Manchester City and Arsenal contest one of the English Premier League matches of the weekend as they clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
It’s also the latest meeting of coaches Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, with the latter having split from his countryman to take the top job with the Gunners last season.
City are already playing catch-up after an underwhelming start to the new EPL season.
Last season’s runners-up scrambled a 1-1 draw at Marcelo Bielsa’s promoted Leeds a fortnight ago, representing an improvement from a shock 5-2 home thrashing by Leicester.
It leaves Guardiola’s side an unpromising 14th in the table, albeit with a game in hand at this early stage.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus could be joined on the sidelines by Kevin de Bruyne, who pulled out of the Belgium squad last week.
City may also be without Raheem Sterling, who has been nursing a hamstring niggle.
Arsenal are fourth in the standings with a loss at reigning champions Liverpool their only blemish so far.
The Gunners pipped last season’s surprise package Sheffield United for a 2-1 win going into the international break.
Deadline day signing Thomas Partey could be in line for his Premier League debut, while Kieran Tierney may be forced to self-isolate following his Scotland duties.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling.
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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