Competition/Round: 2018/19 English Premier League Season – Matchday 25
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Stephen Child, Lee Betts
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (UK); NBCSN (USA)
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Radio: BBC Radio Manchester (UK); TalkSport Radio World, SiriusXM FC (USA)
Manchester City will be put to the test as they host Arsenal on Sunday.
The contest between these two sides will be very different compared to their first encounter earlier this season. On the opening day of the 2018/19 English Premier League season, the Blues waltzed to a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. A slump in their performance in December, however, has seen them concede the EPL’s top spot to Liverpool. Moreover, the Blues suffered a major setback as they were shocked by Newcastle on Tuesday. They cannot afford another mistake in their title defense.
Arsenal are also a different side. Following their previous encounter in August, the Gunners are finding their way under their new manager. Having recently defeated Chelsea and Cardiff City, the Gunners have slowly crept into the top four spot. An away victory on Sunday would surely derail City’s title hopes whilst aiding Arsenal toward a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Manchester City’s long term absentee Claudio Bravo remains injured and will not feature in this match. Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy, who have minor knocks, are in doubt.
Arsenal have also been hit by a series of injuries. Danny Welbeck, Héctor Bellerin, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos will all be absent for this match.
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner, Kolašinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Ramsey, Iwobi; Lacazette
Manager: Unai Emery
This upcoming February will define Manchester City’s season. Over the span of 28 days, City will play seven matches in four competitions, equating to a game every four days. Fatigue seems to have caught up with the Blues, and should they slip up against Arsenal this weekend, it is likely Liverpool will win the 2018/19 EPL title.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will give this match their all as they seek to gain ground in the EPL’s top four. A victory would bring them one step closer to UEFA Champions League football next season, and having been eliminated from the EFL “Carabao” Cup and FA Cup, the Gunners will divert their energy toward this goal.
With these stakes in mind, both sides will look to win this match, but ultimately neither side will prevail.
Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal