Arsenal vs Manchester City
Arsenal host Man. City in the opening game for both teams in England Premier League 2018/19.
Wenger's era is finally over and Unai Emery took over Arsenal. He will need time to adapt to this league, because he has never managed an England team. Even manager like Guardiola needed some time to start with the positive, even impressive results. So, Unai Emery and Arsenal have maybe the worst opponent to start with- the reigning champion Man. CIty.
Scoring goals was such a pleasure for the guests during the last season and this season they are expected to defend their title as well. Guardiola is expected to give longer time for resting to some of his main players like David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, etc, but it's still not sure what will be his starting line-up. When you also have players like Mahrez, Bernardo Silva or Leroy Sane in your squad you don't have to think a lot who can replace them for one/two rounds in the start of Premier league. Man. City made their first official match against Chelsea in Community Shield, winning the game 2:0 after two goals by Aguero. They performed very well, creating a lot of goal chances and deserved the trophy. Danilo and Mangala are the players who will miss the match for sure.
Arsenal played a lot of friendlies, since they don't have any official matches in England or in the European competitions. Their results were very good, but I always don't take them too seriously, because most of the teams make so many changes and experiments during this kind of games, so they are not useful at all before official matches. Arsenal didn't changed their team with a lot of new players- from the new signings I really like only one player and it's Lucas Torreira, who is expected to start today. The other new in the club don't impress me too much- Bernd Leno, Lichsteiner and Sokratis. All of them played for a long time in Germany of Italy, so they will need time to adapt to the new league, because Premier league is very different from Bundesliga for example. Koscielny and Kolasinac will miss the match for sure, while Ramsey and Monreal are doubtful.
Goals are highly expected here, maybe BTTS, but England is a gambling country and I will not be surprised if somehow happens here one of the teams to have a clean sheet or under 2.5 goals. The chances are small for such an outcome, but you never know. I think City will try to dominate in this match as well and will take 3 points in the start of the league. Guardiola is just too deep in Premier league yet and it is highly expected to reflect against a team with new manager, who still has nothing in common with managing an England team. When we add the fact Man.City beat Arsenal thre times during the last season with 3:0 at Emirates and Wembley, and 3:1 at Etihad, the away win is very tempting here!
Arsenal vs Manchester City prediction
|Manchester City||Bet365||1.83||9||0-2 WON (+7.47 units)|