Premier League fans, brace yourselves for one of the most thrilling games of the season as Manchester City vs Arsenal clash in a match that could very well define their respective campaigns. With just a few games left to play, every point counts and this match might be the deciding factor in who emerges victorious at the end of the season.
Manchester City, who have been on a roll of late, have been closing down the gap between them and Arsenal, and are now in striking distance of the coveted top spot. Having lost just one game since February, Pep Guardiola's men are in scintillating form and have been firing on all cylinders. The team has already secured a place in the FA Cup final and UEFA Champions League semi-finals, and is now looking to complete a historic treble.
Arsenal have been a force to be reckoned with this season, having achieved a remarkable feat of collecting 50 points in just 19 games – a record-breaking performance in the club's history.
However, they have hit a bit of a rough patch lately, dropping six points in their last three league games. The pressure of securing their first title since 2004 might be getting to this young and ambitious team.
Despite the recent setback, Mikel Arteta's men have demonstrated remarkable resilience throughout the season, and will be determined to bounce back and secure a crucial victory against Manchester City.
We expect Man City to win with an important role for Haaland.
The betting tip is...
Haaland to score a goal.
Despite having a crucial FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on the horizon, Guardiola made a bold move by resting some of his key players in that game. The likes of Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, and Diaz were given a well-deserved break, while Grealish and Haaland were withdrawn early in the match to conserve their energy for the upcoming game.
The best XI will be put on the field by Pep Guardiola. Nathan Ake remains a doubtful player due to a recent hamstring injury.
Predicted Lineup: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Dias, Laporte, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Haaland
In this pivotal match against Manchester City, Arsenal will need to bring their A-game and leave nothing to chance. A victory in this match would not only boost their confidence but also put them in a favourable position to challenge for the title. However, winning at the Etihad Stadium has proven to be a tough ask for Arsenal, as they have not emerged victorious there since 2015.
There might not be any changes to the playing 11 to the team that played against Southampton. Trossard might come on as an important substitution in the later half of the game
Predicted Lineup: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel; Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
In many ways, this game is like a Champions League final for both Manchester City and Arsenal, as the outcome of this match could have a huge impact on the rest of the season.
Manchester City have already asserted their dominance over Arsenal this season, having won in both the FA Cup and the reverse fixture at the Emirates. However, Arsenal are a team that have shown they are not afraid to rise to the challenge, especially when facing a world-class side like City. We expect City to have the edge and come out on top in what promises to be a memorable encounter.