Man City vs Arsenal – Carabao Cup Final Betting Tips

Carabao Cup Trophy

Pep Guardiola kept telling us that it was impossible for Manchester City to win all four competitions they were entered in this season. He was proven right on Monday night but even the great man himself could not have predicted that it would be Wigan who ended the Citizens’ chances of unprecedented success.

The Citizens were certainly a little unlucky to crash out of the FA Cup at the DW Stadium but they cannot afford to waste any time feeling sorry for themselves. As fate would have it, City’s very next match is the Carabao Cup final.

Sunday’s game offers Guardiola the chance to get his hands on his first bit of silverware in English football but he knows it will be far from easy against an Arsenal team who have a formidable record at Wembley Stadium.

Despite all their problems in recent years, Arsenal have won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons. Those wins have made Arsene Wenger the most successful manager in the history of the FA Cup and yet surprisingly he’s never managed to win the League Cup in his 20-plus years in English football.

Like Man City, Arsenal are out of the FA Cup so Sunday’s final has taken on even greater significance. We should, therefore, be in line for a cracking match.

The FA Cup has come to Arsene Wenger’s rescue in recent years, can the Carabao Cup do the same on Sunday?

Man City vs Arsenal Match Winner Market

Man City 8/13 (William Hill)

Draw 10/3 (Paddy Power)

Arsenal 9/2 (Bet365)

(Please note all odds shown are correct at time of article publishing)

Man City are the best team in England by some stretch. Such is their dominance that they could have the Premier League title wrapped up in a matter of weeks but Guardiola knows that their rivals are ready to pounce on any sign of weakness shown by his team.

As well as a burning desire to get that first trophy monkey off his back, Guardiola is desperate to send out a message that his team’s mentality won’t be damaged by one bad result.  With their pride dented, the Citizens will show no mercy against Arsenal and look a good price to win inside 90 minutes at 8/13 with William Hill even allowing for the Gunners’ Wembley record.

 

Correct Score Market

Man City 2-1 @ 7/1 (Coral)

Draw 1-1 @ 8/1 (Betfred)

Man City 2-0 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)

Man City 1-0 @ 9/1 (William Hill)

Man City 3-1 @ 11/1 (Betfred)

Draw 2-2 @ 14/1 (William Hill)

The recent North London Derby was something of a rarity in that Arsenal were defeated at Wembley without even scoring. The Gunners generally have little trouble scoring multiple goals at the national stadium and have been involved in some thrilling FA Cup finals and semi-finals. Man City will set out to dictate the flow of the game by dominating possession and it may well be hard for Wenger’s men to find any rhythm but we still think they’ll be able to break the City resistance with a goal.

The Gunners have rarely looked toothless in attack and with the addition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will pose teams all sorts of problems going forwards. Their issue is in defence. Some pundits have gone as far as to suggest that Wenger doesn’t actually do any defensive coaching, but whatever the truth it’s clear that they’re not strong enough at the back to challenge for the really big honours.

Man City put three past Arsenal when they met at the Etihad earlier in the season and could well do likewise at Wembley. The stage is set for Guardiola’s men to show just what they can do on the big stage so a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline we saw at the start of November is worth a bet at 11/1 with Betfred.

 

First Goalscorer Market

Sergio Aguero 7/2 (Paddy Power)

Gabriel Jesus 9/2 (Paddy Power)

Raheem Sterling 5/1 (William Hill)

Leroy Sane 7/1 (Bet365)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7/1 (Paddy Power)

Bernardo Silva 9/1 (Bet365)

Kevin De Bruyne 9/1 (Paddy Power)

Danny Welbeck 10/1 (Paddy Power)

Kevin De Bruyne has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Man City this season.

 

Sergio Aguero will be very happy to return to what he does best after becoming embroiled in something of a media storm following his clash with a Wigan fan on the pitch at the DW Stadium. Aguero will once again lead the line for Man City in a big game but the value bet in the First Goalscorer market is Kevin De Bruyne at 9/1 with Paddy Power.

He was forced to watch on from the bench for an hour on Monday night before finding his attempts to change the game from the bench thwarted. Back in the starting XI, De Bruyne is set to not only pull the strings but provide a real goal threat so bet on him to score first at a generous price.

 

Betting Recommendations

Man City 3-1 correct score at 11/1 with Betfred

Kevin De Bruyne to score first at 9/1 with Paddy Power