Despite their defensive issues, Al Hain-Cole is backing Guardiola’s men to prove too strong for a Gunners side led by his former assistant on Saturday
Mikel Arteta served three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad Stadium, collecting two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and two Carabao Cups during that period.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Latest Odds
However, having suffered a 3-0 defeat in his previous visit to this ground as Gunners boss, he is priced at a lengthy 11/2 (6.50) with bet365 to oversee a big win here.
The hosts have taken just one point from their last two league fixtures but remain 4/9 (1.44) favourites to bounce back with a victory in this one.
None of the last eight encounters between this duo have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 4/1 (5.0) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Team News
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are all ruled out, with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne also both doubtful after sustaining injuries during the international break.
Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Shkrodan Mustafi, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli are all injured, while Kieran Tierney is unlikely to feature after being forced into self-isolation and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reiss Nelson will both face fitness tests.
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Despite splashing out on two centre backs this summer, the Citizens have still looked rather shaky in defence so far this campaign – keeping just one clean sheet in five matches and conceding five times in their last home game against Leicester.
While Arsenal will therefore back themselves to at least find the net, it is hard to see them avoiding a fifth consecutive defeat at this stadium considering their own injury problems.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Tips and Predictions
All things considered, odds of 6/4 (2.50) seem generous on City coming out on top, despite failing to keep a clean sheet for their seventh match in eight.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.