Our tipster is expecting a glut of goals when Pep Guardiola’s men meet Arsene Wenger’s side in the last four of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon
The FA Cup represents Pep Guardiola’s last chance to secure silverware in his debut season in English football.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss enjoyed a blistering start to his Manchester City career, winning each of his first 10 matches in charge, but Guardiola hasn’t had things entirely his own way since; City crashed out of the last 16 of the Champions League to Monaco last month, while the men from Manchester are also out of the title race.
Arsene Wenger, of course, has spent more than two decades at Arsenal, but the 67-year-old boss knows that victory on Sunday will only go some way to relieving the pressure on him; Arsenal suffered a humiliating 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, while the Gunners are in real danger of missing out on a top four finish for the first time during Wenger’s reign.
For both clubs, this semi-final showdown takes on added significance and it is Manchester City who are dabblebet’s 17/20 (1.85) favourites to win this one. Arsenal can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) to move into their third FA Cup final in four years, with 11/4 (3.75) that the match remains deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes.
Both sides boast an impressive pedigree in the competition, for Arsenal have lost just one of their last 21 FA Cup ties, while the men from Manchester have won each of their last eight FA Cup semi-finals – a sequence of results that stretches back to 1932 – and a defeat against Arsenal.
The most recent meeting between these teams, in north London at the beginning of this month, ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw and there is 10/1 (11.0) that the scoreline is repeated at Wembley, while the 13/10 (2.30) quote for more than three goals to be scored certainly carries plenty of appeal.
City have scored three goals in both of their last two Premier League matches, beating Hull City and Southampton respectively, while Arsenal, too, steadied the ship on the back of a dismal 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace by picking up three precious points against relegation-haunted Middlesbrough on Monday.
There have been at least three goals scored in each of Arsenal’s last eight matches, as well as in five of Manchester City’s last six games, and dabblebet offer 4/7 (1.57) that there are more than two goals scored when the rivalry is renewed.
Furthermore, the odds compilers offer just 1/2 (1.50) that there are goals at both ends – a selection that would have landed in all but one of the last six matches that Guardiola’s charges have contested.
Better value, though, may lie in backing a high-scoring game when these two teams lock horns and dabblebet’s 13/10 (2.30) quote for four or more goals appears to offer good value for punters – the selection would have seen punters profit from three of the last four meetings between the clubs.
Source : Goal.com News – International