Manchester city v Arsenal : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 16-10-2020 9:02 am (5 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Saturday 17th October,2020
Time: 5:30pm
Stadium Etihad Stadium
Referee Chris Kavanagh (England)

Goal Scorer:
Team News:

Manchester City
Man City are sweating over the fitness of star man and PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne, who trudged off during Belgium's defeat to England at Wembley and subsequently withdrew from the squad for their final Nations League game against Iceland.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez played down the problem after the match, but Guardiola is unlikely to take any risks over a muscle injury and so will likely hold De Bruyne back unless he is 100% fit.

Losing a player of such quality will always be a blow, but particularly given his record against Arsenal; the playmaker has been involved in seven goals in his last eight league starts against the Gunners and has scored more Premier League goals against them than he has versus any other side, three of his five coming last season.

There may be better news on the injury front when it comes to Raheem Sterling, who withdrew from the England squad with a hamstring problem.

That withdrawal was understood to be precautionary, though, and the forward, who has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions since the start of last season, could be in contention this weekend.

Guardiola will certainly be hoping so, with Sterling an option to lead the line in the continued absence of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, the latter of whom is nearing a return from his knee injury but is unlikely to be ready to start a game just yet.

Ilkay Gundogan is back available, though, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is also nearing a full recovery, so barring any further setbacks Guardiola could be back up to full strength in the near future.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy; Foden, Rodri, Gundogan; Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling
Manchester City Premier League form: WLD
Manchester City form (all competitions): WWLWD

Arsenal
Arsenal have a question mark hanging over their own star man after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang withdrew from the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle, although he is expected to be fit.

The skipper scored both goals in Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win the last time these two sides met, but has played more Premier League minutes without scoring against Man City than he has any other opponent.

Arteta is also hopeful that Kieran Tierney will be available, despite being ordered to self-isolate for two weeks from Tuesday after being in close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Arsenal are in talks with the authorities over a special dispensation to allow him to play, while new arrival Thomas is also in contention for his debut having joined up with his new teammates earlier this week.

Emile Smith Rowe, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi are all eyeing returns this month, while Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are longer-term absentees.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Thomas, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Arsenal Premier League form: WWLW
Arsenal form (all competitions): WWWLWW

Head To Head
Man City have dominated this fixture in the league recently, winning the last six top-flight meetings and all by at least a two-goal margin - including 3-0 triumphs home and away last season.

Arsenal have not lost seven league games in a row against a specific opponent since a run against Ipswich Town stretching from 1974 to 1977, while their winless league run against City stretches back nine games to December 2015 - including four defeats from four at the Etihad in the Guardiola era.

However, they did win the most recent meeting in the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season and could now win back-to-back games against City for the first time in five years.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal


Posted: at 16-10-2020 09:02 AM (5 months ago) | Hero

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