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Manchester City vs Arsenal 26/04/2023 – Preview, stats and suggested bets

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Manchester City host Arsenal in a Premier League title-chasing clash at The Etihad on Wednesday looking to close the gap to just two points.

Manchester City vs Arsenal – Wednesday, 8:00pm

Suggested bets

  • Manchester City to beat Arsenal
  • Manchester City vs Arsenal BTTS, no
  • Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

Key Stats

  • Manchester City have won their last seven matches against Arsenal in all competitions
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last eight PL games
  • Manchester City have won their last six PL matches
  • Man City’s last three PL matches has seen both teams scoring
  • Arsenal have drawn their last three games with both teams scoring

Manchester City vs Arsenal – Verdict

These two teams have been first and second for much of the season and they will meet on Wednesday in a game which will go a long way to deciding the title.

City have the upperhand in recent meetings having won the last seven games between the sides, including a 3-1 win at The Emirates earlier in the season and a 1-0 win in the FA Cup.

There is very little to choose between the records of these two sides with Arsenal five points ahead, but City have two games in hand. City do have a better goal difference (+7) having scored one more goal and conceded six fewer than the Gunners. And of late it’s the defensive side of Arsenal’s game which has let them down.

They have not kept a clean sheet since the win at Fulham in March with the following five games seeing both teams score. Their recent 3-3 draw at home to struggling Southampton exposed their defensive frailties – and if there was ever a team to exacerbate a problem then it’s the champions.

Arsenal’s poor defensive record has coincided with William Saliba’s absence due to a back injury and he will miss out once more. That will mean that Rob Holding and Gabriel will have to stop a City forward line that has scored 31 times in their last eight games.

The pair failed to do that in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat in January and Holding was hooked at half-time in a tactical change after being booked. He struggled up against the pace of Erling Haaland and Saliba arrived to steady the ship.

Without the insurance of Saliba’s pace, Arsenal have conceded ground in recent matches. Opta stats show how their defensive line against West Ham recently was nearly three metres deeper compared to their seasonal average. It means they are likely to give City more space to play in and there’s no worse team to do that against than the champions.

Expect City to dominate possession. And the last time anybody shut out City was Spurs in February. The hosts look more than capable of going after an Arsenal team who have been rocking.

A look at the xGA confirms that Arsenal’s defence falls short of City’s. Both teams have an xG of 2.19, but Arsenal’s xGA is 1.19, while City (0.94) are the only side in the league who average less than a goal conceded per game.

It’s those stats and the recent form that points to a home win and with 13 wins from 15 at home, the 8/15 looks worth supporting.

The interesting factor will be whether Arsenal can impose their attacking game on City. Undoubtedly, they have the players to cause City problems and the pace of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will be crucial.

Mikel Arteta may even opt for a defensive style and play on the break against City. They will not be as open as they were in the draw with Saints, but City are expected to get the job done and pile the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table.

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