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Manchester City will travel to London to take on Arsenal for its first league game of the New Year in the ongoing Premier League Season.
The visitors have been spectacular this season, sitting comfortably at the number 1 place in the table, with 50 points. They have a lead of 8 points on the second-placed Chelsea. The team has lost just two out of its 19 outings this season, and have won 15 games, and are on a winning streak for the last 10 games, with the previous loss coming against Crystal Palace on 30th October. Before going to this game, The Citizens faced the minnows Brentford, a game they won 1-0.
The Gunners are at the 4th with 35 points and will be looking to capitalize on the home advantage to secure 3 important points to better cement its position in the top 4. Their lead over 5th placed West Ham is just 4 points, and a win will give the team a much-needed cushion.
Match prediction and betting tips for Arsenal vs Manchester City Premier League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Emirates Stadium, London, on the 1st of January 2022.
Reigning champions Manchester City has been an unstoppable force this season and has carried itself with panache in both, home as well as away games. Pep Guardiola has turned the team into a goal-scoring machine, with 51 goals in 20 games it has played so far. In fact, in the last 4 games alone, the Citizens have scored 18 goals and conceded just 3.
As for Arsenal, the team had a horrible start to the season, losing its first three games, including a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City in its away fixture. The Gunners will be looking to turn the tables around this time.
Pep Guardiola is expected to retain the same playing eleven that survived a spirited fightback from Leicester, and expect to put up a winning show. On the other hand, Arsenal has a well-rested team after its previous fixture against the Wolves was postponed. A change in CoViD isolation protocols, as well as announcements regarding AFCON, means that the team management can expect to field a near-full strength team on Saturday, including Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny, as well as Calum Chambers.
However, coach Mikel Arteta will be missing the game after testing positive for CoViD for the second time since helming Arsenal. In his absence, the team will most likely be managed by his deputies, Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round.
In spite of fielding a full-strength team, and playing with the home advantage, it seems unlikely that Arsenal can avenge the loss they suffered at the beginning of the season. Arsenal is a young and talented team that is developing while Manchester City is at the height of its powers led by a brilliant manager.
Bet on a Manchester City win.
Only one team has scored in four out of the previous five matches between Manchester City and Arsenal. Also, we think the offense of Manchester City is so good that it can sometimes take away from the fact that its defense is also one of the best in the Premier League. We are very happy to take the odds on offer for this match.