Man City v Arsenal Odds: Compare prices for shots on target and other markets ahead of Saturday's game
Arsenal’s 6-0 League Cup victory over West Brom on Wednesday was their biggest away win in any competition since a 6-0 win over QPR in the FA Cup in January 2001 under Arsene Wenger.
Despite things looking marginally better for the Gunners than they did at the start of the week, Mikel Arteta’s side are up against it with a trip to the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime. Arsenal have lost both of their league games so far and with City putting five past Norwich last weekend, they may struggle once again.
Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Arsenal in all competitions and we’ve taken a look ahead to the weekend casting our eye over the Man City v Arsenal odds from some of the most popular markets. We’ve also included some key stats that will hopefully lead to some profitable punting.
There’s no denying that these two clubs are poles apart at the moment in where they want to be, but Arsenal’s price of 12/1 is the biggest they have been to win a match in the Premier League era.
Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Arsenal in all competitions and are priced at just 1/4 to extend that run. Pep Guardiola’s side have also been winning at both half time and full time in nine of their last 11 matches against the Gunners in all competitions.
The draw is currently being offered at 11/2, however City have won five on the bounce against Arsenal in the Premier League at the Etihad. Mikel Arteta is currently odds-on with BetVictor at 8/11 to be the first manager to leave this season heading into Saturday’s encounter.
Player Shots on Target
Jack Grealish has seen his prices cut drastically in the shots on target market since making the switch to Manchester City from Aston Villa. Grealish has registered one shot on target in each of his two league appearances so far for City and is best-priced at 4/7 with William Hill to record one against Arsenal.
More optimistic punters may be surprised to hear that Grealish has not registered more than one shot on target in a Premier League game since Gameweek 20 last season with he hit three away at Burnley for Dean Smith’s Villa.
Player to be carded
Martin Atkinson will be the referee in charge on Saturday and has given out five yellows across the two games he has taken control of so far this term. Last season Atkinson averaged 2.38 yellows per game which was the 15th lowest of the 19 that took charge in the 2020/2021 campaign.
Granit Xhaka has picked up 37 yellow cards over the last four seasons before this one and is yet to be shown one this term. 9/4 is currently the best price on offer from Paddy Power for the Swiss International to find his way into the book on Sunday.
Waiting until team news is released can often bring opportunities in the betting markets and punters may want to see who may be marking Jack Grealish should he start at the Etihad. The 25-year-old was by far the most fouled player in the division last season drawing 4.2 per game and can often by a nice route in when choosing your players to be carded.
Pep Guardiola is notorious for being unpredictable when it comes to his starting XI and that makes life even harder at this time of the season for FPL managers. Gabriel Jesus provided two assists in the win over Norwich and is one to keep an eye on in that market however we think he’ll make way for Raheem Sterling this weekend.
Sterling can currently be backed at 7/5 to get on the scoresheet this weekend with BetVictor, with the 26-year-old only having scored more goals in his career against Watford and Bournemouth. With eight goals in 18 appearances against the Gunners, they have certainly been one his favourite opponents and after his goal last week he can find the net again.
The creative players on show at Manchester City are as good as anywhere in the world and in Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish they have three of the best. With De Bruyne still not at 100% fitness and with Foden sidelined Jack Grealish looks a reasonable proposition to register an assist against Arsenal.
Last season Grealish registered 10 assists in 24 starts for Villa and is yet to provide one for City. There’s a good chance that the floodgates could open should Arsenal concede early and after averaging 3.1 key passes per game last season can open his account. The 25-year-old is currently an industry top-price at 7/4 with William Hill to record an assist anytime in the game that can be seen live on BT Sport at 12:30pm Saturday.
If you are having a bet this weekend, please do so responsibly.