The FA Cup is back in action this week with another round of knockout games. On Friday, Manchester City will play an important game against Mikel Arteta’s impressive Arsenal team at the Etihad Stadium. The Premier League’s second-place team, Manchester City, has not performed at its best so far this season.
The visitors, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers with ease by a score of 3-0, will be optimistic going into this match. On the other hand, Arsenal is currently at the top of the league and has performed exceptionally well thus far this season.
In their previous match, Arsenal defeated Manchester United 3-2, a crucial victory that they will attempt to replicate this week.
This season, Arsenal has performed admirably under Mikel Arteta and will be determined to win trophies in the coming weeks. The matchup between Arsenal and Pep Guardiola will be viewed as the ideal opportunity for the Gunners to make amends after previous struggles.
Despite their difficulties this season, Manchester City may one day be virtually unstoppable. However, Arsenal is playing better and has a slight advantage going into this match.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-3 Arsenal
Arsenal has won 98 of the last 205 games they’ve played against Manchester City, compared to Man City’s 62 victories, which is a predicably good record. Under Pep Guardiola’s leadership, Manchester City has won 13 of their 16 matches against Arsenal in all competitions; only Burnley has a better record in this regard.
In the FA Cup, Arsenal has won each of their last four games against Manchester City, reaching the final on each occasion when they defeated the Citizens. Manchester City has scored at least three goals in each of their last nine FA Cup matches played at the Etihad Stadium, netting a total of 40 goals in that span.
Arsenal has not lost consecutive games in the FA Cup since 2011 when they lost to a Premier League opponent by a score of 1-0.
Phil Foden’s absence from Man City’s match with Wolves was revealed by Guardiola to be caused by a foot injury, and it remains to be seen whether the attacker will be able to return to the matchday squad here. Given the absence of midweek action, the hosts are expected to name a strong starting XI, with Haaland continuing to lead the line after rediscovering his golden touch.
The hosts are otherwise well-stocked. However, Stefan Ortega will hope to replace Ederson in goal, and Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva, who only made the bench against the Wolves, should also have strong chances of returning.
The ITVX app and website allow fans to live stream the game online as well. After the final whistle, highlights will also be shown on the website and online, and extended highlights will be shown on the official FA Cup YouTube channel.
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