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Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on February 02, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday, Arsenal face a tough trip to the Etihad Stadium to face reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

Manchester City have the chance to cut the gap on league leaders Liverpool to just two points, with the Reds playing on Monday night at West Ham.

The Citizens head into this game on the back of a galling 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday night. The defeat will have to go down as a missed opportunity for Pep Guardiola’s team. The loss also ended a run of eight straight wins for City in all competitions.

Despite a slightly unconvincing run of results in the Premier League, City’s home form has remained strong, as they have won 12 of their last 13 outings in top-flight on home soil. The Citizens have also scored at least two goals in their last 13 league games at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal have recorded consecutive top-flight wins which have seen the Gunners move into the top-four. Last time out Unai Emery’s side recorded a 2-1 home win over Cardiff at the Emirates. The win was the Gunners sixth straight victory on home soil in the top-flight.

While the visitor’s recent home form has remained strong, the Gunners away form has been poor, as Emery’s team has failed to win in their last five away games in the Premier League, picking up just two points in the process.

One of the Gunners main problems on their travels has been conceding too many goals, keeping one clean sheet in their last 21 away matches in the Premier League. One positive for Arsenal on their travels in the Premier League is the fact they have only failed to score once in 16 away games. The visitors have failed to win any of the last six league meetings with City, suffering four defeats in the process.

Team News

Claudio Bravo remains an injury doubt absentee for City, while Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany are also fitness doubts. City boss Pep Guardiola is likely to name his strongest team for this must-win game.

Arsenal are without defensive trio Sokratis, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding, as well as striker Danny Welbeck due to injury. Laurent Koscielny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also doubts.

Betting News

Manchester City are favourites to win this clash at odds of 3/10, while the draw is odds of 21/4 and Arsenal are odds of 9/1 to record a victory.

Arsenal are big underdogs to get anything out of this clash. However, the Gunners need to pick up points in the race for the top four.

Can Arsenal get anything from their trip to Manchester?

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