Manchester City make the trip down to the Emirates Stadium today to take on Arsenal with both sides relying on three points. Chelsea lost yesterday to give the chasing clubs hope in catching the runaway leaders, and the Citizens would close to within nine points with nine matches remaining with a win today. Arsenal need the points much the more however, having dropped down to a lowly sixth spot, and their hopes of a Champions League place will be very slim without a win.
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The Gunners will be hoping history can give them the edge today, with our opponents only having won once away to us in the league in 45 years, but I would much prefer to have the better recent form coming into the match…
Our side come into the match with disastrous form, having won only once and lost four of our previous five league outings, although City have succumbed to draws in their last two, which may leave they a little bit short of confidence also.
The players will surely be fired up for this encounter, and big games like this should throw the form books out the window, but home advantage will go out the window without the fans onside, and an away opening goal could get the fans angered.
As for the team-sheets, we come into the game without Petr Cech, Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez who are all out with injuries. Gibbs may also be a doubt, but is expected to return to the bench.
City remain without Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus who will likely miss the rest of the season, but they also have doubts over the fitness of Bacary Sagna and Kevin De Bruyne.
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This match is a must-win, but confidence is a little low due to our lousy results of late. I’m not of the belief that Manchester City are playing all that well either though, and I can see this game ending in a draw. A 1-1 result seems likely, but if we do concede first, the fans will need to stay onside in order to help push the players into believing they can turn it around.
What are your predictions? Will the team being fired up for the match? Can the fans stay onside for this must-win match-up?
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