Arsenal v Man.City

6:45 AM (AEDST) Friday, March 2 at Emirates Stadium, London

The last match of Round 28 in the English Premier League will take place between powerhouse sides Arsenal and league leaders Manchester City.


Likely Teams

Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Koscieiny, Mustafi; Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin; Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil.


Manchester City: Ederson; Kompany, Stones, Otamendi; Walker, Fernandinho, Sane, De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero, Jesus.



A huge 179 games have been played between these two sides with the Gunners holding a huge lead in the head to head, winning 87 games to the Citizens 48, while a further 44 games have been drawn. Last season saw Man City win the first clash 2-1 before the second game was drawn 2 all. Man City won the first clash earlier this season 3-1.



Arsenal spent plenty of time last season as one of the top 3 teams on the ladder and were looking set to challenge firmly for the top spot, but an inconsistent run home saw them drop down to fifth place on the table by the end of the year. They opened this season with a tough 4-3 win over Leicester City before surprisingly dropping their second round clash with Stoke 1-0. They were then hammered 4-0 by Liverpool before hitting back with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. After the Gunners played out a scoreless draw with Chelsea, they beat both West Brom and then Brighton 2-0 before dropping their game against the Wasps 2-1. They since beat Everton 5-2 and Swansea 2-1 before going down to Manchester City 3-1. They bounced back with a strong 2-0 win over the Spurs, 1-0 over Burnley and then flogging Huddersfield 5-0. The Gunners then lost to Man U 3-1 before scoring back to back draws with Southampton and the Hammers. Last week they toppled the lowly Newcastle 1-0. They had a 3 all draw with Liverpool prior to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace before a 1 all draw with West Brom and 2 all tie with Chelsea. The Gunners then dropped their match to Bournemouth 2-1 before scoring an impressive 4-1 win over the in form Crystal Palace before losing 3-1 to the last placed Swansea. They bounced back with a 5-1 belting of Everton before going down 1-0 to Spurs last week.


Manchester City have started this season in blistering form, sitting atop the table after 10 rounds, yet to lose a game. They won their opening League game against newly promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0. In the second round of the Premier League, Man City were surprisingly held to a 1 all draw with Everton. They survived a shock equaliser against Bournemouth to hit back with a goal and win 2-1 in Round 3. They’ve won every game since, starting with a 5-0 hiding of Liverpool, a 6-0 flogging of Watford and 5-0 thrashing of lowly Crystal Palace. They then beat defending champions Chelsea 1-0, belted Stoke 7-2 and then Burnley 3-0. They snuck home 3-2 against West Brom and then beat Arsenal 3-1 and Leicester City 2-0. They struggled against Huddersfield, Southampton and Hammers in the next three games, but won all of them by the same 2-1 scoreline. City then beat rivals Man United 2-1 before last weeks 4-0 hiding of Swansea. They then were in blistering form as they put away Spurs 4-1 and Bournemouth 4-0 before a dip produced a 1-0 win over the out of form Newcastle and then a scoreless draw with the lowly Palace. They hit back with comfortable wins over Watford 3-1 and Burnley 4-1. The Citizens suffered their first loss of the season when they fell to Liverpool 4-3, before hitting back with three straight wins against Newcastle 3-1, Cardiff 2-0 and West Brom 3-0. After they drew with Burnley 1 all, Man City belted Leicester 5-1.



Key Match-Up

Forwards – These two sides have magnificent forward line-ups and are set to have a real ding dong battle here.



The League leaders Man City will be the favourites here, but this will be a very close matchup.


Recommended Tips

Arsenal $4.20

Manchester City $1.80

Draw $4.00