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Big Match Breakdown: Arsenal v Man City

Charlie Dear | 12 August 2018

Preview odds and tips for Premier League clash

The Premier League weekend comes to close with a cracker as Arsenal host defending champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium tonight.

City arrive having dispatched of Chelsea in the Community Shield and adding another Premier League winner to their ranks in Riyad Mahrez.

This will be Unai Emery’s first competitive match in charge of Arsenal and he’s strengthened the defensive spine of a team that won only a single away match in 2018.

You can watch the game as part of Sky Sports’ first Super Sunday of the season live on Sky Sports Football from 4:00pm.

Ahead of the big clash, the Coral News Team have all the info you need…

Head-to-Head

It was a case of the City-slickers when Pep Guardiola’s men faced Arsenal last season. City scored three goals in each of the three games they played last year.

This included two 3-0 thrashings in the League Cup and then in the Premier League four days later.

Arsenal last beat the Citizens in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final as Alexis Sanchez notched an extra-time winner.

Likely XIs

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Arsenal may give new-boy Lucas Torreira his debut alongside Granit Xhaka at the base of the midfield.

Aaron Ramsey could start from the bench after recovering from a knee injury. The new signing Mateo Guendouzi should feature after impressing in pre-season.

Bernd Leno has been signed from Bayer Leverkusen and could be the first-choice in goal.

As for Man City, Riyad Mahrez should retain his place with Kevin De Bruyne likely to start on the bench again.

John Stones and Aymeric Laporte may keep their places in the heart of the defence with Benjamin Mendy finally taking his spot on the left of the back four.

Key Battles

Arsenal have started the last two campaign’s with two 4-3 results at home.

They have no shortage of fire-power and with Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up-top the City defence will have to stand firm.

Leroy Sane won Young Player of the Year last campaign and will want to prove his World Cup omission was a mistake.

Sergio Aguero should start instead of Jesus and provide a constant goal-threat to Arsenal’s new-look centre-half pairing.

Bernardo Silva has also looked the heir to ‘David Silva’s throne’ at this season.

Match Odds

Arsenal are 13/5 to open up with a win whilst City are 19/20 to grab the victory.

A point apiece is at 11/4.

Aguero and Aubameyang will be vying for the Golden Boot this season. The Argentine has netted seven goals in 12 games against Arsenal and is 21/2 to score Any time.

The Arsenal forward is 7/5 to net Any time. His strike partner Lacazette is 6/1 to score first.

City may not be at full-strength but are favourites to win the Premier League. They will feel confident ahead of this one and are 15/2 to start with a 2-1 win here.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing