Manchester City host Arsenal at Etihad stadium on Sunday evening, a match both team want to win to confirm their place in the Champions League next season.
Leicester might have sealed the league title and the Spurs are confirmed runners up of season 2015/16, but four teams below them are fighting it out for two remaining spots in Europe’s elite competition next season.
Arsenal are third in the league with 67 points, while the fourth Manchester City has 64 points and both teams have played 36 matches each. While Manchester United at 60 points and West Ham on 59 have played 35 matches; which means both teams are in contention to finish inside the top four.
Manchester City’s 4-2 defeat at Southampton last week, end their 5 match unbeaten run in the league. They are in good scoring form and scored 18 goals from their last 6 matches. City’s form in the last 6 Premier League matches is 4 wins, 1 draws and 1 loss.
The Citizens are coming on back-to-back home wins in the league, but they won 3 and lost 3 of their last 6 matches at Etihad. Also 5 of their last 6 home matches had seen over 2.5 goals.
Arsenal earned a hard fought 1-0 home win against relegation candidates last week, which took them to a 8 match unbeaten run. They have drawn 3 of the last 5 matches, while winning 2, which shows their inconsistency.
At the same time, Arsenal haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last three games in Premier League.
The Gunners have drawn in each of their last two away matches and are unbeaten in their last four with 3 draws and a win. Their scoring form away from home is good as they have netted 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 matches.
Manchester City: Team News
Vincent Kompany is out with a muscle injury and he joins David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov in the sidelines.
Jesus Navas is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up leaving Raheem Sterling on the bench once again.
Manchester City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy – Fernandinho, Fernando – De Bruyne, Toure, Navas – Aguero.
Arsenal: Team News
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Per Mertesacker are the players out with injury for the Gunners.
Danny Welbeck could start in place of Olivier Giroud, who was off-color against Sunderland in the last round.
It would be interesting to see if Jack Wilshere gets his first start since recovering from injury.
Arsenal: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin – Elneny, Coquelin – Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi – Welbeck.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head Stats
Arsenal are on a 5 match unbeaten run against Manchester City in all competitions, with 3 wins and 2 draws. Arsenal are also coming on the back of two straight wins against City.
While playing at City, the teams share two wins each from their last 5 matches, with 1 draw. Arsenal were victorious in their last trip to Etihad on January 2015, a match which ended 2-0 for the Gunners.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Prediction
Manchester City could not be trusted here, despite their moderate form in recent matches. If you look back how the citizens have fared against the top four teams, you might not find a win there. They lost to Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester United and also to Arsenal in the first leg clash at Emirates.
Arsenal at the moment are getting results they want to stay in the top four and they are likely to take points from their remaining two matches and stay in there safely. Moreover, the Gunners have found a knack of troubling Manchester City often in the recent meetings.
For me, the away team Arsenal are the favourites to win against Manchester City on Sunday evening and I wouldn’t wonder if they win it 2-0 or 3-0.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals.
Big Money Bet: Iwobi to score first goal.