Manchester City vs Arsenal line-ups,Team news,Head to Head and Predictions

Man City vs Arsenal predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his players are not yet fully fit but has not reported any injury problems.

Aymeric Laporte may return after missing City’s past three games with a hamstring issue, while Leroy Sane could make his first senior appearance since injuring his knee last August.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he has no injury doubts.

This game comes too soon for long-term absentees Lucas Torreira and Calum Chambers, who are regaining fitness.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester City have won their last six league and cup matches against Arsenal, their longest winning run versus the Gunners.
  • Arsenal have lost the past five league meetings – it’s their longest such streak against a particular opponent since a seven-match sequence versus Ipswich between 1974 and 1977.
  • The Gunners’ last win against City came in a FA Cup semi-final in 2017.
  • This will be both sides’ second competitive match in the month of June. Manchester City beat Newport County 5-1 at home in a second tier game in 1947, while in the same year Arsenal lost 2-1 at Sheffield United in a top-flight encounter.

Manchester City

  • Manchester City have failed to score in the first half of seven of their past nine top-flight matches. However, 12 of the last 16 league goals City have scored against Arsenal have come in the opening 45 minutes.
  • City have lost seven Premier League games this season, one more than in their previous two campaigns combined.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions, including a hat-trick when City beat Arsenal 3-1 at home last season.
  • Pep Guardiola has never lost a home match against Arsenal in his managerial career, winning six of seven games.
  • Kevin de Bruyne has been directly involved in six goals in his past seven Premier League starts against Arsenal, scoring four and assisting two.

Arsenal

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in the league this calendar year (W4, D4) – the only other side in the top four English divisions yet to lose in 2020 are Coventry City.
  • The Gunners could draw six consecutive away league matches for the first time in their history.
  • They have won just one of 11 top-flight fixtures this season against teams currently above them in the table (D5, L5).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 Premier League appearances – if he scores in this game he will be the sixth-fastest player to reach 50 in the competition.
  • Alexandre Lacazette has failed to score in each of his last 13 Premier League away match

Simon Bajkowski

Pep Guardiola has a fully-fit squad to choose from so there is almost zero chance of this being the correct XI, but here goes.

The manager mentioned a reliance on players that are naturally fit so with that in mind I think Sterling, Jesus, Bernardo, and Walker have to start, plus also probably Zinchenko.

Ederson is a given, Stones and Laporte can attempt to be the partnership that there are still hopes they can be, and Rodri has featured a lot this season in the role he has been brought in to make his own.

Kevin De Bruyne should probable be a given also given he is the best player in the league.

There will be a temptation to see what Leroy Sane can do but I’d give the final place to Riyad Mahrez, one of the players who should have benefitted most from this break given his exertions last season.

Daniel Murphy

Pep Guardiola’s teams are hard to predict at the best of times, let alone when there’s absolutely no recent form to go off after a three-month break and he finally has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

Dan’s teamEven though Leroy Sane is finally back fit, it would be understandable if he was eased back into competitive action, coming on here in the second-half rather than starting.

With David Silva’s departure at the end of the season it’s now the time to start giving Phil Foden a long run of games, too. He has started just three times in the league this year but was in good form prior to the break and deserves to keep his place in the side. Eric Garcia could also earn some valuable experience in the coming weeks but considering Arsenal’s attacking threat, the experience of Fernandinho is probably the better option.

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