The Premier League’s top two lock horns in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. The league may be the priority for the pair, but both will be desperate for a cup win at the Etihad Stadium.
In this betting preview, we look ahead to the busy Manchester City schedule, take a glance at the current Arsenal standings and give you our soccer betting tips for this FA Cup clash. Also, you will find the latest Manchester City vs Arsenal betting odds.
Last Game Records
The two Premier League title rivals have yet to meet this term. When the duo last squared off in January of last season, City edged a tight game at the Emirates Stadium. Rodri’s injury-time effort won the points for Guardiola’s men.
Man City wiped the floor with Arsenal in the reverse matchup at the Etihad back in August 2021. Granit Xhaka was sent off, and Ferran Torres (2), Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, and Rodri netted in a 5-0 rout.
City have won five in a row against the Gunners. However, Arsenal won the last FA Cup meeting, sealing a 2-0 semi-final victory at Wembley Stadium back in July 2020.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal Information
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Location of the game: Etihad Stadium. Manchester, England.
Date: Friday, January 27. 2:00 PM CT.
How to watch: ESPN+
Manchester City vs. Arsenal Betting Analysis
Man City have a fight on their hands to retain their Premier League trophy this year. City head into this one five points adrift of Arsenal in second, and the Gunners have a game in hand.
Still, the Citizens will not go down without a fight, and many still believe that Guardiola’s men will overhaul the Gunners in the title race. City and Arsenal meet in a crunch match in the Premier League next month.
Since losing the derby to Manchester United, Man City have responded with crucial wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Erling Haaland is back to his best, grabbing another hat-trick in the 3-0 victory over Wolves.
Man City made light work of Graham Potter’s Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup. Riyad Mahrez bagged a brace, and Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden were also on target in the 4-0 romp.
Of course, the Premier League and UEFA Champions League remains the priority for Guardiola, but another run in the FA Cup could aid their other ambitions. City are the odds-on favorites in this one according to the latest Manchester City vs Arsenal betting odds.
Before a ball was kicked this season, not many had Arsenal down as their EPL picks to win the title. However, so far, Arteta has proved everyone wrong, as the Gunners are odds-on to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2004.
The north London side have enjoyed an exceptional season so far. They are riding high at the top of the standings after winning a staggering 16 of their 19 league matches. They have drawn two and lost one of the other three. Along the way, Arteta’s side have scored 45 and shipped just 16.
Since returning from the international break, Arsenal have dropped just two Premier League points. They have beaten West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham, and Man United to cement their place at the top of the table.
In the FA Cup, Arsenal eased past EFL League One outfit Oxford United in round three, with goals from Eddie Nketiah (2) and Mohamed Elneny doing the damage.
Arsenal have a rich history in this competition, winning the FA Cup a record 14 times. Getting their hands on the Premier League trophy is the ultimate goal at the Emirates this season, but the fans would love to see their side lift the FA Cup once again. Below you will find the latest Manchester City vs Arsenal betting odds and best tips.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal Betting Preview
Betting on today’s soccer matches is easy, and there are a whole host of markets available for this mouth-watering matchup in the FA Cup. Being the home side, Man City are the bookies’ favorites at -143.
Arsenal may be flying high at the top of the Premier League table, but the Londoners make the trip to Manchester as the underdogs. Right now, you can get +350 for the away team to get the win at the Etihad.
With the pair so evenly matched on paper, this FA Cup tie could require a replay. The draw is available at the decent soccer betting odds of +320.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal Betting Prediction
Both clubs would have wanted to avoid each other at this stage of the competition, but a fourth-round tie between England’s top two will no doubt excite all soccer fans.
Man City are fancied on home soil, but we are backing in-form Arsenal to get the win at the Etihad and book their place in round five. It could be a thriller, so check out the tempting odds of +1200 for the Arsenal win and over 3.5 goals.
Nketiah has been in great form for the Gunners of late, scoring seven goals in his last seven league and cup outings, including a double in the previous FA Cup round. You can get +400 for Nketiah to score anytime in this one.