Arsenal v Manchester City: New boss Emery Out to Give Pep Early Season Blues?
Following what has seemed a short impasse from Premier League action this summer after the exciting and entertaining World Cup, the flagship of English Football is back with a bang this weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United entertain Leicester City on Friday evening, but the standout fixture of opening weekend undoubtedly comes from the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal, under new boss, Unai Emery host last seasons’ runaway Premier League champions, Manchester City on Sunday afternoon – kick-off: 16:00 GMT.
The Gunners have been busy throughout the summer with some high-profile additions, including, goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira will offer much-needed energy and bite to the Arsenal engine room, while teenage attacker, Matteo Guendouzi arrived from Lorient to progress his career.
Arsenal have also had some key departures from their North London base, including Jack Wilshere, who has moved across the city to West Ham along with striker Lucas Perez on Deadline Day. Defender, Calum Chambers also made a late window loan move to Fulham, while popular Arsenal man, Santi Cazorla left to join Villarreal.
City have brought in Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City as their only significant signing of the summer window. Goalkeeper, Joe Hart has also left for Burnley after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.
The only form we have to go on for this contest is from last season, which makes it a little trickier to predict. Manchester City roll into town as Premier League champions and the best industry price of even money (1/1) with 10Bet suggests the bookmakers are edging on the Sky Blues’ side of caution for this game. The Draw is available at 3/1 with Betway.
At 3/1 for an Arsenal victory with Betfred, I do sense some value in the price. The Gunners will surely be fired-up by their new manager for the contest in front of their supporters, who will be looking forward to new ideas and tactical nous following Arsene Wenger’s tenure.
Another factor for this game is that the Arsenal line-up could well be further progressed in their build-up to the new season. Manchester City could be fielding under-prepared English, Belgian and French players following their late exploits in the World Cup, while the Arsenal boys were resting ahead of pre-season plans. At 3/1, the Gunners could well be value in this contest following a successful build-up to the new season.
Individual Goal Scorers
As with any high-profile Premier League game, the list of attacking talent is obvious and this contest is no exception. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero had a much-less successful World Cup campaign with his native Argentina, but heads the First Goal Scorer betting at 4/1 with 10Bet.
After netting both goals in City’s 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea last Sunday, – strikes that took the Argentinian over 200 career goals for his club – Aguero has already hit the ground running for the new season.
Team-mate, Gabriel Jesus is next best at 19/4 to open the scoring in this game with Betway. Another player with an inauspicious World Cup campaign, Jesus is likely to be tormenting Premier League defences with regularity this season and is worthy of noting if he makes the starting line-up.
Arsenal’s first sighting for opening goal scorer calculations comes from former Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who can be backed with Unibet at the best price of 51/10. The Gabon native has had a full preseason to acclimatise to his new surroundings, following his big-money move to Arsenal in January. Aubameyang has seen lots of interest from punters in the Premier League top goal scorer market, and he is likely to be a popular choice in this game also.
French striker, Alexandre Lacazette is a best-priced 13/2 with William Hill and 888Sport to give Arsenal a flying start to the campaign. Former Lyon striker, Lacazette will be hoping for a major role under his new coach and a goal against the reigning Champions would be a major boost to his chances.
Others to consider at larger prices would be Leroy Sane at 15/2 with 888Sport and Unibet. The German wide man will have plenty to prove this season following his surprise omission from their World Cup team in the summer, and could send another message towards Joachim Low and his staff with an impressive showing.
Aaron Ramsey is also worth noting at a generally available 12/1. The Welshman is another who has had the benefit of rest over the summer, and could cause problems to the City defence, coming from deep areas.
Other Side Bets
Before I compiled this article and looked at the odds, the stand-out bet for me in the whole game was for Both Teams to Score. After noticing the best price of 8/15 with William Hill is not the most profitable selection, it does however look to be a very likely winner indeed.
I can only see goals in this contest, and I would also like to take a punt on Over 3.5 Goals at 10/7 with Unibet and 888Sport. Over 2.5 Goals is a similarly short price to Both Teams to Score of 61/100 with MarathonBet, so the offer of odds-against for another goal is appealing enough to take on.
William Hill offer 5/1 on Arsenal to win Sunday’s game with Both Teams to Score. If you fancy the Gunners to win this game, then this could well be the selection for you, as City are likely to score themselves.
Our Correct Score bet for the game is a shock 3-1 home win for Arsenal at a whopping 30/1 with 188BET. It would be a huge shock to the reigning champions bid for back-to-back Premier League titles, but Unai Emery’s side could provide the surprise result of the weekend in front of his new army of supporters.
- Both Teams to Score at 8/15 with William Hill
- Arsenal to win the match at 3/1 with Betfred
- 3-1 Arsenal Correct Score at 30/1 with 188 BET