Kick-off: 1945, 18/07/2020
TV: BT Sport
Arsenal have an awful record against Manchester City and are not expected to buck a trend of seven straight defeats in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
The Blues have prevailed by at least two clear goals in all of those matches, including a couple of 3-0 Premier League victories this term.
We’re snapping up 83/100 for Pep Guardiola’s side giving one start on the handicap list here as our opening Arsenal vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal do have the record for most FA Cup triumphs, having lifted this trophy for the 13th time in 2017, so Wembley will at least hold no fears for them.
They did also beat City 2-1 in extra-time at this stage that season, but have been outclassed by the Blues ever since, going down by an aggregate score of 20-2 in those seven subsequent meetings.
Wednesday’s league win over Liverpool will be portrayed as a boost to morale, but the Gunners were more than a little flattered by that 2-1 success.
All credit to Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson for capitalising on defensive blunders, as Arsenal bounced back from Sadio Mane’s opener.
However, Mikel Arteta’s men were outplayed for most of that contest, having only 31 per cent of possession and firing in just three attempts on goal, compared to 24 from the newly-crowned champions.
“You only need to look at the difference between the two teams, the gap is enormous,” admitted Arteta.
“But the energy, commitment and fight between the two teams is equal.
“In terms of energy and happiness before a semi-final, it was the best medicine,” he added. “We had a bit of luck but the belief was good.”
A previous 2-1 loss to Tottenham again highlighted how far short of top quality Arsenal, though, are and we’re happy to oppose them here.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Man City odds, there is plenty of appeal in 17/10 for the Blues to win both halves.
Last Arsenal line-up: Martinez, Tierney, Holding, Soares, Luiz, Torreira, Xhaka, Lacazette, Pepe, Nelson, Saka.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City are eyeing a fourth straight domestic cup triumph, having enjoyed a couple of EFL Cup victories alongside last year’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford in the final of this event.
The Blues have been below par in the Premier League this term, losing on nine occasions, but a recent 4-0 romp against Liverpool showed the talent remains.
Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth was a sloppy affair, but Guardiola had the luxury of completely resting Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, as well as only bringing Raheem Sterling off the bench.
“They played really well, we could not control them,” said Guardiola. “We struggled and their high pressing was so good, so it was a difficult game.”
The big guns will be back refreshed for this clash, though, and a hunger to collect more and more silverware should ensure City are fully focused and fired up.
We’re adding 33/4 for the Blues to oblige 3-0 against the Gunners for the fifth time in seven meetings to our Arsenal vs Man City betting tips.
For those wanting a first goalscorer punt, 7/2 for Gabriel Jesus gets the nod.
The Brazil striker netted in last year’s semi and final and goes into this game in good heart after scoring in three consecutive league fixtures.
Last City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Mendy, Otamendi, Gundogan, B Silva, D Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Jesus.
ARSENAL 2-1 Liverpool – Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson
MAN CITY 2-1 Bournemouth – David Silva, Gabriel Jesus
Head-to-head: Man City 3-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-3 Man City, Man City 3-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-2 Man City, Arsenal 0-3 Man City, Arsenal 0-3 Man City
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