Once the pandemic hit and soccer leagues across the world began to shut down, fans began to divide themselves into two distinct categories. There were some who wanted to see all the leagues cancelled, which eventually happened in France and Scotland, while others called for the leagues to return as soon as possible. For fans of the English Premier League, it is the latter group who are seeing their wish come true, as the EPL will get back to business on Wednesday, June 17. Let’s get into action and have a look at one of the upcoming matches so you can place your bets against their Premier League odds.
Premier League Arsenal Vs Man City Game Info
The goal is to finish things up as quickly as possible, which means that we are going to be seeing games every single day until the season is over. Best of all, no two games will be played at the same time, so you won’t need to try and figure out what games to watch and wager on. The first game back will see Aston Villa and Sheffield United go head to head, which will be followed by a very good looking matchup between Manchester City and Arsenal. City have dominated this fixture in recent seasons and come into this game favored by 1 ½. The goal total for this one is set at 3 ½.
Why bet on Manchester City
It is going to be very interesting to see how teams deal with this return, especially with Liverpool just a couple of points away from clinching the title. Manchester City are sitting in second, which would normally mean a guaranteed Champions League spot. UEFA, though, have banned City from the competition for 2 years, and while the decision is currently in the appeals process, this season could prove to be for nothing. As it stands now, Manchester City have a 18-3-7, which leaves them 15 points off the staggering pace being set by league leaders Liverpool. As you might well expect, City have been dominant at the Etihad, going 9-2-2 on the season, scoring 33 goals versus just 12 surrendered. They beat Arsenal 3-0 there on their last visit.
Why bet on Arsenal
Over the past few seasons, Arsenal have slowly slipped from being a title contender to a point where they are struggling to even stay in the race for European spots. When the season was suspended, Arsenal found themselves down in 9th, 5 points back of the Europa League spot, which is currently being held by Manchester United. Oddly enough, the Gunners have 1 less loss than City on the season, but it has been their 13 draws that have left them adrift of the top. 8 of those draws have come on the road, where they are 2-8-3 on the season, scoring 14 and surrendering 16. In their last 6 meetings with Manchester City, Arsenal have been outscored 17-2.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
One thing to remember here is that Arsenal have been better offensively under Mikael Arteta, scoring at least once in 14 of his 15 games in charge. That said, they have had zero joy against City in recent seasons, so it’s hard to see them getting anything out of this.
Pick: Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1