It may have been a bit more cautious at times than neutrals would’ve liked for it to be, but in the end, that didn’t matter for Manchester City as they beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates to keep their phenomenal run going at the top of the Premier League table.
The winning run continues
Manchester City have won an absolutely insane 18 games in a row in all competitions with even manager Pep Guardiola being stunned by just how consistent they’ve been in recent months. This is a club who seemed to be down and out after just a handful of games this season, but now, they’ve been able to rise up at the clear contenders in three or four different competitions. Fans and pundits are more than welcome to voice their displeasure about them, but nobody can deny the talent they possess throughout the core of their squad.
Arsenal weather the storm
Conceding in the 2nd minute to a Raheem Sterling header that probably should’ve been handled better isn’t the ideal way to kickstart a game against the leaders. However, the Gunners were able to weather the oncoming storm that was brought on by City, limiting them to just one goal. Sure, actually being able to take a point away from the fixture would’ve been the ideal situation, but there are a few factors to take away that could lead manager Mikel Arteta to believe things are slowly trending in the right direction at the Emirates.
Champions in waiting
Right now, Manchester City are the dominant 1/33 favourites to win the Premier League title this season with 888sport – and those odds are actually quite favourable for keen betting fans out there when you look at some of the alternatives around the industry. Their nearest rivals right now are probably Manchester United and Leicester City, and even though both teams have looked good, they don’t look anywhere near consistent enough to cause Pep’s men any kind of sustained worry. This has rapidly turned into a one-team title race and this time around, Liverpool are nowhere to be seen as City prepare to reclaim the throne.
Arsenal: Leno (6.5), Tierney (6.5), Mari (6), Holding (7), Bellerin (6), Xhaka (6), Elneny (6), Saka (6.5), Odegaard (6), Pepe (6), Aubameyang (6), Smith Rowe (6), Ceballos (6), Lacazette (6.5), Luiz (6)
Manchester City: Ederson (6.5), Cancelo (6.5), Stones (7), Dias (7.5), Zinchenko (7), De Bruyne (7), Fernandinho (7.5), Gundogan (6.5), Mahrez (7.5), Silva (6.5), Sterling (8), Jesus (6.5)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Yellow Cards: Bellerin, Xhaka, Silva, Cancelo
Red Cards: N/A
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