Manchester City will begin 2022 with an eight-point advantage atop the English Premier League. The Citizens are the only team that won their last five games. Arsenal had a very rocky start to the season, but now sits in fourth place. The Gunners won their last four games.
There’s no doubt that the Citizens deserve to be the soccer betting favorites at -200. However, you won’t find a more tempting underdog than the Gunners at home.
Arsenal, City Collide Amid Hot Streaks
Arsenal’s New Philosophy
Arsenal adopted an old saying as its new philosophy. The Gunners now truly believe that there’s no better defense than a good offense. They won their last four games by a combined score of 14-1.
Most recently, they crushed Norwich 5-0. Bukayo Saka was the Man of the Match after scoring two goals. Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, and Emile Smith Rowe also scored. Smith Rowe is now the team’s top scorer with eight goals. Curiously enough, he’s not a starter.
You might be wondering about Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who is not getting along with head coach Mikel Arteta. Arteta believes the striker isn’t committed to the team and rumor has it the Gunners are ready to transfer him.
Aubameyang is a great player, but let’s be honest, the Gunners have played a lot better without him. Barcelona and Juventus have shown some interest, while Arsenal is aiming for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to replace him.
The Gunners’ home record should be enough for you to consider including them in your soccer picks. They’re 7-1-1 at home and have lost five games on the road. Their only defeat at Emirates Stadium was against Chelsea (2-0).
Winning the EPL title isn’t an option, at least not right now. Nevertheless, their main goal is to return to the UEFA Champions League. Beating City would allow Arsenal to keep distance on West Ham United and Tottenham.
Arsenal’s predicted lineup: Aaron Ramsdale; Rob Holding, Ben White, Gabriel dos Santos, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Alexandre Lacazette.
Manchester City Unstoppable
Crystal Palace woke up the beast. After losing to the Eagles in late October, Manchester City has won all its games. They only lost to RB Leipzig in the Champions League, but they were already qualified and gave rest to several players.
The Citizens are well known for their offensive power. In fact, we’re talking about the top scoring team in the league with 51 goals. We’re also talking about the best defensive team. They’ve allowed only 12 goals and finished with a clean sheet in four of their last five games.
Most recently, they faced Brentford and won 1-0 on a goal from Phil Foden. They also won possession with 77 percent and that’s just ridiculous. Pep Guardiola’s experiment of putting Foden or Jack Grealish as center forwards has worked.
Their roster is so talented that Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez and Cole Palmer didn’t play at all. Ferran Torres didn’t play as well, but he isn’t an option anymore. The Spanish striker completed a move to Barcelona. Many believe the Citizens are getting ready to pursue Erling Haaland.
You’ll never be wrong by including the Citizens in your betting online ticket, no matter where they play. They own an 8-1-1 record on the road, losing only to Tottenham in the first game of the season.
Manchester City’s predicted lineup: Ederson Moraes; Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva; Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling; Phil Foden.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 204
- Arsenal Victories: 98 (320 goals)
- Manchester City Victories: 61 (252 goals)
- Draws: 45
Arsenal will be looking for some revenge after getting crushed by Manchester City in their first meeting. Remember I mentioned that Arsenal had a rocky start? Well, the Citizens, who were offering a -300 price in the sportsbook, took advantage of that and defeated the Gunners 5-0.
Torres had a great game, finishing with two goals and one assist, but he won’t be able to repeat it. The Gunners played the entire second half with 10 players after Xhaka got a red card.
Regarding the EPL, Arsenal beat City for the last time in the 2015-16 season.
Arsenal vs City Game Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Emirates Stadium, London
- Arsenal vs Manchester City Live Stream: fuboTV
Arsenal vs City Betting Lines
|Arsenal||+1 Ev||+500||3 -120o||½ -210o/+165u|
|Manchester City||-1 -120||-200||3 Evu||2½ +145o/-175u|
Arsenal vs City Prediction
Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant for a long time, so they know each other pretty well. Both like to put on a show, so be sure to tune in.
Arsenal has improved a lot. They’ll put up a fight, enough to score and avoid another blowout, but not to get the three points. Not even a draw. Three of their last four victories were against teams outside the top 10.
At the end of the day, the visitor’s depth and fresher legs will make the difference in a fast-paced match.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 2, Arsenal 1