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Manchester City v Arsenal: Preview, Team News and Prediction

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The Premier League is back after a seemingly eternal international break. Manchester City’s game Saturday v Arsenal

A match filled with plenty of story lines, Arteta v Guardiola, teacher v student and similar philosophies will make for a fantastic game.

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Time and Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020 kick off at 17.30 pm (UK), 12.30 pm (EST)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis, Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Stuart Attwell

Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (USA), DAZN (Canada)

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Preview

City have won three of our five games in all competitions before the international break, suffering a defeat against Leicester City and drawing with Leeds United in the last match before domestic action paused.

Arsenal lost just once in their opening six games, a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League. They come into this contest sitting in fourth position in the table.

A great game between traditional ‘top 6’ sides should make for a great one.

Team News

Kevin De Bruyne will miss the game with Arsenal after picking up a knock with Belgium against England.

Sergio Aguero (knee) is back in training but is questionable for this game.

Raheem Sterling will face a late fitness test per City.

Oleksandr Zinchenko also remains side-lined and Gabriel Jesus (muscular) will also miss the game as he recovers from a muscle injury.

City will welcome back Joao Cancelo from the foot problem that kept him out of our opening games and Bernardo, both of whom played for Portugal last week.

Arsenal will be without Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (both knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring).

Prediction

A back and forth game that should feature some goals. I do think City’s quality in midfield will be the difference. Pep will know what Arteta is thinking and that should help.

Manchester City 3-2 Arsenal