Foot Predictions shows Sunday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Manchester City will seek to continue its march towards winning the Premier League title when facing Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Pep GuardiolaThe team’s team has won the last 17 matches in all competitions, including 12 in the championship, getting 10 points ahead of the table and 22 points above this weekend’s tenth hosts.
Few people will know the quality that Man City has better than Mikel Arteta, who spent three years as a Guardiola assistant before taking over as coach of Arsenal, so he will have no illusions about the scale of the task ahead of him on Sunday.
At his pre-match press conference, Arteta spoke of Man City as the best team in Europe, and a quick look at some of the statistics behind his incredible recent form makes it difficult to argue.
Citizens have already broken the record for most consecutive victories in all competitions for a club in the English Premier Division, their series still continues at 17, while Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Everton made them the first team in the first division to win the championship by opening 10 matches in a calendar year.
That perfect record in 2021 will be tested in the coming weeks with a tough race that will take them to face Arsenal, Borussia Monchengladbach, West Ham United and Manchester United in succession, but such is their domain at the moment that they will go to everyone those games as firm favorites.
You have to go back more than two months until December 15th for the last time they failed to win a game in any competition, while their unbeaten record goes back to 24 games until the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in November – indeed his last trip to north London.
Surprisingly, that defeat to Spurs was the last time Man City fell behind in a Premier League game, thanks in large part to their 12 clean sheets in 16 games since then.
Guardiola’s men have kept 22 games without conceding goals in all competitions throughout the campaign – more than any other team in the first four layers of English football or in the first five European leagues – while their Premier League record is only 15 goals conceded in 24 games, nine less than the next best defense.
A streak of 12 consecutive league wins has led Man City to gain 10 points at the top of the table, and it is increasingly difficult to see anyone catching up to them, even if Guardiola’s team starts to lose points more regularly. in the next weeks.
The chances of scoring points are few and far between, with Man City almost as impressive away from home as they have been at home this season, and they will arrive at Emirates Stadium looking to match the club’s record of 11 consecutive away wins in total competitions .
Man City won at Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in that period, while their 10-game winning streak also includes a 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Emirates in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup before Christmas.
Repeating this result would make Man City only the third team to beat Arsenal twice in the same season – and the first since 1993-94 – but there is no doubt that the fleeing league leaders will make the trip. to the capital as favorites to join this exclusive club.
The Gunners are still in the middle of the table with only 14 games remaining of the season, with eight points separating them from the Champions League places and a difference of 22 points for Man City.
Arteta’s team will need a drastic improvement over the rest of the campaign if they are to fill the gap for the top four – or even the top six – but that search could hardly start more difficult in the coming weeks.
A potentially decisive streak for the season awaits the Gunners, who face Man City this weekend, face the Europa League second leg against Benfica next Thursday and then face Leicester City, Tottenham, West Ham United and Liverpool in four of the next five games. – all teams that currently sit above them at the table.
Arsenal at least recovered from successive defeats in their last game in the league, while running to a four-goal lead against Leeds United before nervously holding on to the fight to win 4-2 in the end.
The result has left six home games unbeaten since Man City’s last visit, while in the league they haven’t conceded goals in three of their last four matches in the Emirates.
Another defeat on their own territory would set a new record for unwanted league losses at home in a season at Emirates Stadium, having already been defeated four times in 2020-21.
Man City’s visit will not be particularly welcome, then, and especially considering that Arsenal have won just three of their last 18 league games against the team, starting the day at the head of the table – although one of those wins came in his last match against Liverpool in July.
The Gunners also come for this match with a Europa League game on Thursday night, which led them to draw 1-1 in the away game against Benfica, in a game played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Europa League glory is undoubtedly a more realistic path to qualifying for the Champions League than a top four for Arsenal now, and so Arteta may even be tempted to prioritize Thursday’s second leg ahead of Sunday clash.
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Man City expects the midfielder to be in good shape Ilkay Gundogan will be ready to return to this game, having lost the game against Everton in the middle of the week due to a slight groin injury.
The German added two more goals to his goal count last week, becoming Man City’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, with all of his 11 goals scored in his last 12 games.
Menacingly for the rest of Europe, Man City’s options also seem to be getting stronger; Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury off the bench in the middle of the week and can start this match as a top scorer Sergio Aguero was almost among the substitutes for that game.
Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez they would all be among the first in line to give up in favor of Gundogan or De Bruyne, but they were all on the scoresheet against Everton to make Guardiola’s selection headache even greater.
Raheem Sterling was the man to make way for De Bruyne on Wednesday, but he must start again after scoring four goals and creating two more in his last five Premier League games against Arsenal, including goals in each of the last three.
If Gundogan comes back then Nathan Ake it would be the only injury missing for Man City, and Arsenal also have a relatively clean bill of health for this competition.
Thomas Partey will be re-evaluated before the start of the game, although it is expected to fall short once again, but Kieran Tierney is back available, having returned from the bank in the middle of the week.
Arteta appointed an unaltered team in Rome, with Rob Holding and Alexandre Lacazette among those who will lose again, although both can return to this one, while Arteta seeks to keep his team up to date.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he also hopes to start following his hat-trick last weekend, scoring five goals in his last two games in the top flight.
Another two-goal move this weekend would make the captain the first Arsenal player since Derek Tapscott in March 1956 to score two or more goals in three consecutive league matches.
Possible starting lineup for Arsenal:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Possible initial lineup for Manchester City:
Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden
Man City dominated this game in the Premier League recently, winning each of the last seven games in the first division and remaining unbeaten in ten since December 2015.
Another defeat on Sunday would make Arsenal equal the club’s record of eight consecutive league losses against a single opponent – against Leeds United between 1973 and 1976 -, while Man City have scored at least twice in nine of their ten games without. lose.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have failed to score in the last three league games at home against Man City and may, for the first time in their history, draw four consecutive goals against the same opponent.
In all competitions, Man City has beaten Arsenal twice this season – a 1-0 win in the reverse league game and a 4-1 win in the Emirates in the EFL Cup – but Arsenal have eliminated Man City from the FA Cup in the semifinals last season.
Probability: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City are a winning machine at the moment and it is difficult to see them being stopped by an Arsenal team inconsistently and with a very bad recent record in this game.
The attack options available to the home team may be enough to score a goal against Man City’s solid defense, but that may be all they have to root for this weekend.
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