Leading and single unbeaten leader in the 2017/2018 English Premier League season the Manchester City has a classic on its agenda in the eleventh round. This Sunday, November 5, will face Arsenal. The game is scheduled for Ethirad Stadium in London, and is scheduled to start at 12:15 a.m.
The recent performance of Manchester City
On Wednesday, November 1, Manchester City achieved an important result. After playing out against Napoli at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, he reacted and won the match 4-2. He thus managed to score 12 points in Group F of the European Champions League and is qualified for the round of 16 with two rounds of anticipation.
Good news for coach Pepe Guardiola, who made the remaining two games ‘luxury friendly’. This will allow you to test athletes who are not used regularly among the starters and spare the players who show the greatest physical wear and tear.
This is especially important due to the intense year-end schedule that the English Championship presents. Unlike the other major national leagues in Europe that have their schedule suspended between the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Premier League holds three rounds in that period. Thus, the physical conditioning is worth almost as much as the technical quality of the teams.
It’s an extra advantage for a team that makes a spectacular start to the season. Of the 30 points disputed, the City added 28 (ten victories and one defeat). They are five more than Manchester United, vice-leader.
The Manchester Blues do not know what it is to lose an official match since April 5, when they were beaten by Chelsea in London by 2 to 1, still in the 2016/2017 English League season. Since then, he has played 25 games. He won 20 of them and tied for five.
To face Arsenal, Guardiola still can not count on defenders Vincent Kompany (three Premier League games 2017/2018, no goal) and Benjamin Mendy (four games without a goal), who are injured.
The current form of Arsenal
Arsenal had one day less to prepare for the classic. As it is in the Europa League, it needed to meet on Thursday, November 2, its commitment for the fourth round group stage. At home, he faced Serbia’s Red Star. It was in the goalless draw. Enough to ensure qualification for the next phase.
As he has been doing since the start of the continental tournament, coach Arséne Wenger did not use the main team. Preserved his most important athletes for the classic field-warped reserves to face the Serbian team.
After a tentative start, Arsenal won two straight victories in the Premier League. In the ninth round, they thrashed Everton in Liverpool 5-2. Next in London, made 2-1 at Swansea. It was enough for the team to enter the qualifying zone for European tournaments. With 19 points (six wins, one draw and three losses), started the eleventh round in fifth place.
The team’s lineup for the important classic against the leader will pass through the medical department. There are some players in injury treatment who are fundamental to the Wenger team. Among the injured are defenders Sead Kolasinac (nine games in English Championship 2017/2018, one goal) and Shkodran Mustafi (five games, no goal); the midfielder Mesut Ozil (eight games, one goal); and attackers Alexandre Lacazette (ten games, five goals), Alexis Sanchez (seven games, one goal) and Danny Welbbeck (six games, three goals).
History of the bouts between Manchester City and Arsenal
The teams played four games the previous season. The only defeated by Arsenal was a friendly. The Gunners scored 3 to 2. In the Premier League in Manchester, the Blues won 2-1. In London, they were able to draw 2-2.
The most important confrontation, however, was for the FA Cup. In the semi-finals at Wembley, there was a 1-1 draw with Arsenal winning 1-0 in overtime.
Although the great rivalry involved in the games considered classic make the technical difference between the teams less important, the fact is that City has a richer cast in options for relay and this allows the team to act with greater intensity.
Arsenal, which has slightly more limited resources, still faces some players’ bruising problems that are considered to be fundamental. Even if some of them are released, they will hardly be in the best of their physical fitness.
So the guess at home owners is the best option for the game. Has a price of 1.44 in Bet365. Draw draws back to 4.50 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 6.50.