Mikel Arteta takes his side to his former club for the first time since swapping Etihad stadium for the Emirates in December 2019, and Manchester City will particularly be keen to bounce back from the disappointment of Sunday’s derby defeat.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday 11th, March
Venue: Etihad Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Old Trafford brought Manchester City crashing back down to earth, and thus put a stop to their run of five successive wins in all competitions.
While Pep Guardiola’s men were not totally outplayed by their neighbors who were just precise enough when taking their chances, they arguably had goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to blame for the two goals they let in, the Brazilian first allowing a shot from Anthony Martial to creep in underneath his arm before directing a poor service straight at Scott McTominay who crashed into an unguarded goal from some distance.
The result meant Liverpool need just six more points to be confirmed as the new Premier League champions, or perharps even lesser if the Citizens fail to come away with maximum points on Wednesday night.
Arsenal will bid to extend their winning run in the Premier League to four when they make the trip to Manchester, and will move five points off fourth with one here after beating West Ham 1-0 last weekend.
The Gunners are still yet to kiss the dust this year in the Premier League, and have been defensively brilliant in their last couple of games whence they have not conceded any goal, winning each of them.
The hosts ran out 3-0 winners in this game’s reverse fixture, and have won each of the last six meetings in all competitions with Arsenal.
Kevin De Bruyne was absent in the derby last Sunday, but could return here.
Leroy Sané could make the bench for the first time since April 2019 but Aymeric Laporte is ruled out of this one.
Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Cédric Soares, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac are not available for selection for the Gunners.
Head to Head
This will mark the 199th meeting in all competitions between the two sides since they first clashed in 1893. Arsenal have 97 wins to City’s 56. 45 games have been drawn.
Man City have scored at least twice in eight of their last nine home league games.
Arsenal have seen at least three yellow cards in four of their last five Premier League away games.
Arsenal have drawn their last five away game in the Premier League.
Manchester City have now lost more games (7) than Arsenal (6) in the top flight this season, and went down 2-0 to United last time out. Manchester City’s last five games (WWWWL)
Arsenal followed up the cup win at Portsmouth with another important victory over West Ham last weekend. Arsenal’s last five games (WWLWW)
City have looked to have the edge over Arsenal in recent times, triumphing in each of their last six clashes, but Arsenal have shown plausible improvements thus far, plus the fact the hosts are not in the best of form coming into this one. Perharps, the best outcome to back here is a stalemate (5/1) between two sides who seemingly cannot be split at the moment.
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