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Man City vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Line-Ups, Betting Tips & Predicted Score
Manchester City and Arsenal will be looking to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League table when they face-off at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Leaders Chelsea extended their lead at the top to a whopping nine points on the Gunners and ten on City so both sides will be desperate for a positive result in order to hang on to the coat tails of Antonio Conte’s side.
Defeat for either City or Arsenal tomorrow would leave their title challenge in tatters before the turn of the year while victory would rejuvinate their hopes of catching Chelsea so it’s all to play for at the Etihad.
City warmed up for the game with a comfortable 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night while the Gunners saw their long unbeaten run end with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Everton.
Pep Guardiola will have to make do without Sergio Aguero once again as the striker serves the third of his four-game ban while Fernandinho will also miss out through suspension following their dismissals against Chelsea.
Ilkay Gundogan has also been ruled out after he suffered cruciate ligament damage in midweek so Fernando is expected to partner Yaya Toure in the middle of the park.
Vincent Kompany remains out with a knee problem while midfielder Fabian Delph is not back to full fitness following a groin operation.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey will miss the game after failing to recover from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out in recent games while Shkodran Mustafi is also out with a hamstring complaint.
Per Mertesacker is still working his way back to full fitness following five months out with a knee injury but Danny Welbeck is expected to resume full training next week as he bids to return from his own knee problem.
Santi Cazorla isn’t expected to be back to fitness until February at the earliest after undergoing surgery on his troublesome Achilles injury.
Man City 1-1 Arsenal: The Gunners will be keen to put Tuesday’s loss at Everton behind them but they face a tough task against a dangerous City side who can be formidable on their day. Guardiola’s side haven’t yet found the consistency they need to be champions and I fancy Arsenal to take home a point in an entertaining game tomorrow. I’m just not sure that will do either side much good in the title race though.
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- Both teams to score at 11/20 – a £10 bet would return £15.50
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- Walcott to score first in a 1-1 draw at 45/1 – a £10 bet would return £460