Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Date: 31st March 2024

Kick-off time – 16:30 GMT

The Premier League title race heats up this Sunday when league leaders Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium to face defending champions Manchester City.

The Cityzens are part of a three-horse race for the title, but they still come into this tie as favourites given their rich recent history. Pep Guardiola’s side have won the last three league titles and are looking to become the first team to win four in a row in England.

On their way this Sunday is Arsenal and Pep’s former assistant Mikel Arteta who has already masterminded some impressive performances over City this season however the hosts should be the favourites here as they come into this fixture on an active 22-match unbeaten streak in all competitions (W19, D3). Moreso, the fact that they play at the Etihad Stadium suits them down to the ground as they’re unbeaten in a whopping 38 competitive matches there (W33, D5)—a sequence that includes two H2H successes.

However, Arsenal are a team in superb form and will not fear City. The Gunners are on an eight-game winning run in the league, leaving them one point clear at the top of the league table. This match at the Etihad will be their biggest test yet, as they lost here 4-1 last season when they were top of the table. Their woeful record on this ground goes way back, too, as the last time Arsenal won here was in 2015 when current manager Mikel Arteta was still a player for them (D1, L8 since).

The visitors will, therefore, be looking to show the progress they’ve made this time around. Away matches have become their speciality in recent weeks as Arsenal are the first team in English football history to win three straight league outings on the road by 5+ goals.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Premier League Fixtures:

April 20, 2024
Luton Town 15:00 Brentford
Sheffield United 15:00 Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:30 Arsenal
April 21, 2024
Everton 13:30 Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 15:00 West Ham United
Fulham 16:30 Liverpool
April 23, 2024
Arsenal 20:00 Chelsea
April 24, 2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:45 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 20:00 Newcastle United
Everton 20:00 Liverpool
Manchester United 20:00 Sheffield United
April 25, 2024
Brighton & Hov… 20:00 Manchester City
April 27, 2024
West Ham United 12:30 Liverpool
Fulham 15:00 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 15:00 Burnley
Newcastle United 15:00 Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Luton Town
Everton 17:30 Brentford
Aston Villa 20:00 Chelsea

Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Manchester City 32 22 7 3 76 32 +44 73
2 Arsenal 32 22 5 5 75 26 +49 71
3 Liverpool 32 21 8 3 72 31 +41 71
4 Aston Villa 33 19 6 8 68 49 +19 63
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 6 8 65 49 +16 60
6 Newcastle United 32 15 5 12 69 52 +17 50
7 Manchester United 32 15 5 12 47 48 -1 50
8 West Ham United 33 13 9 11 52 58 -6 48
9 Chelsea 31 13 8 10 61 52 +9 47
10 Brighton & Hov… 32 11 11 10 52 50 +2 44
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 12 7 13 46 51 -5 43
12 Fulham 33 12 6 15 49 51 -2 42
13 AFC Bournemouth 32 11 9 12 47 57 -10 42
14 Crystal Palace 32 8 9 15 37 54 -17 33
15 Brentford 33 8 8 17 47 58 -11 32
16 Everton 32 9 8 15 32 48 -16 27
17 Nottingham Forest 33 7 9 17 42 58 -16 26
18 Luton Town 33 6 7 20 46 70 -24 25
19 Burnley 33 4 8 21 33 68 -35 20
20 Sheffield United 32 3 7 22 30 84 -54 16

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