Arsenal and Manchester City face off for this Premier League rescheduled matchday 12 fixture in a huge clash which could have serious repercussions in deciding which team lifts the title. The Gunners have been firing on all cylinders this season, with 16 wins and three draws from their 21 matches for a total of 51 points. They lead second-place Manchester City by only three points following the Citizens win over Aston Villa on the weekend but Arsenal have a game in hand advantage. A win for Mikel Arteta’s young Arsenal side would put them six points clear of the defending champions and with an opportunity to stretch the lead to nine points if all goes according to plan. Arsenal are coming off a 1-1 draw to Brentford on Saturday, a result many Arsenal fans will be frustrated by especially given the apparent missed call on Ivan Toney’s equalizer that should have been ruled for offsides late in the game. The draw now makes it three straight matches without a win across all competitions for Arsenal. The hosts are still unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium in the league however, winning eight and drawing twice in their 10 outings. The Gunners will be out for revenge here after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round following a 1-0 away loss to their opponents today.
Manchester City have a huge opportunity to get themselves right back in the title race with a win here. City blasted three first half goals past Aston Villa at the Etihad on Sunday to ultimately walk away with a 3-1 win, a much needed result following the team’s 1-0 loss against Tottenham the week prior. Manchester City have recorded 15 wins, three draws and four defeats this season while also leading the scoring charts with 56 goals scored in their 22 matches. However, Pep Guardiola’s side have not looked quite right when playing away from the Etihad this season as there is a stark difference between their home and away results. The champions have won just five of their 10 away matches compared to 10 wins from 12 at home but the most concerning difference is their goals output. The Citizens have netted an incredible 41 goals at home in the Premier League, giving them an average of 3.42 goals per game. This total falls to less than half on their travels this season, netting 15 goals in 10 matches for an average of 1.5 per match. Coming up against one of the league’s stingiest defenses, City will have to improve on their attacking efficiency if they are to walk away with the three points here and may be without Erling Haaland.
Manchester City have dominated Arsenal in recent seasons and come into this matchup having won six straight against the North-London side. However, there is a different feel to this Arsenal side this campaign and the hosts have proven themselves against the division’s best teams a number of times already, recording wins against Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. Despite this, Arsenal come into this match as the home underdogs. At this price, we see a decent bit of value in backing the home team with the insurance of a draw returning our stake. Our Arsenal vs Manchester City prediction is Arsenal draw no bet