Manchester City take on Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend at Etihad Stadium and Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be desperate to bounce back from their defeat against Real Madrid with a win.
The Premier League giants crashed to a 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu yesterday and the City fans will be hoping for more than a lackluster performance this time.
Manchester City are in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League if they drop any more points in their next two matches. Cross-town rivals Manchester United are breathing down their necks and could snatch a top-four finish if Arsenal manages to take points off the home side this weekend.
Arsenal are three points ahead of Manchester City in the table right now and a draw would more or less ensure their place in next season’s Champions League provided they do well in their final game of the season.
Arsenal have done really well against City in the recent years and if you fancy backing the Gunners for a win, here are some football odds offering great returns from this game as well as other Premier League fixtures this weekend.
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp also stated that this is a great time for Arsenal to face City. The home side will be down on confidence and a draw would do just fine for Arsenal, who face Aston Villa at home next week.
Both sides will be fighting for European football next season and it should be a fascinating contest between two very good footballing sides.
Manchester City are without their Spanish midfielder David Silva for this game. Yaya Toure is expected to deputise in the absence of the Spaniard.
Kompany picked up an injury against Real Madrid and will miss out as well.
Also, Raheem Sterling could start instead of Jesus Navas. The English winger was a substitute against Real Madrid yesterday.
Arsenal have two injury concerns ahead of the Manchester City game.
Midfielders Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both recovering well and should be back soon.
Jack Wilshere is fit enough to start the game and Alex Iwobi could start on the right wing in place of Theo Walcott here. The Arsenal youngster was recently labeled as ‘special’ by midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling; Aguero
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi; Welbeck
Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League.
Manchester City have won just 1 of their last 6 meetings against Arsenal.
Arsenal are undefeated in their last 8 matches in the Premier League.