Date: 3rd February 2019 at 12:10pm
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With a massive midweek disappointment from City with a 2-1 loss to 14th place Newcastle, the pressure is once again mounted on their shoulders as they continue their pursuit of league leaders, Liverpool. This game would undoubtedly be considered one of the most vital games for this season’s title race and for City,anything less than a win would put their 4th Premier League title even slightly further out of reach.

What is it that City were lacking on Tuesday? There hasn’t been a glaringly obvious issue this season and it’s even more concerning due to the fact they’ve only had two real injuries to first team players in recent months (Vincent Kompany- Muscle, Benjamin Mendy- Meniscus). City will be looking to capitalize on a very makeshift Arsenal back line with long-term injuries to Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (both ACL)and Sokratis (ankle).

Above shown is Benjamin Mendy in his first game back vs Burton Albion 23/01/19

Laurent Koscielny will also be a doubt after suffering a jaw injury in their recent loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup, but he has resumed full training and would almost be expected to be in the squad purely down to a huge lack of defensive back up in the Arsenal squad.

In the two previous meetings between City and Arsenal at the City of Manchester stadium, City have walked away victors but Arsenal have scored in every fixture since their meeting in December 2011. It’d be seriously unreasonable to rule out a City bounce back after the defeat in mid-week and with exception of a home defeat to Crystal Palace they’ve won every single home Premier League fixture this season. On the other hand, Arsenal’s away form leaves much to be much to be desired, with 15 points from a possible 33 and no wins in their last 5.

Expectations for the line up are printed below with a couple of alternate options:

Based on all current form, recent meetings, injury news, it’s very hard to think City will walk away without a win, there’s plenty of value in the betting markets but here is my requested bet with SkyBet.

This can be found at https://m.skybet.com/football/premier-league/event/23431353

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