Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Preview | 17 Oct 2020

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In a heavyweight showdown as the Premier League returns from the international break, Manchester City will be hoping to make a return to winning ways when Arsenal travel to the Etihad on Saturday evening.

Last seen earlier in the month playing out what was an action-packed 1-1 draw against top-flight returners Leeds, the former champions have managed to win just one of their opening three contests this season and are desperate to make up some ground.

On the flip side, heading into the break with a scrappy 2-1 win against Sheffield United, it has been a very bright start for the Gunners and they have won five of their six competitive contests this year.

While Saturday’s guests might hold a concerning record in the blue half of Manchester, it should be noted that when the two sides last faced off back in July on FA Cup duties, Arsenal landed a shock 2-0 victory.

You might be interested to know that a similar away victory this weekend can be found priced as high as 6/1 with William Hill.

Betting Tip: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 20/21 @ 888sport
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

Sterling to lead the charge

Throwing away the lead once again prior to the international break and having to settle for a point away at Elland Road, it has been a rocky start for Manchester City.

While they might have opened the 2020/2021 campaign with a 3-1 win away at Wolves, some feel that Pep Guardiola’s squad could still be reeling from what turned out to be a stunning 5-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester on home soil.

However, while the former Premier League champions might be enduring another defensive struggle, the one-time Barcelona boss will be boosted by Raheem Sterling’s start to the New Year.

Without Sergio Aguero who is still dealing with a long-term injury and his contract ticking down, the England international did find the net against Leeds last time out and has three goals in back-to-back appearances across all competitions.

In fact, Sterling has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions since the start of last season with 34 strikes.

You might be interested to know that the former Liverpool starlet can be found priced at 20/21 with Bet365 to mark his return with a strike at the Etihad.

Betting Tip: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 20/21 @ 888sport
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

Arteta calling for improvements on the road

Last seen hanging onto their 2-1 victory against Sheffield United in North London prior to the international break, it has been a bright start to the 2020/2021 campaign for the Gunners and Mikel Arteta has been filled with praise for his squad.

Collecting nine points from their opening four Premier League appearances and coming past Liverpool on EFL Cup duties when opening October, Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man will be calling on his side to make some much-needed alterations on their travels.

Including a 3-1 defeat against the defending champions while on top-flight duties last month, Arsenal have lost three of their last four Premier League matchups away from the Emirates continuing on from last season, with that sole away victory coming against Fulham on the opening weekend.

In for what is undoubtedly another tough test on their travels as they return from the international break on Saturday evening, it should be noted that the two sides often produce fireworks at the Etihad.

The Gunners have shipped over 2.5 goals in each of their last three trips up North and a similar outcome this weekend can be found priced at 11/10 with QuinnBet.


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