Arsenal vs Man City: top 5 bets
Frank Monkhouse | 23 April 2017
Spin through the stats for Sunday’s blockbuster
Coral traders have Man City as 2/1 favourites to lift the FA Cup, but to achieve that they must first come through Sunday’s semi-final decider with Arsenal at Wembley. Armchair fans can keep tabs on the action live on BT Sport from 3.00pm, and we ensure you can add further excitement to the occasion with a winning bet.
Click now to have your say on Arsenal vs Man City, or read on as we trawl through the stats to dig-up the top five bets of the match, with odds to suit every pocket…..
Both teams to score @ 1/2
Anything can happen in the FA Cup, that’s why football fans love it, but one thing that looks guaranteed on Sunday is we should be in for a competitive encounter. The previous two league meetings between these sides this season have ended in a 2-1 win for City at the Etihad and a 2-2 draw in London earlier this month. A bet on both teams to find the net would’ve seen you collect before half-time in that recent clash at the Emirates. Both have scored in each of the last four involving these sides, and the same looks worth an interest again at 1/2.
Arsenal to win @ 3/1
Incredibly, Sunday’s match will be only the fourth meeting between these rivals in the FA Cup. The last was back in 1971, The Gunners clinching a 2-1 cheer, but they have won each of the last two games vs City in this format. That may just be enough to tempt punters into an interest on the bigger price here, and Coral will gift you 3/1 on Arsene Wenger finally giving fans something to cheer this season. With a top-four finish looking beyond them, the FA Cup rates as their only chance to salvage something from the campaign.
Walcott to score first @ 8/1
Theo Walcott has netted two goals already this month, including one against City three weeks ago. The Englishman has, in fact, scored in each of his last two vs The Citizens, and Wenger will be looking for him to continue that trend on Sunday. He kept his cool to open the scoring at the Etihad back in December with just five-minutes on the clock, a strike that was answered by Sane and Sterling to turn the game on its head. Followers of the stats will remind us that Theo has scored the first goal in two of the last four renewals.
Over 3.5 goals @ 13/10
Tensions may be running high on Sunday, with a place in the final at stake, but the stats tell us this will be a high-scoring game. Seven of the last 10 meetings has seen three or more goals scored, and when breaking that down in to an average we are left with 3.6 goals per game. This one keeping pace and giving us over 3.5 makes plenty of appeal at 13/10. Arsenal scored five in the last round, although that was against Lincoln.
Arsenal -1 handicap @ 8/1
OK, so this one may be for the dyed-in-wool Gunners out there, but Arsenal did stroll to a 3-0 verdict when last facing-off against Man City on the Wembley turf. That match took place in the 2014 Community Shield, with goals from Cazorla, Ramsey and Giroud. What Arsenal’s suffering fans wouldn’t do for a repeat on Sunday. Is it worth a play for small stakes?