The Premier League is back in action and the points table is in the spotlight again because of the vulnerability it is experiencing with every fixture. On Thursday, two of the table-toppers, Arsenal and Manchester City will collide at the home ground of the Gunners, Emirates Stadium. The two arch-rivals are in headlines for completely different reasons but the Premier League fixture is expected to be an absolute thriller.
Arsenal made headlines last week because of their two consecutive losses against Manchester City in the FA cup and Everton in the Premier League fixture. They drew the latest EPL match against Brentford as well.
Manchester City are currently busy dealing with the financial allegations and this might affect the overall performance of the club. Having an uncertain future might affect the morale of the players as well and this is the online bookies have odds in favour of the Arsenal.
Keeping all the points in mind we think Arsenal will edge Man City 2-1.
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The Gunners witnessed a draw in their last game against Brentford but before that, they witnessed two consecutive losses against the Citizen and Everton. The loss against Everton and a draw against Brentford have affected the point difference and right now Arsenal are leading the point table with 51 points. Mikel Arteta won’t be taking any chances in the upcoming Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
Arsenal have no injuries in their camp and the best possible starting XI will be available.
Predicted Lineup: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah
The Citizens are currently dealing with the financial corruption allegations and their future in the Premier League point table looks uncertain. However, the club are still in the race for the Premier League title. However, they witnessed an unfortunate loss against Tottenham before they won their last game against Aston Villa. Pep will be motivating his players by giving the example of the FA Cup win against the hosts.
John Stones is still out injured but Nathan Ake is expected to return. Haaland might not be part of the game because of his injury in the last game.
Predicted Lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Alvarez
Both the teams are evenly matched and this will be the first time they both are meeting for a Premier League game this season. Although City are a better team on paper, Arsenal’s home form has been wonderful this season.