Arsenal and Manchester City go head-to-head at Wembley this weekend for the chance to secure the first available silverware of the 2023-2024 season. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and Soccer live betting for this fixture.
Arsenal: Premier League Runners Up
Arsenal has embarked on an ambitious recruitment drive in a bid to close the gap on Man City. The Gunners have already spent more than $250 million this summer to sign Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, but more transfers could be on the horizon.
They are also trying to sell players, with Mikel Arteta keen to cut down the size of his squad. Folarin Balogun continues to be linked with a departure, despite Gabriel Jesus suffering a knee injury, while Nicolas Pepe could leave on a free transfer.
Arsenal beat Barcelona 5-3 in a friendly last week, and Bukayo Saka got on the scoresheet for the second time during the off-season. The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in his last competitive outing for England and notched 15 goals for Arsenal last season.
He has found the net in two of his last four appearances against Manchester City and could punish the Citizens again. If you’re betting online and love your props, Saka is the player to watch as we expect them to find the back of the net. Arsenal is competing in the Community Shield for the first time since 2020, when they secured the trophy thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Liverpool.
Man City: Best Team in Europe
The Citizens enter this clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in their most recent friendly. City has lost a couple of key players this summer, as Ilkay Gundogan moved to Barcelona and Riyad Mahrez joined the exodus to Saudi Arabia. Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is also out injured.
Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland should still benefit from a strong service from Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, and Phil Foden on Sunday, and he looks well-priced to get on the scoresheet. The Premier League champions have only played three matches in pre-season, two fewer than Arsenal, so they are likely to feel the physical demands of the competitive tie a little more. If you love entertaining games, you should include them in your soccer picks and parlays.
There is still work for City to do before the transfer window closes in around a month. Yet even if there are no more incomings between now and Sept. 1, Guardiola’s troops will be favorites to win every competition they enter. City’s squad is fully packed with world-class players, but that doesn’t mean they will win on Sunday. In fact, you should avoid backing a winner.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Head-to-Head
Arsenal scored in 34 of their 38 league matches last season, led by the attacking brilliance of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Gabriel Martinelli. Their games averaged 3.45 goals, the second-highest tally in the league. City scored in 35 of their 38 games. Their matches averaged 3.34 goals.
Manchester City has lost their last two Community Shield matches. Arsenal has only lost one of their last 12 appearances in this competition in normal time. Erling Haaland scored in both of Manchester City’s Premier League fixtures versus Arsenal last season.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Match Information
- Match: Arsenal (0-0-0) vs Manchester City (0-0-0)
- Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
- Day/Time: Sunday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. ET
- Arsenal vs Manchester City Live Stream: fubo.tv
Arsenal vs Manchester City Betting Lines
Arsenal vs Manchester City Picks and Prediction
The Citizens enter this clash as favorites, priced at -145 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
After losing the title to them last season, Mikel Arteta’s men will be out for revenge. Man City have struggled to keep the back door shut and should not blow Arteta’s men away as they have done in the past. Manchester City has won their last eight meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, but that’s a risky bet in the first official game of the season. Instead, we are expecting a high-scoring affair with goals from both sides.
Manchester City is listed at -145 in our Vegas FA Cup Community Shield lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Manchester City, you have a chance to win $69. The Arsenal is+300, offering a chance to win $300 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Manchester City a 59.18% chance to win, with Arsenal at 25.00%.