Will Arsenal Gain Revenge at The Emirates Ahead of a busy Premier League Weekend?
Last weekend was a chastening one for Arsenal fans as they took on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, the first domestic final of the season, but were beaten by Pep Guardiola’s team 3-0 in what was one of the most one-sided finals in many years.
What was particularly galling for most Arsenal fans was the fact that their side never really got going against Manchester City. The first goal they conceded came from a woeful piece of defending from Shkodran Mustafi and after that, Manchester City dominated the game, with Arsenal’s key players lambasted by Sky pundit Gary Neville for their lack of effort, who deemed their performance in the game a “disgrace”.
Indeed, it was a sentiment that was echoed by many Arsenal fans who felt that this was one of their most embarrassing performances for many years and the result has of course heaped more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who is already under fire for overseeing his team dropping into sixth place in the Premier League and seemingly out of the hunt for the Champions League spots.
Plenty of Coral punters were happy that they correctly predicted a City win, with a large number correctly guessing the 3-0 scoreline and as bad as Arsenal were, it should not detract from what was an excellent City performance.
However, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger can bounce back immediately with a chance at revenge over Manchester City in the Premier League. That’s because on Thursday night, the Premier League game between the teams (which was the match that should have been played at the weekend) will be taking place at the Emirates Stadium.
And City may well be wary after the last time this happened to them following their Football League Cup win back in 2016.
Reds Revenge after City Cup Defeat
Back then, City and Liverpool fought out a 1-1 draw at Wembley in the Football League Cup final on the Sunday. The game went to penalties and Willy Caballero, now of Chelsea, proved the hero for City by saving three Liverpool penalties to hand City the trophy.
However, five days later, City travelled to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League with many predicting another City win. However, the opposite proved to be the case as goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino handed Liverpool immediate revenge in the form of a 3-0 home win over City.
Now Arsenal come into the game on Thursday night having just lost a Football League Cup final (renamed the Carabao Cup due to sponsorship) and they too have the chance to exact revenge at home just five days later.
Arsenal v Manchester City – Preview
Arsenal’s situation in the Premier League is now reaching the point of no return. At the moment, the Gunners are lying in sixth place in the table, but are ten points adrift of Tottenham in fourth and eight behind Chelsea who are fifth. The Gunners have lost just one fewer game this season than Burnley (eight) and they still have to play the top two Manchester clubs one more time this season, as well as having tough away trips to Brighton, Leicester, Newcastle, and Huddersfield to negotiate.
For Manchester City, the focus is on maintaining their 16-point lead at the top of the table with another victory here. Pep Guardiola’s men defeated Arsenal 3-1 at home earlier in the season, as well as 3-0 at Wembley at the weekend and their confidence will be sky high.
However, City’s recent away form in all competitions isn’t that impressive. In recent times they have drawn with Crystal Palace, lost to Liverpool, drawn at Burnley and also lost away to Wigan in the FA Cup. Their only away wins in that time have been against Championship opponents Cardiff and Bristol City, as well as FC Basel in the Champions League.
The question is whether Arsenal will raise their game to the level needed to compete with City. Following Sunday, that is a big ask but history has shown that winning a cup five days prior does not necessarily bode well for the cup winner in a rematch.
As such, I’d head on over to Coral Sports now and get on Arsenal to win the game at odds of 13/4 with Coral Sport. The Gunners have nothing left to lose and they know they owe their fans and manager a stellar performance and when this has happened in the past, Arsenal have tended to show their mettle, especially at home.
Premier League Preview – Sat 3rd to Mon 5th March 2018
Matchday 29 of the Premier League will see all ten teams in action from Saturday to Monday with some intriguing matches taking place, including another crucial match up between two top six teams and a fixture that is synonymous with two of the best games in Premier League history.
The full list of fixtures in the Premier League this weekend is as follows (kick off 3pm unless states)
- Burnley v Everton (12.30)
- Leicester City v Bournemouth
- Swansea City v West Ham
- Tottenham v Huddersfield Town
- Southampton v Stoke City
- Watford v West Bromwich Albion
- Liverpool v Newcastle United (5.30)
- Brighton v Arsenal (Sun 1.30)
- Man City v Chelsea (Sun 4.00)
- Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Mon 8.00)
The biggest game of the weekend will come at the Etihad where Manchester City will take on Chelsea in a clash that pits first against fifth in the table. After defeat at Manchester United and a disappointing draw at home to Barcelona, Chelsea badly need a good result here but against a City side that have dropped just two points at home all season long, that is a big ask.
Chelsea will have the advantage of a much longer period to prepare for this game with City playing later on Sunday in the Carabao Cup Final and then having their Premier League match with Arsenal on Thursday. However, even so, with City’s strength of squad and a number of players returning to fitness, it is hard to see past a home win here.
The other big game of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Newcastle. The teams have been involved in some classic games in the past, including two 4-3 wins for the Reds at Anfield that are regularly ranked as some of Sky Sports best ever live games, but in recent times the games have not been quite so action packed. Rafa Benitez is assured of a warm welcome at Anfield but Liverpool desperately need the three points to keep up their challenge to finish second to City.
Why not head on over to Coral now and put on this little fourfold acca bet:-
- Leicester v Bournemouth – Home Win
- Swansea v West Ham – Home Win
- Watford v West Brom – Home Win
- Brighton v Arsenal – Away Win
A £10 bet on this fourfold with Coral would return £176.50, plus you would get a £17.65 free bet as part of Coral’s 4+ Acca Boost promotion.