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Manchester City v Arsenal: FA Cup Semi Final, Preview, Team News and Prediction

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Pep and his men look for another final.

Manchester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

The FA Cup nears its conclusion! This time City face a big familiar for in London.

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Time and Date: Saturday, 18th of June 2020, kick off at 7.45pm (UK), 2.45pm (EST)

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett & Marc Perry

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

VAR: Craig Pawson

AVAR: Gary Beswick

TV Info: BBC 1 (UK), ESPN+ (USA), SPORTSNET(Canada)

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Preview

These two clubs met on June 17 in what was the first day of soccer’s return in England with Premier League play, and City took home a 3-0 victory while Arsenal failed to record a shot. Since then, the Gunners have shown improved somewhat, winning five of their last seven, including a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Wednesday.

It will be a manager war between Pep Guardiola and former pupil Mikel Arteta.

Team News

City:

Sergio Aguero remains sidelined, while Claudio Bravo and Joao Cancelo both out with muscular issues.

Arsenal:

Bernd Leno (knee injury), Calum Chambers (knee injury), Gabriel Martinelli (knee injury). Mesut Ozil (back problem) and Pablo Mari (ankle) are all ruled out.

Matteo Guendozi is unlikely to feature and Edward Nketiah is suspended.

Prediction

City are the FA Cup holders and I am sure they will take this seriously. Whatever team they put out, it will be too strong for Arsenal. City win easily.

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal