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Premier League betting tips: 6/1 shot for Arsenal v Man City

Arsenal have led the way in the Premier League title race since matchday three and they can preserve their three-point lead over Manchester City by matching the champions at the Emirates.

The stakes are incredibly high in the capital with City striving to go top, and Arsenal targeting a victory which would see them move six points clear with a game in-hand.

The pair have been the outstanding teams in the top-flight this season, but both have struggled for consistency in recent weeks and they may have to settle for a point when the final whistle blows in north London.

Top tips

Draw @ 5/2

Both teams to score @ 4/6

1-1 Correct score @ 6/1

Bukayo Saka to score anytime @ 10/3

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

WhatArsenal v Manchester City, Premier League
WhereEmirates Stadium, London, England
When19:30, Wednesday 15th February, 2023
How to watchLive on Amazon Prime
OddsArsenal 15/8, Draw 5/2, Manchester City 11/8

Arsenal ready to respond

Questions are being asked of Arsenal's ability to last the course in the title race after they dropped points in consecutive games, losing 1-0 away to Everton and drawing 1-1 at home to Brentford, but the Gunners can steady the ship with a draw at home to City.

Mikel Arteta's side have taken 26 points from a possible 30 at the Emirates and the Gunners can be backed at 15/8 to inflict Manchester City's fifth league defeat of the season.

City were 1-0 winners at home to Arsenal in last month's FA Cup fourth-round tie and are 11/8 to win the second part of their trilogy against the Londoners.

However, they will have to improve on recent away performances after following up a 2-0 loss at Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals with league defeats at Manchester United and Tottenham.

Neither team has been truly convincing in recent weeks and, while both would love to register a victory, they will be fearful of getting beaten.

A point might be a better result for Arsenal than City, but neither side will be prepared to take too many risks if the scores are level with 15 minutes to go and the draw looks a value bet at 5/2.

Confident City can contribute to entertaining fare

City looked much more convincing when winning 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on Sunday and, if they play to a similar level they should at least find the net at the Emirates.

Pep Guardiola has always done things differently to other managers but he has courted criticism with some of his more contentious team selections this season, which have not always delivered positive results.

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The most recent example was the trip to Tottenham when he left out Kevin De Bruyne and watched his team perform poorly in a 1-0 defeat.

De Bruyne returned to the starting eleven for Sunday's home match against Aston Villa, as did experienced trio Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte, and City produced a much-improved performance and result.

City have scored in 11 of their last 12 Premier League matches and it seems likely they will find the net against the Gunners.

However, their high defensive line can leave them open at the back and there should be enough opportunities for Arsenal's pacy attack to punish them.

A goal glut seems unlikely, but there is a strong chance of both teams finding the net.

Saka can help Arsenal extend Emirates unbeaten run

Arsenal approach the match on a 13-game unbeaten run in Premier League home games and can do just enough to avoid defeat against City with the 1-1 correct score, priced up at 6/1, appealing as the most likely outcome.

The Gunners are used to dominating their home matches but they may approach their task a little differently against City, who never seem to take a backward step, irrespective of the opponent.

Bukayo Saka has been their outstanding player this season, contributing seven league goals and eight assists, and he looks an attractive wager at 17/2 to score first and 10/3 to notch anytime.

Brazilian attacker Gabriel Martinelli has been less influential in recent times - failing to score in seven consecutive games - and he makes less appeal at 17/2 quote to score first.

Centre-forward Eddie Nketiah is the shortest priced home player to break the deadlock at 7/1, but he has netted just four times in 19 league appearances.

City are hoping that Erling Haaland can play a full part after a knock forced his half-time withdrawal against Aston Villa.

The Norwegian hasn't scored in three consecutive outings since his hat-trick in the 3-0 victory at home to Wolves, but he is 10/3 to strike the first blow against the Gunners.

Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last eight appearances and is a candidate to take penalties if Haaland is ruled out.

The Algerian is playing with a lot of confidence and is 9/1 to grab the opening goal.

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