MAN CITY will face Arsenal on Saturday. Jack Wright ( @ JackWright_BSB ) is ready to preview the match.
Manchester City vs Arsenal | Saturday 28 August 2021, 02:30 pm | Sky sports
Manchester City kicked off their EPL 2021/22 home campaign just like they ended their title with a win last season - picking up where they left off with a crushing 5-0 win - replacing Everton with a fresh promotion. Norwich, whom they allowed only five touches within their own penalty area and one attempt to score a goal off target
They welcome the Arsenal team, which they have beaten in their last five visits to Etihad from their last 11 face-to-face in all competitions.
The Gunners' season couldn't get off to a worse start, not so much because they suffered zero defeats in a row - including against newly promoted Brentford, which would have been more of a concern because of the losses they saw being bullied as championship playoff winners and Romelu Lukaku, who inspired Chelsea at Emirates.
Last season, Mikel Arteta's team actually won more points (47) from Christmas than any other team besides their opponents. here (80) winning 14 by drawing five and losing 5 of his 24 - certainly gives fans hope that the credibility of the process will pay off.
However, in the early stages of the new campaign, Arsenal returned to type, despite their summer window costs of around £ 130 with their 4.2 xGA deteriorating on only one side that is currently lower in the league, Norwich, at the time. while only four clubs have a worse xG than their 1.83 - by comparison, Pep Guardiola's people have xG 4.6 and xGA 1.4.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back this midweek to plunder a confidence-boosting hat-trick against West Brom in the EFL Cup - although Baggy's very young squad and his team hold on to whatever positives they can as they strive to stave off a ninth straight loss in Nuclear submarine. at Manchester City, making him the longest run against any club.
We certainly shouldn't expect this City team to try to intimidate their path to beating Arsenal, but instead a whole host of other problems will arise, despite this week's news confirming that Harry Kane will not be one of the them
All of this means City will have to be content with a squad that won the title 14 points last season, some 25 ahead of Arsenal with 83 goals, Ferran Torres and oh yeah ... £ 100 new boy Jack Grealish. / 5 wins, Manchester City, as always, turned out to be a kind of puzzle to side with - however I think I found a way and with much more acceptable odds of 10/11.
In the last 24 competitive matches, the first half goal has been scored between the two sides. in an incredible 23 with the Nationals winning at halftime and full in nine of the last 12, given that there were 2-0 at halftime last weekend and Arsenal were behind after 45 minutes in both matches. looks amazing with Mansion Bet - many other firms have slightly lower prices but still play at 5/6 or higher.
Manchester City has a full week off and Pep's training time isn't strong enough with Arsenal's squad playing late Wednesday night, having a very quick shift to wrap up their lunch date in the Northwest.
In order to offer more piquant odds, I researched various player markets, and in particular, a couple caught my attention.
Three out of five goals in Norwich's annihilation last week were nearly identical
Rather than pushing high and wide to the last third, Kyle Walker played in a slightly deeper and narrower position, allowing Gabriel Jesus to offer width to all but three right-backs 25 passes to the Brazilian from inside to outside, leading directly to the second goal (Grilish) and the fourth (Sterling), with Jesus also clinging to him. Rodri's transfer to Norwich's own goal cross to open the score
One day later, Arsenal's defeat came from the same area of the pitch, their left-back position with both goals came when Rhys James gained Emirates freedom to first move the cross line to transform Lukaku and then add a second himself. rifling past exposed Bernd Leno.
See Gabriel Jesus being rated 4/1 s Betfair to demand another transfer looks incredibly profitable, and it's a bet I can't help but notice.
Finally, last week, one of Manchester City's other goals was scored from around the corner after what resembled a Canary Islands defense very similar to Arsenal - in which case Emeric Laporte was the beneficiary.
People are asking what Jack Grealish will add to Guardiola's already daunting array of talents - well, without ignoring a little question 22 Direct goals for Aston Villa last season, as you know, 25 - the year old was the most folded - a player in the league last season, having amassed a whopping 110 fouls in his 26 games.
Given the chaotic nature of the Gunners defending against various Bees set pieces on opening night, it is possible that here we see the home team more prepared to throw their wide free kicks and corners right into the box for play. like Laporte and Ruben Diaz to attack. Considering that Laporte found the net as a result of his two attempts to score a goal against the Canary Islands, I make two attempts: first, the tricky part is the second assumption that Pep will include him in the starting lineup, and secondly, the fact that he again gets into the protocol, but the chances are 11/1 s Unibet (any book about Cambi) I think this is a game worth going for.
Manchester City vs Arsenal - Manchester City / Manchester City (12/12 Mansion Bet)
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Manchester City v Arsenal v Aymeric Laporte will score anytime (12/1 Unibet )
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