Arsenal vs Man City Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predictions

By on January 12, 2013

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Arsenal will look to keep in touch with the top four as they welcome champions Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

We head into the game trailing the visitors by 11 points but can close to within three points of fourth-placed Tottenham with a win this weekend after they drew 0-0 with QPR on Saturday.

City will be under pressure for all three points themselves and they could be 10 points off league leaders Manchester United by the time we kick off if United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford in Sunday’s earlier game.

Laurent Koscielny was the unlikely hero in the reverse fixture back in September when he secured a well-deserved 1-1 draw at the Etihad, and I’ve got the feeling we could be in for another tight encounter on Sunday.

Team News

Arsene Wenger is sweating on the fitness of striker Olivier Giroud, who hasn’t trained all week due to a nasty cut on his leg picked up against Swansea last weekend. He’ll be given a late fitness test but is likely to be on the bench as Theo Walcott continues up front.

Andre Santos and Abou Diaby could be in contention after successfully returning to action for the under-21’s in midweek, but Lukasz Fabianski is still out. I’d expect Laurent Koscielny to come in for Per Mertesacker after the Germans disappointing display against the Swans in the FA Cup.

City arrive without striker Sergio Aguero who is suffering from a hamstring strain, so Eden Dzeko is likely to start up front with Carlos Tevez just behind. Midfield power-house Yaya Toure and former Gunner Kolo Toure are also missing as the brothers are away with the Ivory Coast squad preparing for the African Cup of Nations.

Another former Arsenal star – Samir Nasri – is also absent as he completes a three-game suspension. Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is back in contention after recovering from a knee complaint but Maicon, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are all out.

Likely Line-ups

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Betting Preview and Predictions

We have a surprisingly good record against the champions, especially at home where City haven’t scored in their last five visits. The guys over at Betegy have crunched the numbers and their prediction software foresees a tight low-scoring game, with the draw seen as the most likely outcome at 35%:

The draw is currently a 2/1 shot but if betting on the exact score-line is more your thing, Betegy predict there is a 33% chance Arsenal will score 1 goal and a 36% chance City will score a single effort, making it at 33% chance the final score will be 1-1. You can currently get odds of 13/2 with William Hill for that score-line.

Why not head over to Betegy and see what all the fuss is about? It’s free to join and you’ll receive free and accurate predictions for games throughout Europe every week. They have an excellent success rate so far so why not give it a try?

What would your line up be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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14 Comments

  1. Boscogee

    January 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Lets go all d way and claim our three points.UP GUNNERZ.

  2. Tunde faleru

    January 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I dot think that we can win this game,becos just conpared the team with the last season,you see that the gap are their.where is the replacement of RVP AND SONG.

  3. ebere

    January 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Arsenal all the way by tree point

  4. Anum mose

    January 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Pls som one sud help me tell our coach 2 liv ramsy out of de lin up 2moro cos we nid dis game more dan anytin.

  5. Sulexd90

    January 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Ramsey shuld nt play at 2mrw wenga pls o we gud 3 point nd is ours Amen

  6. Onadairo Festus Sunday

    January 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Wenger shld buy mature players and not kids players, he shld remember the game against Bayern Munich in Champions League

  7. Adewale olusegun

    January 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Pls let our coach knws dat we need dis match, so he need to rest cazorla and replace him wit rosicky.

  8. Prince Okeji

    January 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I think Ramsey should be edged out of 2moro’s match cos we need d 3 points. Mr. Wenger,pls start podolski n walcott

  9. Scooby

    January 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Loosing to man chety is bad and maybe win is bad cos wenger will not bay if he win

  10. awas s ugwu

    January 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

    God pls 3points 4 our sake (fans) but 4 wenger’s sake God workover 4 man fity b/cos arsenal re not fit 4 d match. Yellow fans Eeh eeh fellow fans forget me Eeh noo! Forgive me pls Don’t forget me b/cos i am a tree Corner waaoo see my mouth don’t mind me a true gunner ARESENAL 4 life

  11. Smort

    January 13, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Mertesacker and Theo should start plus Rosicky to come in for Wilshere from 60min

  12. lucky

    January 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

    guys i know u love arsenal, but if u wanna bet today, clime yo winning ticket by giving man utd and man city, they both need the points more and are gonna win

  13. dude

    January 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Dude we have to Pray for City win this game couse if we win winger no bay new player city winnnnnn 1_0

  14. T2T

    January 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

    No true Arsenal fan can hope for Arsenal to lose this game!!!

    We do have a couple of alternatives; Podolski as the central striker with TW14 on the right and AOX on the left. This would of course leave our left side very exposed. It depends how ManC lines up too. Rosicky on for Cazorla who looks tired and Jenkinson in for Sagna who has played badly the last few games. PM4 for Koscielny maybe. He would be good against Dzeko but may struggle against Tevez.
    Subs: Martinez, Sagna, Diaby, Mertesacker, Cazorla, Arshavin, Giroud

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