Arsenal vs Manchester City betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s Premier League match with expert tips.
As Saturday afternoon arrives and the scene is all set for the return of Premier League football, both Arsenal and Manchester City face a task that could play a defining role in the rest of their respective seasons.
Fans across the country will be keeping a watchful eye over this match, after the often unwanted international break once again interjected the domestic season just three weeks into the campaign.
Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals – 9/1
Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals – 8/1
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Arsenal however would have been glad of the brief rest bite. After slugging out two undesirable mid-week Champions League qualifiers against Besiktas, Arsene Wenger’s team will have certainly appreciated the opportunity to drop their club responsibilities for a week. With the upcoming arrival of Manchester City on the horizon however, there is no rest for the wicked. Arsenal will be assessing the ankle injury picked up by talisman Aaron Ramsey, in Wales’ qualifier against Andorra. Whilst the Gunners may have to face City without Ramsey, as well as the long-term side-lined Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger will be looking to welcome back the injured Mesut Ozil and introduce his new £16 million signing, Danny Welbeck. Despite much surprise and scepticism over his proposed role as the new centre forward at the Emirates, the England striker will be looking to build on his mid-week international success with the a few goals against the Premier League title holders and our first Arsenal v Man City betting tip is for Danny Welbeck to score anytime at 2/1 with Ladbrokes. OPEN A NEW LADBROKES ACCOUNT AND GET A £100 FREE BET – register here.
Manuel Pellegrini’s squad however took no significant knocks in the international break, and with the welcome inclusion of a fully fit Sergio Aguero coming back into the side, the experienced Chilean manager will be looking forward to Saturday’s match against Arsenal with added confidence. Although the notoriously injury friendly Argentinean started for City last weekend without making an impact, Aguero now comes with the positive momentum of scoring two goals against Germany in an international friendly with the world champions. As well as Sergio Aguero, Pellegrini will be looking to introduce new arrival Eliaquim Mangala into Manchester City’s back-four alongside Vincent Kompany. The £32 million new signing from Porto is yet to make his debut in English football and will see Alexis Sanchez and co. as the perfect test to begin with in the Premier League.
Both Wenger and Pellegrini come into the 12:45pm Saturday kick off with a point to prove. The last round of domestic fixtures were particularly unkind to both sides, with Arsenal dropping two points against the newly promoted Leicester, and City losing 1-0 to Stoke in a disappointing effort from the 2013/14 league champions. Manchester City must treat the likes of both Stoke and Arsenal with equal respect if they are to repeat their feats of last campaign. Arsenal meanwhile will have to keep the pressure on in the title race if they are to avoid another fourth place finish that will be deemed as unsatisfactory by some of the Emirates’ faithful. As Manchester City failed to even score against Stoke last time out, expect a huge performance from the Citizens that may prove too much for Arsene Wenger’s already well worked squad so we are predicting Man City to win with over 2.5 goals.
Man City to win and over 2.5 goals – bet here at the boosted 8/1 with Paddy Power.
Danny Welbeck to score anytime – bet here at 2/1 with Ladbrokes and get a £100 free bet.
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