Master meets apprentice once again on Wednesday night as Pep Guardiola's men take on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in the most anticipated match of the season. Will Manchester City beat the Gunners for a third time in a row this season and virtually take the lead of the Premier League? Below you’ll find researched Man City vs Arsenal predictions ahead of Wednesday's showdown, bet builder tips on this clash, probable line-ups, how to watch the match on TV, best odds and free bets...
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When is Manchester City vs Arsenal?Manchester City welcome the current Premier League leaders to the Etihad stadium on Wednesday 26 April, with kick off scheduled for 20:00 (UK).
The title decider will be available to watch in the UK on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Football fans can also watch a live stream of the match in the UK via the BT Sport website or app.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting PreviewManchester City enter the big match on the back of a 16-game unbeaten streak (W13 D3). They have won 8 of the last 9 league games (with a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest their only slip) and have secured qualifications for the FA Cup Final and Champions League semifinal. Pep Guardiola's men defeated 3-0 Sheffield UTD in the domestic cup over the weekend, and beat Bayern Munich 4-1 on aggregate in the quarter finals of the European showpiece. Prior to that, Man City hammered RB Leipzig 7-0 at Etihad.
Despite being unbeaten in 10 Premier League matches, Arsenal have dropped points in three-straight games before visiting Etihad. They now have a five point lead over the Citizens but they have played two games more than their closest rivals. Mikel Arteta's men drew 2-2 at Liverpool and West Ham after being 2-0 up in both games, while they also rallied late on to draw 3-3 at home against Southampton last weekend after being 3-1 down. Since William Saliba has been sidelined, their defense has not been rock solid as usual. They have recorded just one clean sheet in the last 9 outings and conceded at least two goals in five of those matches.
Manchester City (3-2-2-3): Ederson; Akanji, Laporte, Ruben Dias; Stones, Rodri; De Bruyne, Gundogan; B.Silva, Haaland, Grealish
The only injury concern for Man City is Nathan Ake as the former Bournemouth defender sat out the FA Cup semi-final win over Sheff UTD. John Stones should retain his berth in midfield alongside Rodri, while Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will start as offensive midfielders. Up front, Erling Haaland will spearhead the attack, flanked by Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva, who should get the nod over Riyad Mahrez, although the Algerian scored a hat-trick last time out. Phil Foden is expected to recover and make the bench.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, G. Jesus, Martinelli
William Saliba is still out, meaning that Rob Holding will partner Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the back once again. Granit Xhaka sat out Arsenal’s draw with Southampton with illness, making him a minor doubt for this game. No changes are expected elsewhere, with Gabriel Jesus leading the line alongside Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. The likes of Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey will retain their starting berth in the middle of the park, as well as Ben WHite and Oleksandr Zinchenko as full backs. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are sidelined.
Who is the Manchester City v Arsenal Favourite?
Manchester are 4/7 to win on Wednesday night with 10Bet. Arsenal are backable at 5/1 with Unibet while the draw is priced at 18/5 with BetUK.
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Our Manchester City v Arsenal Predictions
Manchester City are firing on all cylinders, and a treble is in sight. They have been almost faultless at home this season, winning 13, drawing one and losing one of their 14 league games at Etihad. The Cityzens have scored a whopping 50 goals in the process, conceding just 15 goals.
Arsenal have a W11 D4 L2 record on their travels in Premier League this season but they are winless in their last two games away from Emirates.
Furthermore, Guardiola has beaten Arteta in 8 of their 9 encounters since the Spaniard manages the North London club.
As a result, we back Manchester City to win this season-defining match. The correct score could be a 3-1 City win, with Erling Haaland putting his name on the scoresheet once again.
That's why we strongly recommend to grab the 80/1 price boost offered by Livescore Bet on Man City to win and Haaland to score.
Man City v Arsenal Bet Builder Tips
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