Manchester City vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
The Premier League is no longer in in the radar for Pep Guardiola and his men. All that matters to them right now is their CL tie with Real Madrid. Before Zinedine Zidane’s men come to visit the Etihad, the team will have to build some momentum. And in that regards, the Citizens will go all in for a victory over the Gunners this Wednesday.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Match Preview
The Citizens had taken a trip to the Old Trafford the last match-day. In the derby, the current title-holders lost 2-0 to their derby rivals.
Their local opponents have always been a thorn in the eye for Pep’s boys, and it was no different this time either. With the league title as good as gone, and their CL ban still in effect, it did not really matter for the Citizens if they had won or lost. However, pride was at stake, and moreover, with the impending clash with Real Madrid on the horizon, a win was a must.
Meanwhile, the Gunners recorded a 1-0 win at home over West Ham the prior game week. While the game did give Mikel Arteta’s men the three points, the fact that they had to struggle against a relegation-battler, was a bit concerning.
However, under the new gaffer, the team has been on the rise, and excluding their surprise elimination from the Europa, the squad has been doing well.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Citizens are on a six-match winning run against this opponent.
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 0-3 win for Guardiola’s men, on the road.
- At this venue, the hosts are on a winning streak since 2016.
- The combined scoreline for the previous three match-ups is 17-2, in favor of the reigning PL champions.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction
The Citizens are on a six-game winning run against this opponent, and recorded a combined scoreline of 17-2 from these games. At this venue, they have won every single h2h clash since 2016, and only once have they failed to score here since 2010 against this opponent.
Moreover, in the past 12 years, Arteta’s men have managed a total of two official wins at this stadium, and currently, they are on a winless run of eleven matches against the reigning champions.
In addition, Guardiola’s men will be hell-bent on getting back to form after their loss against arch-rivals United and with the upcoming second leg with Real Madrid in mind. As such, expect the Citizens to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes itself.
However, Guardiola’s men have failed to show consistency in a large part of this season, and they are really not under pressure to perform at present in the league (Liverpool have the title in their bag). On the other hand, the Gunners are desperate to qualify for the CL, and they are currently in form.
In fact, Arteta’s men were unbeaten in 12 of their past 13 fixtures, and are on active run of 11 invincible games on the road. Likely, expect the determined and desperate Arsenal to score at least once this Wednesday.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Tips
To Score in First Half: Manchester City @ 1.40 (2/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.70 (7/10).