Arsenal vs Manchester City Premier League Matchup Odds Guide, Preview, Predictions, Betting Picks: Clash of the Weekend

Martin OdegaardOn Sunday (11.30am ET; 4.30pm BST), last season’s Premier League champions travel to face the team that led the table for much of the campaign. Arsenal offered the only real challenge to Manchester City, and both teams have started positively once again.

The Gunners remain unbeaten after five league matches and, while City went down to a surprise defeat at Wolves last weekend, Pep Guardiola’s men still lead the way at the top. Read on for our analysis, preview, predictions and betting tips for this EPL match.

It is rare to see Manchester City carrying odds against figures in any match result market, and that underlines the size of their task this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s men remain favourites with most USA online sportsbooks offering 11/8 on the away win. Victory for Arsenal is next at best industry odds of 2/1, while the draw completes the match market at a top price of 5/2.

From those first seven league games, MCFC followed up six straight wins, with that defeat at Wolves last time out. Arsenal have five wins and two draws, which leaves them one point behind Sunday’s opponents.

Both teams were in Champions League action in the week. Arsenal lost 2-1 away to Lens, while Manchester City beat RB Leipzig by three goals to one in Germany. A busy workload can affect results, but both have experienced a crowded schedule.

Before we come to a betting picks verdict, let’s take a look at the players who can decide the outcome of this contest. In the first goalscorer betting, Erling Haaland leads the way, and the Norwegian is available at best odds of 4/1 to find the net first. City’s back up striker Julian Alvarez is next at 7/1, while Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus is just behind at 15/2.

Those who are looking to get behind Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka will need to be wary. The England international is quoted at 17/2, and he has four league goals already this season, but there is a question mark after he picked up a knock in midweek. Other players listed towards the top of the first goalscorer markets include Eddie Nketiah at 8/1, Martin Odegaard at 10/1, Phil Foden at 10/1 and Jack Grealish at 16/1.

In other side bets, you can claim Both Teams to Score at best industry odds of 4/6. If you prefer to take the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this can be backed at a top price of 13/10.

Our next side market takes in Total Goals betting, and a stake Over the 2.5 line will attract odds of 4/5 in most places. If you’re happy to push that one step higher, Over 3.5 Goals is currently available at 2/1. The bookies clearly feel that there will be a few goals in this one but, if you disagree, you could switch to Under 2.5 goals at a top price of 11/10.

For the correct score suggestions, the markets that we have looked at so far hint at a high scoring game, so you could opt for Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1 at best odds of 20/1. The same outcome in favour of Arsenal is available at a top price of 20/1, while the 2-2 draw can be claimed at a best of 12/1.

Our Preview’s AFC vs MCFC Predictions & Picks Conclusion

Arsenal provided the only genuine title challenge to Manchester City last season. The Gunners led for much of the campaign, but fell away late on to concede the championship by five points. The head-to-head results from 2022/23 show that City claimed all six points, and they won those games by wide margins. Pep’s men won 4-1 at home and 3-1 away at The Emirates. Those are impressive margins, but few would expect Manchester City to enjoy the same dominance this time.

Much could depend on the fitness of Bukayo Saka and, two days out from this game, the news isn’t positive. The forward has been struggling with a niggle in recent matches, and could have been rested for the midweek Champions League encounter.

Manchester City have a long-term injury concern of their own as Kevin de Bruyne continues to miss out. They have been strong in the Belgian’s absence, but the Premier League champions are prone to the occasional surprise result as they proved last week at Wolves.

This preview is edging towards a share of the points in this contest, but will confirm two side bets as our picks. Over 3.5 goals looks a solid selection, and it would have dropped in for both of last season’s games between these two.

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard is our selection for an anytime goal. The midfielder has four goals in nine domestic games already this season, and was also on target for Norway last month. So the betting picks and predictions for this EPL preview are:

  • Over 3.5 goals at best odds of +200 (2/1) with BetOnline.
  • Martin Odegaard to score at any time at a biggest price of +350 (7/2) with BetOnline.