Mikel Arteta returns to his old stomping ground hoping to fare better than his previous visit, with his Arsenal side traveling to the Etihad for a Premier League clash against an out-of-sorts Manchester City.
Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday's kickoff in the capital so that you can make some well-informed picks.
🧩 Man City vs Arsenal key details
- 🗓 17 October 2020
- 🏟 Etihad Stadium
- ⌚️ 19:30 kickoff (EAT)
🖊 Match preview
With just one loss inflicted on Arsenal so far this season, confidence is high. On top of that, bringing in a big-money signing like Thomas Partey will lift a dressing room who will be under no illusions that the squad needed more quality. More competition for places will only help bring the best out of everyone.
With the Liverpool loss essentially seen as a free hit, the two most recent wins, one coming against Liverpool, will put the club in good stead.
In the case of City, they kicked off their 2020/21 campaign with an excellent 3-1 win away at Wolves, a fixture that is troublesome for even the best of teams. They’ve since hit a bump in the road, getting smashed 5-2 at home to Leicester in a remarkable game having led after four minutes, which was followed up with a 1-1 draw at Leeds.
Again, in that clash, they led and were dominating, only for defensive frailties to cost them dearly. That game could easily have finished 5-1, 1-5, or 5-5. Arsenal don’t create enough chances, but their superior forwards would have tucked some of those opportunities away.
Seeing a Guardiola side concede five goals in a single match, six in two if you want to angle it that way, is not what we’ve become accustomed to. Boasting all the money in the world, it’s no good splashing heavily on defenders if they’re not getting coached properly.
We expect a goal-fest!
🧮 Likely starting XIs
🔵 MAN CITY
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Ruben Dias, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Rodri, Foden; Mahrez, Sterling, Torres
Unavailable: Zinchenko (Injured)
Questionable: De Bruyne (Injured), Gundogan (Illness), Jesus (Injured), Sterling (Injured), Aguero (Injured)
Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, David Luiz; Bellerin, Partey, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Unavailable: Martinelli (Injured), Pablo Mari (Injured), Chambers (Injured), Mustafi (Injured), Smith Rowe (Injured), Sokratis (Injured), Ozil (Out of favor)
Questionable: Aubameyang (Injury), Partey (Fitness), Tierney (Coronavirus)
🔑 Key betting facts
- This is the third of their four Premier League games this season that Manchester City are starting the day in the bottom half of the table – as many as in their previous 375 matches in the competition.
- Manchester City have won just four points from their three league games this season, their lowest total at this stage since 2010-11. Meanwhile, only twice in their league history have the Citizens lost both of their opening two home games in a season – 1930-31 and 1953-54.
- Manchester City are winless in their last two Premier League games, last going three without a win in the competition back in April 2017 (4). The third game in that run was a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
- Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 Premier League games (D1 L3), more than they had in their previous 28 in the competition (W7 D13 L8). Indeed, since their loss to Brighton in June, no side has picked up more Premier League points than the Gunners (25).
- Arsenal have had 77 10+ open play pass sequences in the Premier League this season, with only Chelsea having more (81). Indeed, since Mikel Arteta took over at the club, the Gunners have scored more goals following a sequence of 10 or more passes than any other side in the division (11).
- Man City have scored at least three goals in their last three home matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal's last five games (Premier League).
- Man City have scored at least two goals in their last 12 home matches (Premier League).
🌑 Futaa tip: Over 2.5 goals