Arsenal and Manchester City will meet in the first round of the English Premier League this season. This is a match that is undoubtedly the most interesting in this round. Manchester City is again the big favorite for the title, while this match will be the first for Unai Emery as manager of Arsenal. The hopes for the home fans are connected with the latter. Hopes to return the team in the title race or, at least, to the places which give right to participate in the Champions League.
The truth is that Emery has an almost ready-made Arsenal team. The squad clearly has one of the strongest attacks in the League headed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette and backed by Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Only from the former PSG coach depends what he will be able to reach at the end of the season. As for City, in the season in which they have to defend the England’s title is clear that they would not have easy matches. Surely Guardiola knows that and certainly has prepared something to make his players even better. This is why Manchester City is the main favorite for the title according to the bookmakers’, with bet365 giving the odds for winning the championship of only 1.66.
Still, I think City’s first game is not going to be easy. The reason for this is one and it is the World Cup, which was held recently in Russia. If we look at the final match between Arsenal and Manchester City, played on March 1st at Arsenal stadium Emirates, we will see the following two teams. Note which players have played at the World and who have not. The idea is that those who played at the World Cup would be much more tired and at a much earlier stage of their preparation to be able to be 100 percent fit in the first round match.
Arsenal: Čech (not played at the World Cup), Bellerín (not played at the World Cup), Mustafi (not played), Koscielny (injured), Kolašinac (did not play), Xhaka (played four matches), Ramsey (did not play), Welbeck (only minutes recorded), Özil (two rounds), Mkhitaryan(not played), Aubameyang (did not play in the World cup)
The Manchester City team: Ederson (was in the World without registering matches to the quarterfinals), Walker (played to the last matches of the World Cup), Kompani (played to the last matches of the World Cup), Otamendi (played four matches at the World Cup), Danilo (played one match), Silva (World Cup), Gündoğan (World Cup), De Bruyne (played to the last matches of the World Cup), Silva (4 World Cup matches), Aguero (3 World Cup matches) , Sane (does not participate in the World Cup).
Only one Pep Guardiola player was able to make a qualitative preparation for the new season in the English Premier League. It is simply impossible that this does not affect the performance of City players and this should be used by Unai Emery. It is also certain that when the first round of the Premier League was drawn, everyone in Arsenal said they would have no better time to defeat City than that.
Moreover, bookmakers provide a great home-winning odds for this match. 3.50 for Arsenal, which makes it a great offer for a pledged bet in this match. Separately, as an additional argument for this bet – Arsenal does not play so badly against Manchester City at home. In recent years, the balance is equal – two wins for Arsenal, two losses and four draws.
Match Preview – Arsenal victory 2:1. Most justified bet is Arsenal to win with +0.5 on Asian handicap with odds of 1.85.