STAR PREVIEW Sun: Arsenal v Man City

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the most in form side in European football and they can beat Arsenal at the Emirates this afternoon to basically rubber stamp the Premier League title. Such a sentence may seem extraordinary but if City – a best price of 40/85 with starsports.bet – take three points from the Emirates today then they’ll be a minimum of ten points clear regardless of results involving Manchester United and Leicester – and only twice has a team with a 10-point lead failed to win the title in the Premier League era — Manchester United in 1997/98 and Newcastle in 1995/96.

Arsenal v Man City
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
DEC 2020 EFL CUP Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
JUL 2020 FA CUP Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
AUG 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City
MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

There’s no solid reason to oppose the visitors today. A 3-1 win at Everton in midweek made it 16 wins in all competitions, and 12 success wins in the league. Included in that streak are successes at Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton on the road whilst they’ve also won at Manchester United in the EFL Cup, and during that run of games they’ve conceded just four goals.

Tactically they’ve adapted wonderfully well to the absence of Kevin de Bryune and Sergio Augero, with Ilkay Gundogan thriving in a gonzo role from midfield with 11 goals in 12 Premier League games, whilst Phil Foden has hit new heights in his attacking role with seven goals during City’s incredible run.

The bedrock of this progress has been the wonderful form of Reuben Diaz – and the improvement of John Stones alongside him – but Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez have also impressed too and between them they’ve proven too strong for each defence they’ve come up against.

Arsenal are a vastly improved side on the outfit that lost 4-1 in the EFL Cup semi-final when the two last met in December – Mikel Arteta’s side have been invigorated thanks to the emergence of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should arrive with confidence after his hat-trick against Leeds – but their progress has stalled recently with losses to Wolves and Aston Villa alongside a draw against Benfica in the Europa League, and Manchester City should prove too strong for the hosts. Guardiola’s men have beaten a one goal handicap in their last five wins and can do the same again today.

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