Manchester City vs Arsenal: Betting Tips, H2H, Predicted lineup and Match Preview

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On March 31, in the Premier League, there will be a match between Manchester City and Arsenal, with the defending champions, currently in third place, aiming to close the gap on the league leaders.

Manchester City Form

The home team comes into this match in excellent form, having won six out of their last seven games in various competitions, with the remaining match ending in a draw. During this period, they have scored 17 goals and conceded only five, demonstrating a strong desire to finish the season strongly following their success last season. In their most recent fixture, Manchester City secured a comfortable 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. They are eager to maintain their positive momentum in their upcoming match.

Arsenal Form

On the contrary, the away team boasts a comparable streak of form to their upcoming rivals. Arsenal has emerged victorious in six out of their last seven matches across various competitions, suffering only one defeat. During this period, they have netted an impressive 24 goals while conceding just two. Their flawless record of eight wins in the Premier League has propelled them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating FC Porto in their previous fixture. They are determined to break their streak of unfortunate results against Manchester City in their upcoming journey northwards.

Head to head

During the decade spanning from 2010 to 2020, encounters between these two teams were largely one-sided, with Manchester City asserting dominance. However, Arsenal's fortunes have improved recently, as they have emerged victorious in the last two matches. Nevertheless, Manchester City still holds the advantage in their head-to-head record, having secured three wins in the last five meetings.

Recent Five Matches

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City (10/23)
  • Man City 1-1 Arsenal (1-4 pens.) (08/23)
  • Man City 4-1 Arsenal (04/23)
  • Arsenal 1-3 Man City (02/23)
  • Man City 1-0 Arsenal (01/23)
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Betting Tips, H2H, Predicted lineup and Match Preview
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Team News

Manchester City vs Arsenal: Betting Tips, H2H, Predicted lineup and Match Preview
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Both Guardiola and Arteta have been assessing the repercussions of the international break, facing scrutiny from skeptical fans with each player withdrawal. Guardiola revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that England's Kyle Walker and John Stones would miss the game due to injury, although Manuel Akanji, who pulled out of Switzerland's squad, is recovering well. Additionally, first-choice goalkeeper Ederson is showing improvement and could return to the starting lineup.

There was no update provided on Matheus Nunes' injury sustained during Portugal duty, but Kevin De Bruyne, who has been a formidable presence against Arsenal in the past, has been training excellently and is expected to be available. Jack Grealish is also back to fitness but may start from the bench.

Similarly, Arsenal faced setbacks during the international break as key players like Gabriel Magalhaes and Bukayo Saka withdrew from their national teams due to injury concerns. Gabriel Martinelli, who scored Arsenal's only goal in their previous victory against Man City, was already sidelined with a foot injury. Arteta remains hopeful that all three players will recover in time to reclaim their starting positions.

Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey are anticipated to be fit after participating in a closed-doors friendly against Queens Park Rangers during the international break. The only potential absentee for Arsenal is Jurrien Timber, who is recovering from an ACL injury but is expected to return before the end of the season.


Predicted Lineup

Manchester City possible lineup:

Ederson; Lewis, Dias, Akanji, Ake; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Doku

Arsenal possible lineup:

Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Martinelli

Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction

Despite Arsenal demonstrating skill and composure in recent weeks, they have struggled to deliver similar performances at the Etihad Stadium in recent encounters. To secure a positive outcome in this match, they must perform at their peak level.

On the other hand, Manchester City are clear frontrunners for victory in this contest. They have maintained an unbeaten streak since December and appear determined to continue their pursuit of silverware this season.

Prediction: Manchester City to win 2-1 against Arsenal.

Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Tips and Odds

In three out of the last five encounters between these two Premier League powerhouses, both teams have found the net, and it's probable that this trend will continue. Arsenal's last draw at the Etihad was in 2017, and their last victory there dates back to 2015. They will need to confront their historical challenges and put up a strong fight to break this streak.

Betting Tips

  • Both Teams to Score – Yes: 1.71
  • Match Total – Over 2.5 Goals: 1.79
  • Double Chance – Arsenal or Draw: 1.97

Match Odds

  • Man City Win: 1.89
  • Draw: 3.85
  • Arsenal Win: 4.10