Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Preview – 23/04/17
Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Preview
In our Arsenal v Manchester City betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.
Arsenal and Manchester City take a break from Premier League action on Sunday to face off in the last four of the FA Cup. Arsenal come into this clash in desperate need of a win to get the fans back on board and reignite a season that’s in danger of going stale. The Gunners have lifted the trophy in two of the last three seasons and a defeat here could be catastrophic for boss Arsene Wenger. Manchester City make the trip to the capital in good form and this competition represents an excellent opportunity of silverware for the club. Pep Guardiola is yet to win a trophy in England and he’ll be determined to get off the mark with The Citizens.
Seven defeats in thirteen for misfiring Gunners
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last three months, you’ll know just how much pressure Arsene Wenger is under at Arsenal. The Gunners’ season has gone drastically off the rails since the end of January, losing seven of their last thirteen games which has seen them exit the Champions League and diminish their chances of finishing in the top four. Their struggles has now made the FA Cup their no.1 priority and it can’t be underestimated just how much Wenger needs this win. The Frenchmen has excellent pedigree in this tournament, winning it on no fewer than six occasions so he knows exactly what’s required to get through.
But despite their history in the competition, their recent form makes incredibly grim reading for Arsenal fans. The defeats have been bad enough but the performances from some of their key personnel have been way below par. But their Monday night clash with Middlesbrough in the Premier League provided some rest bite though. It wasn’t the prettiest of games at the Riverside but The Gunners managed to battle to a 2-1 win courtesy of two well taken efforts from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Wenger opted for a new 3-4-3 system which seemed to work fairly well and it’ll be interesting to see if it features here against a much higher calibre of opponent.
First piece of silverware on the horizon for Pep?
It’s fair to say that this season has been one of transition for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. The Citizens have been one of the Premier League’s most inconsistent sides but when they’re on form, they’re very difficult to stop. Going forward they’ve been sensational but there’s always question marks over their defensive capabilities. Pep hasn’t settled on a back four or goalkeeper which has seen them concede 35 goals in 32 games – including three in two games against The Gunners this season. But the return of skipper Vincent Kompany to the line-up has been a huge boost for them and it was evident in their last outing.
The Belgium international captained City at Southampton last Saturday and he led from the front, scoring his sides opening goal as they went on to win 3-0. Sergio Aguero and the in-form Leroy Sane also got themselves on the scoresheet to add extra gloss to their performance. The clean sheet would’ve also delighted Guardiola and we’re expecting them to continue their good run here, particularly with the form their forward players are in. Sane in particular has taken the top flight by storm over the last few weeks and we can see him being key here. The Germany international has contributed six goals in his last ten appearances and he’s priced at 2/1 to score anytime here. City are capable of dismantling any side in the division on their day and we’re expecting a game packed full of goals at Wembley on Sunday, with them coming narrowly coming out on top.
Manchester City to win & BTTS: (Best Priced at 21/10 at BetVictor) – BET HERE
Leroy Sane to score anytime: (Best Priced at 2/1 at betfair) – BET HERE
Manchester City to score in both halves: (Best Priced at 11/8 at betfair) – BET HERE
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