Just four days after contesting the final of the EFL Cup, Arsenal and Manchester City meet again in the Premier League on Thursday night. Can the Gunners avenge their 3-0 defeat or will City prosper again? Sunday’s EFL Cup final turned out to be a pretty one-sided affair as favourites Manchester City eased to a comfortable win and picked up their first trophy under Pep Guardiola. And it’s unlikely to be the only one they collect this season. The Citizens are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League and can extend that lead with another three points at the Emirates.
City were simply too good for Arsenal on Sunday and football bookmakers are expecting that to be the case again on Thursday, despite Arsenal’s home advantage. That’s not surprising considering the form book. The Gunners have won just two of their last seven Premier League games, losing three of the last five.
All three of those defeats were away from home. They’ve only lost one league game at the Emirates this season, but at the same time they’ve only managed one win against one of the other teams in the top six. Unibet is offering reasonable odds of 7/2 on Arsene Wenger’s side to pull off an upset and claim a big win.
As for City, they've dropped just nine points in the Premier League all season, winning 23 of their 27 matches. Their record against the rest of the ‘big six’ is also pretty impressive, with a 4-3 defeat at Liverpool in January the only blot. They haven’t won at the Emirates since 2013, but Guardiola’s side are on another level this season and look a safe bet at 17/20 with Unibet.
One thing punters should always expect from Manchester City is goals. The champions-elect have averaged nearly three a game in the Premier League this season, scoring 79 in 27 games. They scored 18 in their last six league games alone and they’ve also netted three goals in both of their previous meetings with Arsenal this season.
The return to fitness of striker Gabriel Jesus only adds to their immense attacking options. City exposed Arsenal’s defensive frailties at Wembley on Sunday and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again. Punters won’t find much value in the over 2.5 goals market but Coral's odds of 5/4 on over 3.5 are worth considering.
The Gunners have also been scoring their fair share of goals recently, particularly at home. In fact, they've found the net at least twice in 11 of their 13 home league matches, scoring 14 goals in the last four. Both teams to score is another football betting market, particularly as City have only kept one clean sheet in their last five league games. 10bet is offering the best odds here at 8/15.
Punters may also want to consider goal markets such as first goalscorer, anytime goalscorer and last goalscorer. City have no shortage of options when it comes to the business of sticking the ball in the back of the net. Their talisman Sergio Aguero scored four in their last Premier League game against Leicester City and has also netted in each of his team’s last four meetings with Arsenal.
He opened the scoring in the EFL Cup final and is 7/2 with a number of online betting sites to do so on Thursday. Fellow striker Gabriel Jesus made his comeback from injury as a substitute in that match and is likely to be given some more minutes here. He's 9/2 with Betfair in the first and last scorer markets or 13/10 to score anytime.
Arsenal’s assets are less appealing. Having lost Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in the January transfer market and with top scorer Alexandre Lacazette sidelined by injury, the obvious candidate is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The deadline day signing bagged a goal in his debut against Everton a month ago, but hasn't scored in his two appearances since.
He can be backed at 11/2 with a number of bookies in the first and last goal scorer markets, while Coral has him at 9/5 for anytime scorer. There are loads of other football betting markets available at Ladbrokes, as well as great promotions for new customers, so get your bets in today!