Premier League 2023-24: Match 29, Manchester City (MCI) vs Arsenal (ARS) Match Preview

City's form in the current season has been up and down as they are placed third in the league table with one point behind the Gunners and Liverpool.

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Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction (Source- Twitter)

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The English Premier League (EPL) is back on Saturday with clubs looking to change their fortunes after the international break. The title race of this season has been quite intriguing with three clubs fighting to become the champions of England. On Sunday Arsenal will be travelling to the Etihad Stadium to face the reigning champions Manchester City. Mikel Arteta's side will be looking to win the coveted trophy in the current season as they failed to keep up the pressure towards the end of last season. 

City whose form in the current season has been up and down as they are placed third in the league table with one point behind the Gunners and Liverpool. Pep Guardiola's side has always created mayhem towards the end of the season by shifting their gears winning crucial matches under pressure and creating a crunch for the opponents to bottle towards the end of the season. 

The Gunners have not won a PL title since the 2003/04 'Invincibles' team. They have a brilliant chance of winning the trophy this season, as the forward lineup of the club has scored 70 goals. On the other hand, the headache for the home side as they will be missing two of their defensive forces Kyle Walker and John Stones will be missing the game due to respective injuries. The miss might haunt the champions with the magnitude of the game.

Manchester City vs Arsenal: Prediction

The visitors have won their last two games versus City, in the Community Shield final and the reverse fixture at the Emirates. However, since January 2015 they have yet to win a game at the Etihad, Arteta's side would like to change their destiny in their favour and get at least a point.

City are unbeaten in 38 matches at the Etihad in all competitions, winning 33 and drawing five. Erling Haaland with 18 goals leads the race of the top scorer and can trouble the opponents with the form he is in. However, Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz will be combining in the attack as they have in total 21 goals.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw  

Injury and Card Concern 

Manchester City 

Kyle Walker, John Stones

Arsenal

Jurrien Timber

Probable Playing XI

Manchester City 

Ederson, Rico Lewis, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Nathan Ake, Bernado Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku

Arsenal 

David Raya, Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Jakub Kiwior, Martin Ødegard, Jorginho, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, Leandro Trossard

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