Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Preview – FA Cup 23rd April 2.00pm
With the Gunners struggling to make it into the top four in the Premier League this season, they will be targeting the FA Cup hard to put a bit of gloss on what has otherwise been a very difficult season for them. Going equally hard will be City as Pep Guardiola will want to try and close in on his first piece of silverware in England. This should be a wide open and entertaining fixture with the winner playing either Spurs or Chelsea in the Final.
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Arsenal v Manchester City FA Cup Betting Tips
This is an important game for both of these because the FA Cup represents the last chance of getting some silverware in the cabinet this season. Arsenal are struggling to make it into the top four of the Premier League this season which would be costly for them. So the big question is, will Arsene Wenger sacrifice this game to go hard in the final league games? It has to be tempting. Arsenal have gone W3 D1 L2 in their last six games and they have failed to be Manchester City in any of the last three meetings too. The Gunners took a 2-2 home draw against the Citizens this season in the league but lost at the Etihad against them. But looking at the bigger picture in the head to head, the Gunners have lost just one of their last eight played against Man City in all competitions (W3 D4). This one to go over 2.5 goals at SkyBet is a price of 8/11 and that has happened in six of the last seven clashes between these two.
In each of the last six meetings between Man City and Arsenal, either one or both has scored exactly two goals. In the Sky Bet Correct Score market, there is a quote of 15/2 on a Man City 2-1 and 10/1 on a City 2-0. An Arsenal 2-1 score is a big 12/1 price. You would have to put some money on both teams scoring in this one which is a price of 4/9 because neither have a particularly stable defence. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine clashes between the two clubs. There’s very little FA Cup history between them as Arsenal hold a W2 L1 record against City in the competition with no drawn games. In the anytime goalscorer market, the Gunners have Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both at a price of 7/4 to get on the scoresheet. What will Wenger do?
Manchester City have been a bit hit and miss with just a W2 D2 L2 record in all competitions recently and that run of games includes their 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League. They had started to look a little more defensively sound but that has fallen apart again as they have picked up only one clean sheet in their last six games played. They have been scoring well enough though lately and have rattled off six goals in their last two games played. Sergio Aguero is an 8/11 option for this one with the impressive Leroy Sane at 8/5. Manchester City have had a good FA Cup run this season with fifteen goals scored in five games, getting past three fellow Premier League sides and Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield as well. As for Arsenal, they have beaten non-league opposition in the last two rounds. Can Pep Guardiola get a step closer to his first piece of English silverware?
Arsenal v Manchester City FA Cup Betting Odds
Man City 4/5, Draw 11/4, Arsenal 3/1
Arsenal v Manchester City FA Cup Predictions
Man City To Win: The Citizens have to be in the driving seat for this fixture. They have the extra touch of scoring power that should get them to the final and Arsenal’s back line is unlikely to hold out. Man City to win and both teams to score.