Where: Emirates Stadium, London, EnglandWhen: Sunday, October 8, 5:30 PM CET
The runners-up from the previous campaign host the champions in another Premier League spectacle. Emirates will be the venue of a mega-clash this Sunday as two old friends, Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola, lead their teams into yet another high-intensity game. For the moment, both teams look very well, City sitting first in the Premiership standings and Arsenal following the rivals with only one point fewer.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Preview
The Gunners have been undefeated so far this year, posting five wins and two draws. The most recent of their Premier League contests took place in Bournemouth, where Arsenal presented a flawless performance, beating the rivals 0-4.
They also progressed to the Carabao Cup Round of 16 with a win over Brentford on the road, 0-1. Arteta’s crew looks good in all the lines, delivering exceptional work and effort, and the results reflect that in the best possible way.
All five events Arsenal played at the Emirates this season have ended with at least three goals, and in only one, we haven’t seen both teams netting.
Guardiola’s unit suffered the first loss of the year in the Premiership last week, with Wolves beating the reigning champs 2-1. The game at Molineux was the first in a while in which City conceded two goals and the second in a row in which they suffered a defeat.
The previous one was days earlier at St. James’ Park against Newcastle, 1-0, in the Carabao Cup. However, knowing Guardiola and his view on this competition, that won’t hurt the Citizens too much.
The good thing for the Spanish manager is that he finally has all of his players at his disposal, apart from Kevin De Bruyne. Rodri, Kovacic, Stones, and others have been dealing with injuries over the previous two weeks but are now ready to roll.
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Arsenal and Manchester City Possible Lineups
Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Vieira; Trossard, Nketiah, Jesus
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Head to Head
We’ve seen the Gunners and the Citizens clashing once this season, in the Community Shield. After 1-1 in the regular 90 minutes, Arsenal took the trophy following the penalties. In three meetings last year, City posted all three victories in the FA Cup, 1-0, and twice in the Premiership, 1-3 and 4-1.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Predictions
Both teams are coming sharp, scoring plenty of goals, while on the other side, not protecting their net consistently. The final result could go either way, so we bet on goals instead, picking high efficiency, that is over 2.5 goals.
Our verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Arsenal versus Manchester City Odds
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