Man City v Arsenal betting tips: Gunners must survive early onslaught
Man City v Arsenal preview and odds
Arsenal could not face a tougher challenge as they bid to get their Premier League season up and running at Manchester City.
The Gunners are second from bottom in the table after following up their loss to new-boys Brentford with defeat against London rivals Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City side bounced back from defeat to Tottenham by hammering Norwich and are 19/20 to win to nil in the Man City v Arsenal betting tips.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is desperate for an upturn in fortunes after two defeats and no goals scored in their opening two matches saw him made the clear favourite in the Premier League sack race odds.
They take on the defending champions knowing they have a dismal recent record against City, losing their last eight in the Premier League and scoring in just two.
Arsenal have conceded in the opening 22 minutes in both games and City were 2-0 up against the Canaries in the same time frame.
That suggests an early goal could be on the cards at the Etihad Stadium and Ladbrokes are offering a price boost of 10/3 for the hosts to be leading after 15 minutes, which is worth considering for Man City v Arsenal betting tips.
Arteta will demand improvements at both ends of the field with no goals scored and four conceded while coronavirus and injuries have limited which players he can call upon.
Ben White has tested positive, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are returning to full fitness following the virus and Thomas Partey and Hector Bellerin are struggling with injuries.
Aubameyang hit a hat-trick on Wednesday night as Arsenal thrashed West Brom 6-0 in the Carabao Cup and Arteta is hoping that result boosted the confidence of his squad.
A much-needed win and performance for Arsenal…
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“When you lose a game, as quick as possible you have to win,” said the Spaniard, who was Guardiola’s assistant before returning to Arsenal. “Today’s game is going to give us some confidence. We had players who played some first minutes.
“Auba after his Covid, to get some minutes and score three goals for his confidence is going to be great. Overall I think a really positive night.”
Arsenal’s defence will be tested against a confident City side that thrashed Norwich, even with Kevin De Bruyne missing and Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez only coming on as second-half substitutes.
Centre-back John Stones has yet to start since returning from Euro 2020 duty with England while Fernandinho could feature in Guardiola’s midfield.
Sterling loves playing against Arsenal after scoring in the last four Premier League games against them, including the first goal in the previous three.
Where: Etihad Stadium
When: 12:30, Saturday 28th August
How to watch: BT Sport
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication