ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY – ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
December 21 2015, Emirates Stadium, London 20:00 GMT +0
This will be a very interesting match between two of the teams who are candidates for winning EPL. 2nd placed Arsenal will host 3rd placed Manchester City, who are just 1 point behind today’s opponents.
Both of the teams have shown us they have some problems in the back line, as the defense is not as solid as it could be. But Manchester City will draw he short line today as they are missing a key man in the back; Vincent Kompany.
Arsenal played very well in EPL and in Champions league, as they advanced into the next stage. In EPL they haven’t lost in the last 3 games, the last loss was against West Brom a month ago (2:1). Arsenal has shown, that they do not let their guests to win at Emirates Stadium, where they have won 6 last matches, at home they beat Everton, Man United and Bayern Munich. There is no doubt they have been improving lately, playing better and more organised on the pitch, still this match will test Arsenal’s squad.
Manchester City has a decent form, winning 4 of the last 5 matches, but they aren’t as good when it comes to away games, as they have won only 1 game out of 4 on the road, so that won’t work in their favor today when they face off Arsenal on their home pitch. The fact, Man City hasn’t scored in the last 3 away games only shows they struggle away from home. Looking at the previous games, Man City had barely won against Swansea, with late goal and surprisingly lost when visiting Stoke city, and if they do not improve today they will go home empty handed.
Looking at previous match ups between these two teams, Manchester City has not won since 14.12.2013, with 4 matches since then ending in 2 wins for Arsenal and 2 draws. So if that shows anything, this match shouldn’t be any different.
Both of the teams are missing some players,
Arsenal: Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck, Coquelin, Cazorla and Sanchez, whos appearance today is doubtful, as Arsene Wenger said there is a slim chance he will play today.
Man City: Zabaleta, Nasri, Kompany and Fernando.
All in all Arsenal are a slight favorites in this match, so I would pick them to win today.
Prediction: Arsenal -0.25
Odds: 2.08 PINNACLE