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- EPL Week 3 fixture scheduled at Etihad Stadium on Saturday
- Man City crushed Norwich City 5-0 in the EPL last week
- Arsenal are coming off a 6-0 rout of West Brom in the Carabao Cup
- Arsenal lost their first two matches in the EPL this season
- Man City are unbeaten in their last 11 encounters against Arsenal in the EPL
- Man City have won their last 3 meetings against Arsenal in all competitions
Jack Grealish will lead Man City in this match. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images )
Arsenal could not face a tougher challenge as they bid to get their Premier League season up and running at Manchester City.
The Gunners are second from bottom in the table after following up their loss to new-boys Brentford with defeat against London rivals Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City side bounced back from defeat to Tottenham by hammering Norwich and are 19/20 to win to nil in the Man City v Arsenal betting tips.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is desperate for an upturn in fortunes after two defeats and no goals scored in their opening two matches saw him made the clear favourite in the Premier League sack race odds.
They take on the defending champions knowing they have a dismal recent record against City, losing their last eight in the Premier League and scoring in just two.
Five of those meetings have seen over 2.5 goals, with the same again this weekend priced at 8/15, while City are the 1/4 overwhelming favourites after firing five past Norwich.
Arsenal have conceded in the opening 22 minutes in both games and City were 2-0 up against the Canaries in the same time frame.
That suggests an early goal could be on the cards at the Etihad Stadium and Ladbrokes are offering a price boost of 10/3 for the hosts to be leading after 15 minutes, which is worth considering for Man City v Arsenal betting tips.
Arsenal last won at City in the league in 2015 and are 11/1 to repeat that on Saturday, with a draw 24/5.
Arteta will demand improvements at both ends of the field with no goals scored and four conceded while coronavirus and injuries have limited which players he can call upon.
Ben White has tested positive, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are returning to full fitness following the virus and Thomas Partey and Hector Bellerin are struggling with injuries.
Aubameyang hit a hat-trick on Wednesday night as Arsenal thrashed West Brom 6-0 in the Carabao Cup and Arteta is hoping that result boosted the confidence of his squad.
“When you lose a game, as quick as possible you have to win,” said the Spaniard, who was Guardiola’s assistant before returning to Arsenal. “Today’s game is going to give us some confidence. We had players who played some first minutes.
“Auba after his Covid, to get some minutes and score three goals for his confidence is going to be great. Overall I think a really positive night.”
Arsenal’s defence will be tested against a confident City side that thrashed Norwich, even with Kevin De Bruyne missing and Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez only coming on as second-half substitutes.
Centre-back John Stones has yet to start since returning from Euro 2020 duty with England while Fernandinho could feature in Guardiola’s midfield.
Sterling loves playing against Arsenal after scoring in the last four Premier League games against them, including the first goal in the previous three.
Fresh off a tap-in against Norwich, the England forward is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 8/1 to net two or more.
Mahrez also came off the bench to bag at the weekend and can be backed at 6/4 to get on the scoresheet again while Jack Grealish is 9/5 to register in consecutive games.
Looking at the visitors to complete our Man City v Arsenal betting tips, Aubameyang will look to build on his midweek treble and is 7/2 to score or 11/1 to break the deadlock.
*All odds and markets correct as of date of publication
24 October 2021
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