Arsenal v Manchester City Tips and Betting Offers, FA Cup, Sunday, 23rd April 2017
Both Arsenal and Manchester City are in need of silverware, after disappointing campaigns for both managers. Which boss will take a step towards the trophy with a semi-final victory on Sunday? Arsenal look set to miss out on the Champions League, while ambitions have been dampened since Pep Guardiola’s first season in England took a turn for the worse. It seems like this will be a very close encounter.
Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Tips
Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Offers
- Coral – 20/1 on Any Goal to be Scored in 90 Minutes – New customers only, £1.00 max bet, £5 min deposit, winnings paid in free bets, £5 free bet if you lose – see Coral site for full details
- Betfair – 16/1 Arsenal or 10/1 Man City – £10 max bet, winnings paid in free bets, new customers only, see Betfair site for full details
- 888Sport – Arsenal to win 14/1 OR Man City to win 6/1 – £10 max bet, winnings paid in free bets, new customers only, see 888sport site for full details
Manchester City are 4/5 favourites with Betfair, so they’re widely expected to see this through within 90 minutes. Arsenal are 3/1 with SkyBet to win this match, while the draw is priced at 3/1 with BetVictor. While the bookies are confident that Guardiola’s side will progress, Arsenal did return to winning ways on Monday night.
The Gunners have plenty of experience in this competition, having won it twice since 2014. Many of their players were involved in those triumphs, while they face a City side who struggle to get over the line in big matches. City have won one of their last 10 Premier League matches against the top seven sides. That’s hardly the record of odds on favourites.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have reached this round thanks to a great draw, which has pitted them against non-league opposition in the last two rounds. They’ve won three of their last nine in the league, which has seen them slump down to sixth in the table. We can see a case for either of these two blowing it at Wembley, so we suggest steering clear of the match betting.
There’s plenty of value available on this game, especially when you consider that both have their problems at the back. City’s poor form against top teams is largely down to an inability to keep goals out. Guardiola hasn’t got the resources at the back to organise his defence, despite all the money City have spent. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s defence is so vulnerable that even the league’s lowest scorers, Middlesbrough, found a way through on Monday.
Given their problems, we can see plenty of goals in this clash on Sunday. We’re backing both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Coral. Each side has enough attacking talent to score, while 74% of Arsenal games and 69% of City’s have seen at least three scored.
City should have no trouble scoring, given that their star striker is in fantastic form. Not only has Sergio Aguero hit 11 goals in his last 11 matches for the club, but he’s scored seven times in his last six trips to London. Given that the Argentine is 13/14 with 888Sport to score any time, we think he’s worth backing to get a goal.
If you fancy a bet on the other FA Cup semi this weekend, check out our Chelsea v Spurs offers, tips and preview!