The central match of the fifth round of the Premier League will take place on October 17, 2020 at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City and Arsenal will play. Bookmakers consider the hosts to be an obvious favorite, but will the guests fight back? – the answer will be given by our forecast for the fight.
Another failure in the Champions League affected the general condition of the “citizens”, who took an unconvincing start in the new season of the Premier League. Yes, Josep Guardiola’s team beat Wolverhampton (3: 1) in the opening round, but then two inexpressive matches followed, in which the townspeople got hold of only one point.
First, City lost to Leicester at home (2: 5), showing a failed game in defense. Then the ambiguous state of the team was taken advantage of by Leeds, who managed to score points in the home meeting (1: 1).
Arsenal have played one more game than their upcoming rival. Wards Mikel Arteta have a maximum in the confrontation with “Fulham” (3: 0) and “West Ham” (2: 1), and then went on a visit to the champion of England.
In the away meeting against Liverpool, the London team lost 1: 3, although they opened the scoring first in the match. Before leaving for half-time, the Gunners predictably beat Sheffield United at home (2-1).
With nine points to their credit, the guests share the second position in the Premier League standings with Liverpool, Leicester and Aston Villa.
City have had two defeats in five previous home games
Manchester City have conceded goals in their last four home games
Arsenal have scored goals in 8 of their last 9 matches at Etihad Stadium
07/18/20 Arsenal Manchester city 20
06/17/20 Manchester city Arsenal thirty
12/15/19 Arsenal Manchester city 0: 3
02/03/19 Manchester city Arsenal 3: 1
08/12/18 Arsenal Manchester city 0: 2
For the upcoming match, “Manchester City” is coming up without two main forwards. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus remain in their team’s infirmary. There they are accompanied by Raheem Sterling, and the participation of Kevin De Bruyne remains a huge question.
The personnel losses at Arsenal are much more modest, which showed good football and results before the break. In our opinion, the guests today will be able to give a worthy rebuff to their rival and, at least, will not lose much, which is what the unconvincing play of the “townspeople” has in defense.
Our prediction is that Arsenal will win, taking into account the handicap (+1.5), with odds of 1.67 at the Marafonbet bookmaker.