Manchester City vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2016/17
Date: 18th December 2016
Time: 16:00 pm BST
Venue:Etihad Stadium, Manchester
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS AND PREVIEW
The Gunners suffered only their second defeat of the season when they lost 2-1 to Everton on Tuesday night. The shock defeat at Goodison saw Liverpool going ahead of the Gunners on goal difference and the chasing pack closing the gap a little.
However, things can change very quickly in the Premier League. The manner in which they conceded the goals brings back old familiar feelings and leaves a trepidation that their title challenge is doomed.
On the other hand, this is a team that has gone 14 games without being beaten (prior to the defeat) and that tells a great deal about their quality and character more than the one defeat where they just could not raise their game when required.
Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Shkodran Mustafi are still long-term absentees for Arsenal.
Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker are back in training but the duo are still short of match fitness and the trip to Manchester may have come too soon for them.
Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Alexis
MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS AND PREVIEW
Pep Guardiola’s side secured their first win in four games after comfortably winning 2-0 against Watford in midweek.
City, fourth in the league, are trailing the league leaders, Chelsea, by seven points and they can hardly afford further slip-ups.
The victory against Watford came at the cost of Ilkay Gundogan, who suffered a knee ligament injury and will be out of action for some months at least.
Sergio Aguero, the Argentine striker, still has two matches left on his own four-match ban, while Fernandinho will also miss the tie through suspension.
Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernando, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Iheanacho
MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL KEY STATS
7 – Arsenal are undefeated in their last six games against City
10 – Man City are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 home games in the league
MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL BETTING TIPS
The Gunners have an impressive record against City in recent outings and are 3.5 with Betway to win on Sunday – great odds to use a signup bonus on. Alexis Sanchez has scored 12 Premier League goals already and looks unstoppable at the moment – the Chilean is a good bet to score against City.
MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL PREDICTION
Forget about the style of football – in the context of the league, this game is all about consolidating the status. A win for City will see them leapfrogging Arsenal, while a victory for the Gunners will increase the gap between them to four points, which is a healthy lead given the competitive nature of the Premier League this season.
Prediction: Manchester City 1-2 Arsenal