and Match Preview of the English Premier League clash; Kick off 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET at the Etihad Stadium.
Having surrendered the title to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s Citizens look to hold on to the second spot in league table with a win against inconsistent Arsenal in their first match post covid-19 lockdown.
The Sky Blues went into the isolation chamber after the 2-0 defeat to cross city rivals Manchester United on 8th of March. The result set their gap with league leaders to 25 points and invite pressure for runner up finish from the Leicester City, who are now 4 points behind.
Even so, there are largely untroubled while playing at their own backyard and sit with a solid statistic of 9 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses from 13 so far. They average 2.5 goals scored per game at this ground, while conceding just under a goal per game.
Arsenal on the other hand have been on a green patch off late, raked up three consecutive wins before the break in season.
Despite all these games played at their own turf, this sum up a brilliant 2020 for Mikel Arteta, who took his team’s unbeaten streak in Premier League this year to 8 games. However, the team drew half of the games during the period.
Taking about draws, most of them came on the road and their current streak in that aspect is 5 on the bounce.
Now, on an all, the Gunners have been poor in their travels and managed just 2 wins whole season with 8 draws and 3 losses to go with it.
Scoring goals in away games remains a well-documented problem for Arteta’s men, 14 so far from 13 games, only 6 other teams have scored fewer away goals in Premier League this season.
Arsenal are currently 9th in the table, but they have a game in hand and will keep keen to close the gap with top 5 teams, which is a 5-point drift
No matter what, both teams need a win desperately, City to remain second in the table, while Arsenal want to cut the deficit with Europa League zone.
Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy are injured and are confirmed absentees for Wednesday’s clash.
Meantime, both Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne are doubtful after their recent return from respective injuries.
Calum Chambers, Lucas Torreira and Cedric Soares are the players in the nursing table for the Gunners.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h) stats
Earlier this season, City bagged a comfortable 3-0 win at the Emirates, stretching their winning streak over Arsenal to 6 across all competitions.
The men in Sky Blue were victorious in each of the 2 h2h EPL fixtures in previous 2 seasons.
Arsenal did manage to beat Manchester City at the Etihad back in 2015, since went on to draw and loss 3 three on the trot.
Despite the poor record at this ground, the Gunners scored in 7 consecutive visits to this ground.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction
Both teams will be keen to put three points on the board, but Manchester are heavy favourites at their fortress and Arsenal did truly little to convince us otherwise.
Home win priced at 1.36 odd adds little value for single bets unless it is to boost an accumulator you use on the given day.
Therefore, we take City win with the over 2.5 goals combo as the best option and we all know Pep’s men can be devastating at this ground.
Both teams to score in the match is our second option, considering Arsenal’s scoring streak of 7 games at this stadium. The 1.60 odd on btts is a decent return and opt out from going for risky options when teams are returning from an awfully long break.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Home win and Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75 (3/4) odd
Both teams to Score in the match @ 1.67 (2/3).