A midweek battle of wits between master and apprentice as Mikel Arteta returns to the Etihad for the first time since leaving Pep Guardiola and joining Arsenal. We tip this match that could practically hand Liverpool the almighty prize should the Gunners inflict defeat.
Who is playing?
Manchester City vs Arsenal
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchday 30
What time is Manchester City vs Arsenal?
20:15 BST, Wednesday 17th June 2020
Where do Manchester City?
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Where can I watch Manchester City vs Arsenal?
Sky Sports Main Event/ Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Manchester City vs Arsenal
A fascinating fixture awaits as not only does Premier League football finally return, but so to does Mikel Arteta. The Gunners boss will appear on the Etihad touchline for the first time since his departure as Assistant Head Coach in December. Not only will Pep Guardiola be eager to land the first blow in what will be an exciting rivalry between the two Spanish compatriots, but defeat to Arsenal will mean that Pep’s Premier League nemesis Liverpool could secure the title at Goodison Park a few days later. History however favours City, with the Gunners unable to beat the Citizens in the league since 2015.
City playing for pride?
With the League all but sealed for Liverpool, it being nigh-on impossible to overturn the colossal 25 point gap the Red half of Merseyside have put between themselves and their competitors at the top of the table, plus the unlikely eventuality that City’s top four competitors: Leicester, Chelsea and United will surpass and finish above them, it almost feels as if the Citizens don’t really have much to play for as this 2019/20 season finally enters the last stretch.
Though the season may fizzle out for City we know all too well the winning mentality the blue half of Manchester have exhibited across Guardiola’s tenure, especially at home: this season at the Etihad, Manchester City have picked up 2.23 points per game and have scored 2.54 goals per game, boasting an xG (expected goals) of 2.67 at home, all three statistics decreasing when contrasted against their away form.
Gunners gearing up for gruelling run-in.
Arteta’s side have it all to play for as they sit ninth in the table on 40 points, four places and five points off Europa League spot and five positions and eight points off a Champions League place. With their next ten games including fellow Europa League challengers Wolves, a North London derby and bouts against Leicester and Liverpool – the Gunners will hope for dramatic improvements in their points per game away from home 1.08, winning only twice, and their xG against 1.73, which is actually worse than their xG for, at 1.4.
Their 3-2 defeat in behind closed doors friendly against promotion candidates Brentford gave little in way of encouragement as this will be a difficult upheaval as Arsenal attempt to reach the Continent once more.
Manchester City recent matches:
- Manchester United (a) 2-0 defeat
- Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 win
- Real Madrid (a) 1-2 win
- Leicester City (a) 0-1 win
- West Ham United (h) 2-0 win
Arsenal recent matches:
- West Ham United (h) 1-0 win
- Portsmouth (a) 0-2 win
- Olympiacos (h) 1-2 defeat
- Everton (h) 3-2 win
- Olympiacos (a) 0-1 win
Manchester City top scorers:
- Sergio Aguero (Striker) – 16 Premier League goals
- Raheem Sterling (Forward) – 11 Premier League goals
Arsenal top scorers:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Striker) – 17 Premier League goals
- Alexandre Lacazette (Striker) – 7 Premier League goals
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|3rd February 2019||MCI 3-1 ARS||Premier League|
|12th August 2018||ARS 0-2 MCI||Premier League|
Aman’s Betting Tip
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