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Manchester City vs Arsenal Predictions

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England Premier League | Etihad Stadium | 17th October
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Manchester City vs Arsenal predictions for Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad. Manchester City hope to bring an end to their recent poor results when they host Arsenal on Saturday. Read on for all our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Both Teams To Score @ 4/7

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Draw 2-2 @ 16/1

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Alexandre Lacazette To Score Anytime @ 9/4

Reason For Manchester City vs Arsenal Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in six of these teams’ combined seven Premier League matches this season.
  • Both Arsenal and Manchester City have averaged exactly two goals per game this season.
  • Alexandre Lacazette has scored in three of Arsenal’s four Premier League games this term.

Injury problems worsen for Guardiola

Manchester City’s disappointing start to the season could be set to continue as they return from the international break with even more selection issues. Kevin De Bruyne’s withdrawal from the Belgium squad and Raheem Sterling’s problems could force Pep Guardiola into radical changes, and at the moment this side doesn’t look capable of dealing with that.

The Citizens dropped more points last time out as they visited the newly promoted Leeds and came away with only a single point, although in fairness that was a much more promising afternoon than their 5-2 demolition at the hands of Leicester the week before.

Fortunately for Guardiola, many of Man City’s rivals have also dropped plenty of points this season, but there’s no denying that this team has some major problems right now.

Apprentice Arteta targets revenge

Arsenal, meanwhile, have started the season in excellent fashion with three wins from four so far, only failing when they came up against reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners bounced back from that defeat with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Sheffield United, and Mikel Arteta will be keen to make amends for his last trip to the Etihad. Guardiola’s former apprentice visited Manchester in June and came away reeling from a 3-0 defeat, but a much tighter affair is expected on Saturday.

Plenty of goalmouth action expected at the Etihad

Both of these sides have been shaky at the back this season, and we can expect plenty of attacking action at both ends of the pitch here. Both teams have scored in all three of Manchester City’s top flight matches, and the last time Arsenal saw a clean sheet was in their 3-0 win over Fulham on the opening day of the season.

All this points towards a both teams to score bet being a valuable option, and we’re expecting the spoils to be shared with Arsenal improving so dramatically. Both teams have averaged exactly two goals per game in the Premier League this season, so a 2-2 correct score prediction is our choice.

We’re also backing Alexandre Lacazette to get on the scoresheet. The Gunners forward has scored in three of Arsenal’s four league games this season and is looking a revitalised character right now.

Manchester City injuries and team news

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both remain sidelined, leaving Pep Guardiola with no recognised strikers to field. Raheem Sterling has been deputising but is a doubt after missing the international break, while Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be sidelined after pulling out of the Belgium squad.

Ilkay Gundogan has finally recovered from coronavirus and could be in line to make his first appearance of the season on Saturday.

Arsenal injuries and team news

New signing Thomas Partey could make his Arsenal debut at the Etihad, but their injury list remains a lengthy read.

Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Emile Smith-Rowe are all ruled out, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a slight doubt after pulling out of the Gabon squad. Kieran Tierney is an unknown quantity after being told to self isolate during the international break.

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