- Manchester City to Win and BTTS - 12/5 at William Hill.
- Sergio Aguero to Score First - 7/2 at Ladbrokes.
Manchester City won the 2017/18 Premier League title by a country mile. Pep Guardiola got things right with his second bite of the cherry to the extent that the Citizens tallied 100 points after going 16-2-1 home and away.
Everything clicked into gear for City, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane exploding into life at various stages of the campaign, while Sergio Aguero, who is 7/2 to score first with Ladbrokes in this match-up, remained a typically reliable source of goals.
Then there was Kevin de Bruyne. The master playmaker who could fashion a chance in the tightest of spots and the scary thing is that the Belgian might not have achieved his very peak.
City Win Looks Likely
To compound their greatness, Pep has splashed £60 million of his club’s money on Riyad Mahrez, a player who has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time although the Algerian clearly felt that City could offer him the opportunity to win plenty of silverware.
Make no mistake about it, this City team will be hungry for more. They travel to the Emirates Stadium looking to make a winning start and the best bookmakers have them as clear favourites to win.
The two teams met three times last season, with Manchester City winning all of the matches and it was an aggregate scoreline of 9-1. The manner in which the visitors ran riot at the Emirates in March was staggering, with the champions three goals to the good by half-time after a virtuoso performance from Sane.
Arsenal Are a Different Beast
Arsenal are a potentially different beast ahead of the new season, with Unai Emery having replaced the long-standing Arsene Wenger and supporters will mainly feel optimistic that the former Paris Saint-Germain manager can make the Gunners into title challengers again.
However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and Arsenal will not find it easy to break back into the Premier League top four which will be the main target this season.
The North London side finished the previous season on 63 points which wasn’t even in the same postcode as their rivals Tottenham Hotspur who finished fourteen points better off. As for City, they were a mammoth thirty-seven points superior, and will surely be the subject of many free bets this season.
Emery’s Signings Could Pay Off
Arsenal do have a strong squad and Emery has splashed around £70 million on new signings such as Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The former looked good for Uruguay at the World Cup and could be the henchman that this team needs after proving defensively weak for too long.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette also look like the sort of forwards that can deliver on the goal front and it would be no surprise to see this match produce several goals, with Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil likely to operate in front of Torreira.
Emery will feel as though his team need to express themselves against the champions considering how difficult it will be sitting deep and trying to absorb the relentless pressure as Pep’s team pour forward in numbers and utilise the full-backs accordingly.
Arsenal will try to press high up the pitch although adapting to a manager’s new methods after so long with Wenger isn’t going to be a short-term achievement and we’re happy to back City to come away with the points off the back of a highly entertaining match. However to extrapolate some value from the odds, let’s consider both teams to score and City to win.