Arsenal vs Manchester City: Preview, Predictions, Expected Line-ups and Betting Odds

Aakarsh / 20 December 2015

The most interesting match so far this season will be played on Monday Night this weekend. Two clubs who are tipped off as favorites for lifting the title come the end of the season will fight it out for an early lead over the other when Arsenal will face Manchester City this weekend. Both clubs are not at full strength and have plenty of injuries to key players making this game even more intriguing to call.

Arsenal are unbeaten in the last three games and will take on City who have had an inconsistent season so far. Both clubs will be up against it when they face each other in an early Christmas gift for the viewers. Here is the Preview of the game along with the Team News, Predictions, Expected Line-ups and Betting Odds.

The Arsenal vs Manchester City game will be played on Monday the 21st of December at the Emirates stadium in London. The kick off is scheduled at 8:00 pm BST (1:30 pm IST).

Team News:

There was great news for Arsenal fan’s after they heard that Alexis Sanchez was in line for a return against City after recovering from an injury. However, it is unlikely that he will start on Monday. Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck Coquelin and Cazorla are all still out for the Gunners. Campbell, Walcott and Giroud will start for the homes side on the night.

Pellegrini is slowly getting his full team back but still has 4 players un-available for this game. Kompany and Zabaleta are huge losses for City and will surely be missed against Arsenal. Fernando and Nasri are also out for this game while star striker Sergio Aguero is back from injury and might as well be a part of the starting XI on Monday.

 

Expected Line-ups:

Arsenal:

Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Campbell; Giroud.

Manchester City:

Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero

Key Battles:

Ozil vs Fernandinho:

Easily the biggest battle on the field on the night will be between the inform Mesut Ozil and a tireless Fernandinho. Ozil has been at the top of this game and is leading the charts for assists all over Europe. He has been difficult to contain and will be up against Fernandinho who goes about his job with minimal fuzz. The game can easily be won and lost in this battle.

Aguero vs Koscielny

Sergio Aguero is arguably the best striker in the Premier League and will surely try and give Arsenal a run for their money at the Emirates. He has not really been able to assert himself on the team due to injuries and will have a chance against Arsenal to prove his worth. Koscielny who has been superb off late will do his best to keep the Argentine quite. This battle will be intriguing to watch.

Betting Odds:

Arsenal: 6/4

Draw: 45/17

Manchester City: 39/19

Predictions:

This game between two sides at the top of the table will surely be a thrilling encounter. Both teams will hate to lose to a direct title chasing opponent and this will surely rise the temper levels on the field. The amount of quality on the pitch from either sides is too high and the game may well be decided by a mistake. Arsenal as the home side will go into the game with a slight advantage.

Our Prediction:

Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City

 

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