Preview - Manchester City vs Arsenal 04 February 19

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Feb 02, 2019, 05:07 AM Last Edit: Feb 02, 2019, 05:27 AM by Harry85
Match Day 25
Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Monday, February 4th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.63
Average goals against per match: 0.79
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (11)

Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals against per match: 2.08
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (15)

The standout fixture on Match Day 25 in the Premier League undoubtedly comes at the Etihad as second placed Manchester City look to bounce back from that surprising defeat to Newcastle with a win over fourth placed Arsenal. Having just forced their way back into the Champion's League positions though, the Gunners are likely to give City plenty to think about here.

City will be looking to replicate their performance from the first clash between the sides this season, when coming away from the Emirates with all three points courtesy of a 2-0 win. City were also two goals superior to Arsenal in this game last season - winning 3-1.

Vincent Kompany, Eliaguim Mangala and Claudio Bravo are all out for the home side. Arsenal must do without Sokratis, Héctor Bellerín, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

City have now lost four of their last eight in the Premier League. An almost unprecedented run considering how dominant they were last season and in the first half of the current campaign. Their record here at home is formidable though, with only two defeats in their past 43 in the league. They have scored two or more goals in each of their past 13.

Arsenal also head into this game with only four wins in their past eight. Excellent against Chelsea, they were very average against Cardiff in midweek and will surely need to up their levels here. Beaten at West Ham in their most recent away game, they are now without a win in their last five on the road.

We are expecting a Manchester City backlash in this one. Given Arsenal's problems at the back it's tough to see them keeping the Citizens contained and we will take a relatively comfortable home win.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 1 Arsenal


Half time:  2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  16 - 4
Shots on target: 13 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 58% - 42%

Just the one booking for each side at the Etihad, with referee Martin Atkinson taking the names of Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Lucas Torreira of Arsenal.

It was always likely that City would bounce back from that midweek disappointment at Newcastle sooner rather than later, and they did so at the first time of asking when completely outclassing Arsenal here. If anything this was way more comfortable than the final score-line would suggest.

There was no hanging around here, with two goals in the opening eleven minutes. It was City who struck first in the very first minute. Aymeric Laporte doing well to win the ball on the right corner of the eighteen yard box and play in a cross to be met with a stooping diving header from Sergio Aguero into the left hand side via a slight touch from Bernd Leno.

Ten minutes later the Gunners were back on level terms. A corner from the left-hand side being flicked on by Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny finishing with a diving header from only a yard or so.

City regained the lead in the 44th minute. Lovely goal this one, City working the ball from right to left, Ilkay Gundogan dinking the ball over the defence to find Raheem Sterling who sent a first time cross across goal for Sergio Aguero to tap in from a yard. 2-1 at the break.

City were the better side in the first half, but at least Arsenal were in the game. That wasn't the case after the break as Unai Emery's men failed to register a single effort on goal of any description.

City's third arrived in the 61st minute. Raheem Sterling dancing into the left-hand side of the area and playing in another low cross. Aguero grabbing his tenth Premier League hat-trick with a scruffy sliding finish which did have a hint of handball about it. 3-1 final score.

City back up to second and two points behind Liverpool ahead of the Reds clash with West Ham. Arsenal drop down to sixth, one point behind Manchester United.

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