Who will qualify for The Champions League group stage?
Last updated: May 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Etihad Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
The third position in The Premier League will provide a direct place in The Champions League group stage. Both teams are fighting for this exact position. Arsenal are lying in third position with 67 points collected, while Manchester City are fourth, just 3 points behind The Gunners.
But, Manuel Pellegrini’s players won’t be in their best condition, because of their participation in The Champions League semi-finals. So, Arsenal have an advantage. In addition, The Citizens lost 2-4 to Southampton last weekend, showing a very poor performance in defence. However, Sergio Aguero is in his usual form. The Argentinian forward has scored 5 goals in City’s last 5 matches. He will be motivated to score more goals, because the striker needs 2 more goals to equalize the league’s top scorer Harry Kane (25).
On the other hand, The Gunners are in good form. They are undefeated in their last 7 matches in The Premier League, winning 4 of them. Moreover, Arsene Wenger’s players have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 8 matches in The Premiership. Arsenal have also scored 13 goals in these games.
Jack Wilshere made his return to the pitch in the match against Sunderland, but was left on the bench against Norwich. Now, The Englishman is expected to make an appearance on the pitch again.
David Silva has a hamstring problem. The Spanish midfielder is one of City’s key players this season. He has scored 2 goals in 24 appearances.
Yaya Toure has also received an injury. The last time the Ivorian played for Manchester City was a month ago against Stoke City.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also fit. The midfielder has had a bad season. He’s only scored once in 22 appearances for The Gunners in The Premier League.
Quotes of the week
Manuel Pellegrini (Man City) : “The pressure is high.”
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “Overall, the fans, some were protesting, yes, but the big majority didn’t and were getting behind the team.”
|Manchester City (4-2-3-1):||Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Nasri, De Bruyne, Aguero.|
|Subs||Caballero, Delph, Otamendi, Sagna, Clichy, Iheanacho, Sterling.|
|Arsenal (4-2-3-1):||Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny, El Nenny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck.|
|Subs||Gibbs, Cazorla, Mertesacker, Ospina, Wilshere, Ramsey, Giroud.|
So far this season
|Manchester City this season||Arsenal this season|
|12 (7)||(at home) Wins (away)||11 (8)|
|6-1 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||4-0 vs. Watford|
|1 (6)||(at home) Draws (away)||4 (6)|
|5 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||3 (4)|
|1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham||Biggest Defeat||0-4 to Southampton|
|Aguero (23)||Top scorer||Giroud, Sanchez (12)|
|Silva (11)||Assist Leader||Ozil (18)|
|Y56, R0||Discipline||Y39, R4|
|8||Failures to score||8|
|17||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|24||Over 2.5 Games||17|
|12||Under 2.5 Games||19|
- There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 14 of Manchester City’s last 16 Premier League games at The Etihad Stadium.
- The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 league games. They have conceded 34 goals in total; their defence is one of the best in the league.
- Arsenal have recorded 4 consecutive matches with the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’. Their last three games finished with the option of ‘both teams to score – NO’.
- The last time Arsenal lost in The Premier League was on 2nd March 2016, when Swansea beat The Gunners 2-1 at The Emirates Stadium.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|21/12/15||The Premier League||Arsenal 2-1 Man City||T. Walcott 33′|
|18/01/15||The Premier League||Man City 0-2 Arsenal||Santi Cazorla (PG) 24′|
|13/09/14||The Premier League||Arsenal 2-2 Man City||S. Agüero 28′|
|10/08/14||The Community Shield||Arsenal 3-0 Man City||Santi Cazorla 21′|
|29/03/14||The Premier League||Arsenal 1-1 Man City||David Silva 18′|