Sunday 5th November. 2:15PM. Sky Sports.
After a couple of underwhelming games in recent weeks, Sky Sports are set to deliver a truly incredible Super Sunday this weekend with a mouth-watering double header that pits Manchester against London. While the main course sees Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge, the first course sees two of the league’s most attractive sides renew their rivalry at the Etihad.
With both sides looking to make a big statement, it has all the makings of another thrilling battle between two sides who have produced some memorable encounters in recent years. You wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Can Pep’s ‘Perfect’ City Blow Gunners Away?
Having taken a year to acclimatise to English football, Pep Guardiola now has Manchester City playing a brand of football that many are calling the best in Premier League history. While it might be a little premature to start celebrating them just yet, there’s no doubt that they are great to watch. Perhaps more importantly, though, the Citizens are playing with a killer instinct.
Aside from the record-breaking Sergio Aguero, the Citizens have seen the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling all pose major threats. Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have controlled games with a passing game that has established Pep’s men as the firm title favourites.
Despite winning 14 competitive fixtures on the bounce, including penalties, questions have been asked of their defence. Napoli and West Brom have both hit two past Guardiola’s side within the past 10 days. If they can keep the Gunners at bay, though, there’s every chance that they’ll be set for another three points.
Then again, after a difficult midweek trip to Italy, this certainly has the potential to be one of their toughest tests to date. In truth, though, that will largely depend which Arsenal team turns up.
Wenger Looking To Sanchez For Inspiration
Arsenal were afforded the luxury of resting all their main stars during Thursday’s Europe League draw with Red Star Belgrade, and will have been preparing for Sunday’s clash with great intensity all week. While they do face an uphill task, there is an opportunity for the Gunners to pounce.
Arsene Wenger’s side have been ridiculed but their loss at Watford is the only poor result they’ve suffered since the start of September. Their good form has also included a 5-2 win at Everton and, more impressively, the well-fought stalemate at Stamford Bridge. However, they may need to step it up another notch if they’re to get anything here.
Alexis Sanchez has endured a stuttering couple of months since the summer move to Manchester City broke down, but the Chilean still has the quality to turn it on. With Mesut Ozil providing the ammunition and Alexandre Lacazette looking to prove himself against top opposition, the Gunners could be dangerous.
The absence of Shkodran Mustafi will be a big loss, though. Still, some of Arsenal’s best performances in the past two years have come against City. If they claim another big result here, their bid for top four football will suddenly look far brighter.
Manchester City v Arsenal Betting
With home advantage on their side, it’s unsurprising to learn that Manchester City are odds-on favourites at 2/5 with Ladbrokes. Arsenal, meanwhile, are available at 11/2 and the draw can be backed at 19/5.
Arsenal have adapted well to sacrificing possession to City in recent seasons, showing a level of discipline that is sometimes absent in other games. They also know their own qualities and are more than capable of giving the hosts a really tough test.
Still, it’s hard to see Guardiola’s men struggling for goals. It might take some time to light the fuse. Once the doors open, though, we expect to see bags of action. Back both to score in the second half.
While there are many potential goal scorers on the pitch, it’s City’s record-breaker who stands out as the main danger man. Not least because he has scored memorable goals against Arsenal in the past.
If he gets one with time to spare, there’s every chance he’ll grab a second too.