Although it was only the FA Community Shield, Manchester City showed no signs of entering this new Premier League season with complacency last weekend. A domineering 2-0 win for the Champions against a lacklustre Chelsea showed, even without a large portion of their main stars, Pep Guardiola’s team mean business.
Sergio Agüero scored both goals and is 10/11 with William Hill to score at anytime this Sunday, when plenty of goals are expected from two in-form sides.
Arsenal are a team now building in confidence, after the arrival of new manager Unai Emery and a handful of new player signings. The Gunners are not expected to win major honours in the Spaniard’s first year in charge, but they do expect the style of football to be at a higher level, and for the mistakes under Arsene Wenger to be erased.
Manchester City, odds-on favourites to win the Premier League with all top football betting sites, showed their attacking prowess throughout their Community Shield match-up against Chelsea. They ran them ragged, Bernardo Silva driving with the ball at his feet, past onlooking defenders and carving Chelsea’s defence open.
The Portugal international and Riyad Mahrez are expected to start in the absence of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, with both finding their feet so early on in the season and looking sharp.
Guardiola’s team ended last season scoring the most goals in the division with 106, just over 20 goals more than the second-highest, Liverpool. City have a very well-drilled and organised team, who are hard to break down. With Sergio Agüero in great shape after the World Cup, the side are going to create a hatful of chances for the Argentine.
Arsenal have looked incredibly slick throughout pre-season and come into the season full of hope. Emery brings, one prays, a more diligent defensive approach to the philosophy of the club, as well as a free-flowing attack.
In pre-season, the combination of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette has been blossoming. With Emery’s favoured choice of a 4-3-3 formation, the Gabon international plays out wide on the left, with Lacazette through the middle. However, the style of football is very expressive and fluid, with the forward line exchanging places.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a point to prove after his very public exit from Manchester United to Arsenal. Playing on the right-hand side of Emery’s front three, the Armenian will hope to chip in with goals and assists.
Although both teams will want to keep a clean sheet, this game should burst into life, which is why over 3.5 goals to be scored during the 90 minutes is priced at an enticing 11/8 with William Hill.
After exiting the World Cup with Argentina in the round of 16 stage, Agüero has recovered and gone through a pre-season that enabled him to start in the Community Shield game last weekend.
Scoring twice, the Argentine proved that he is still the number one forward in City’s ranks and, providing he can stay fit and healthy, another big season is on the cards. Arguably the club’s best ever player, Agüero is looking to finally get his hands on a Premier League Golden Boot this campaign and will be in menacing form.
In 14 appearances against the Gunners, Agüero has scored eight times and assisted twice. With Guardiola’s expressive and free-flowing brand of football, Agüero will be given chance after chance to again get his name on the scoresheet against the club.
Agüero is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world, having found the back of the net 143 times in 206 appearances for the Citizens. Arsenal will have eyes on him at all times, but such is the brilliance and subtlety of the Argentina international that he escapes and manages to constantly find space in threatening areas. The Man City forward is 10/11 with William to score at any time on Sunday against Arsenal.
Guardiola’s team like to dominate from the off and build pressure in the opposition’s half. It took just 13 minutes for Maurizio Sarri’s defence to crumble at the hands of Agüero and fall behind. City have shown over the last season that they want to lead from the front and build upon that.
In the second half, a similar story emerged: 13 minutes had passed and, once again, City scored to double their lead. They have a knack of scoring early on in both halves - it is something that Guardiola has stressed to his players in order to eliminate the possibility of a comeback and it’s no surprise to see the team 7/5 to score in both halves with Betway.
Arsenal pose a threat to City, but Guardiola has a positive record against the Gunners. In their four fixtures in the Premier League since the Spaniard arrived at Manchester, City have won three and drawn one. The Citizens have not yet failed to score two or more goals against Arsenal, which shows the likelihood of this bet coming in.