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Man City vs Arsenal: Preview, predictions and lineups

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The current champions come up against the current leaders, with Liverpool watching on very closely after their match against Brighton earlier in the day. Any of those three teams could be top of the table come the end of Sunday’s action.

The build-up to the game has been dominated by injuries to important Man City players, with the international break proving to be very costly for the Cityzens. That puts the pressure back on Arsenal to beat a weakened City team and take real charge of the title race.

Here is 90min’s preview of Man City vs Arsenal.

What time does Man City vs Arsenal kick-off?

  • Location: Manchester, England
  • Stadium: Etihad Stadium
  • Date: Sunday 31 March
  • Kick-off Time: 16:30 BST / 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • VAR: Jarred Gillett

Man City vs Arsenal H2H Record (Last Five Games)

Man City: 3 wins

Arsenal: 1 win

Draws: 1

Man City team news

The international break was something of a sickener for Pep Guardiola, as he saw two of his best defenders suffer injuries that have ruled them out of this game. John Stones and Kyle Walker were both injured on international duty and both would likely have started here.

Luckily, Manuel Akanji’s potential injury seems to be minor and should be fit enough to feature, whilst there is a good chance that Ederson will return between the sticks after his recent issue. Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish are fit enough to play, whilst a late call will have to be made on Matheus Nunes.

Arsenal team news

The international break did not make for good viewing from an Arsenal perspective either. Bukayo Saka withdrew from the England squad with an issue but he should be able to start, while Gabriel Magalhaes is in the same position.

Gabriel Martinelli has been recovering from a foot injury and he is expected to start, although it may be touch and go. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR this week and should both be fit enough for the bench.

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