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Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Preview: Citizens to beat Gunners

posted by David Nugent
Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Preview: Citizens to beat Gunners

Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester City go head-to-head in a friendly on Tuesday evening in Gothenburg.

Arsenal v Man City

Friendly

August 7th 2016

Kick-off 18:00

Live on ITV / ITV HD

Arsenal have enjoyed a relatively quiet summer on the transfer front. Their only big arrival in the summer window has been Swiss defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka, despite the Gunners being linked with a number of high-profile players.

The team from north London will head into this clash without a number of key first team players. Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are still recovering from Euro 2016, while Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey may feature, having missed much of pre-season.

The Gunners defeated Norwegian side Viking Stavanger 8-0 on Friday and are odds of 19/10 with 888 Sport to record another victory.

Manchester City are starting a new era under highly-rated boss Pep Guardiola. The Catalan has been busy reshaping his squad bringing in the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

The Citizens are expected to be big players in the Premier League next season and Guardiola’s influence is likely to be major within the whole club in the new campaign. Last season’s fourth-place finish was highly disappointing and everybody will expect better from the Citizens this time around.

City are likely to name a strong team in this clash as they look to gain some momentum to carry into next weekend’s opening game against Bournemouth. City are odds of 5/4 with 888 Sport to record a win this clash.

This game is unlikely to have the same intensity as a competitive fixture, so the odds of 12/5 for a draw may not be the worst punt in the world.

Big Tip

Guardiola’s arrival at City and some of the new signings are likely to give the team a lift and I expect them to come out on top against an under-strength Gunners team at odds of 5/4 with 888 Sport.

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