The Premier League is back on Wednesday night and all eyes will be on the opening two games. Starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, the standout fixture of the evening comes from the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City host Arsenal. It will be Mikel Arteta’s first game back at the Etihad since leaving his role as assistant manager at City, as he goes head to head against his mentor Pep Guardiola. While City look all but certain to finish second in the Premier League this season, this remains a much bigger game for Arsenal who need three points to keep their slim top four hopes alive.
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Match Result: Arsenal double chance @ 2/1
As previously mentioned, this game is far bigger for the context of Arsenal’s season than it is for Manchester City, who will more than likely achieve a second-placed finish come the end of the season. Despite their struggles against Brentford in a recent friendly, Arsenal do come into this game having not lost a Premier League game in 2020, having already faced Chelsea and Manchester United in the calendar year. The Gunners had also won three on the bounce prior to the break and appeared to be turning a corner under Arteta, and while we don’t feel confident enough to back them to win outright, we do like the price of 2/1 for double chance and the added security that comes with it.
Both Teams To Score @ 8/13
Manchester City have only failed to score once in their last 33 games at home in the Premier League and we are expecting them to net in this game, having already put three goals past Arsenal during their clash at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season. Arsenal meanwhile have a decent record of getting on the scoresheet away at the Etihad Stadium in recent years, having netted in each of their last four visits to City. Both teams to score has also come in from each of the last four games between City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, with the last two games finishing 3-1 to Pep Guardiola’s team. Furthermore, the home side have managed to keep just two clean sheets in their last eight home games in the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang anytime goalscorer @ 7/5
If Arsenal are to have any success on Wednesday evening, they will likely need a strong performance from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 30-year-old has been Arsenal’s standout player this season, having netted 17 goals in 26 appearances in the Premier League so far and is in contention for the Golden Boot. He had also scored three goals in Arsenal’s last three appearances before the season was brought to a momentary end and will be the away side’s biggest threat here.