Two top-tier English football teams go head to head this weekend at the Etihad Stadium. The 2020-21 English Premier League winners take on Arsenal in front of their home crowd to kick off Matchday 3. Mikel Arteta and his squad are yet to find a win in their 2021-22 campaign, following a first game loss to Brentford and the most recent one in the hands of Chelsea. Meanwhile, the hosts recently bounced back from their opening loss to Tottenham and took down Norwich City 5-0.
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Arsenal vs. Manchester City 2021 EPL Game Info
- When: Saturday, August 28, 2021, 7:30 AM ET
- Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: BBC Radio 5 live
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
- Soccer Odds: Manchester City (-455) / Arsenal (+1102) / Draw (+501)
Why is Arsenal a safe bet to win?
Arsenal are struggling to find their footing so far this season. At the time of this writing, the team sits within the relegation zone after two straight losses. We haven’t seen the familiar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette tandem light up the pitch this season. Willian, who was acquired last season, is on the ropes and looking for a move. Meanwhile, Ben White is out of commission after suffering an injury.
In their most recent game against Chelsea, the Gunners were rarely seen on the ball, holding onto 35% of the possession throughout the game. Scoring opportunities were held back to 6 shots and 3 shots on target in the entire 90 minutes, as the Blues bombed Arsenal’s goal with 22 shots and 5 shots on target. Frustration got the best of the team as they committed 10 fouls and recorded 3 yellow cards.
They also failed to capitalize on set pieces despite having 9 corner kick opportunities. Ultimately, an impending overhaul should take care of Arsenal’s issues, but unless Arteta picks himself up right away, they will continue to play under tremendous pressure.
Why is Manchester City a safe bet to win?
On the other hand, Manchester City quickly recovered from their opening defeat and dealt with Norwich City With ease. The game showcased their club record, and British-record signing, Jack Grealish. He brings incredible electricity to the team and gives the midfield more firepower.
Pep Guardiola keeps working his magic, and we anticipate another incredible season shaping up for City. Kevin de Bruyne is firing on all cylinders, but Phil Foden is likely to miss the game due to a foot injury. All in all, the team looks healthy and is ready to put on a show this weekend.
Looking at City’s last game, they controlled the entire game with 67% of possession. It was classic Pep as they recorded 730 passes and a 93% pass accuracy. The offense was on a roll as well as they put down a total of 16 shots and 4 shots on target. Despite committing 6 more fouls than their opponents, they only managed to get a yellow card in the game.
It was Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul who gave City their first score in an own goal. Jack Grealish scored his first goal in the Sky Blue’s jersey in the 22nd minute. The second half saw another relentless frontline as Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez made their way to the scoresheet.
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- Riyad Mahrez
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Arsenal vs. Manchester City 2021 EPL Betting Trends
- Arsenal are 0-4-1 in their last 5 games.
- Arsenal conceded 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 games.
- Arsenal were held back to 0 goals in 3 of their last 5 games.
- Manchester City is 3-2 in their last 5 games.
- Manchester City scored 4 goals or more in 3 of their last 5 games.
- Manchester City conceded at least 1 goal in 3 of their last 5 games.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Betting Prediction
The Gunners have a lot on their plate now, and facing a loud Manchester City crowd is only the tip of the iceberg here. If they don’t act quickly and Arteta fails to deliver, we might see a major overhaul coming soon for this team. Although they enter the game as underdogs, a glimmer of hope remains in Granit Xhaka and the rest of the youngsters start to gain more traction, while Aubameyang gives that intimidating unpredictability. Over on City’s side, we see a solid team that can walk over any team on their best days. But if they let their guards down, Arsenal can cover the spread and even end the match with a deadlock.
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