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01/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

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01/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Arsenal seek revenge from their League Cup final thrashing when they entertain Manchester City on Thursday.

Last time: Pep Guardiola’s side put Arsenal to the sword at Wembley on Sunday, with an uncharacteristic route one goal from Sergio Aguero kicking off the scoring. With the Gunners looking to get back in the game, Vincent Kompany struck from a corner, before David Silva added a third.

This time: Arsenal are 18/5 to win, Man City 3/4 and a draw is 3/1.

You might remember: A thrilling 6-3 win by City in the Premier League back in 2013. Aguero opened the scoring in what looked like an even match, only for Theo Walcott to equalise. However, the Arsenal man’s goal proved a catalyst for City, who saw Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho score, before Walcott struck again to give Arsene Wenger’s men hope. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, Silva, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure pushed the tie out of his side’s hands, despite an injury time goal from Per Mertesacker.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero kicked off the scoring in the League Cup final, and should lead the line against Arsenal on Thursday

The second of these two sides’ double hitter within four days gives Arsenal a chance to redeem themselves, having put in a torrid performance on Sunday. Manchester City will be flying high and full of confidence after winning their first piece of silverware of the season.

Arsenal are 18/5 to win, and face a real test to pick themselves up after their humiliation on Sunday. Not only were they a shambles in defence, but failed to pose any real threat going forward. Wenger has a lot of experience though, and will hope to use the defeat as motivation for his side.

Man City are 3/4 to get all three points and on the evidence of the weekend fixture, any other result would be a shock. However, with a match against Chelsea on Sunday, and their central midfield lynchpin missing, Guardiola will have to make some changes from his winning side.

A draw is 3/1, which has happened just once in the last six meetings between the clubs. Wenger’s side should be far more aggressive with a point to prove on Thursday so may do a better job at stemming City’s attack.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 9/5 to score on Thursday, despite Arsenal’s record signing being one of the least effective players on the pitch in their last match. Regardless, the Gabon striker has undoubted quality and will still pose a threat.

Aguero is evens to score his second goal in four days against Arsenal. The Argentine has been in fantastic form, and scored four in his last Premier League game.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

The return of Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker is back to full fitness after almost two months out injured, and is looking to get some minutes under his belt. With Aguero unlikely to play the full 90 minutes, Jesus may get his chance on Thursday.

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We fancy:

Over 5.5 Man City corners at 3/5. City had seven corners on Sunday, and will try to play with the same pressing intensity on Thursday.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Mesut Ozil to score first at 14/1. The German midfielder hasn’t enjoyed playing on the wing, and a tactical shake-up may see him resume his preferred role behind the striker.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.