Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: 2 April 2017
Referee: Andre Marriner
Kick off: 16:00
Odds: Arsenal 28/13; Draw 3/1; City 11/8
Manchester City will aim to pile more pressure on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Sunday afternoon. However, the Gunners will look to bounce back from their bad Premier League form – a win for either side will be a massive confidence booster in terms of the top four race.
Pick up where we left off
Although it seems an age ago with the international break, City finished the 1-1 draw with Liverpool creating chances at will and looking steady at the back. City’s attacking players return from their international duties on the back of promising performances – Silva, Sterling, Sané all registering good displays for their respective nations. Pep Guardiola will be looking to replicate the Liverpool performance tomorrow, and with a bit more luck in front of goal City will have a good chance of claiming all three points.
With Manchester United being held by West Brom at Old Trafford, a win for City tomorrow would be a big step towards securing Champions League football next season. On the other hand, Arsenal will be keen to end their poor run of results and will be up for tomorrow.
The bookies have Arsenal as slight favourites for a home win tomorrow – check out the Paddy Power betting app for the latest prices ahead of the game!
What would an international break be without a few injuries to City players? Luckily, there were no long-term set backs, but De Bruyne especially is doubtful for the starting eleven. He may make it, but Pep may turn to Fernandinho with an eye on resting Kevin for Wednesday night.
On the positive side, Yaya Touré is well rested and will be eager to prove to City fans he still has the legs, after hobbling around the pitch against Liverpool for most of the game.
No doubt Stones will retain his place, after putting together a great run of form for club and country. The attack also picks itself, with little else to offer from the bench.
Few people in football are being talked about recently more than Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal fans are calling for his head, and confidence seems to be low in the dressing room. If there ever were a good time to play Arsenal away, it would be now. Arsenal’s form against the top six this season has been the reason Wenger’s job is in doubt.
Another big name with a future in doubt is star man Alexis Sanchez. Where he will be playing next season may be unknown, but what is known is that Alexis still has the talent to cause nightmares for the City defence if they are not on their game.
Petr Čech is ruled out with a muscle injury, so Ospina will deputise. Čech is a big miss for the Gunners, but Ospina is more than capable.
If City’s front three are on their game, they will cause all sorts of problems for Arsenal. Despite a poor season, Arsenal still have attacking power in abundance.
I never like to jinx it, but I think City will have enough individual brilliance to complete the double over Arsenal. 2-1 City.