So far this season, Pep Guardiola has barely put a foot wrong. The Spanish tactician’s second campaign in England has been unmitigated success, with his side’s stunning football propelling them to top spot in the Premier League and setting a marker for all challengers.
In current form, few would want to take on this City side, but that is the unenviable task facing Arsenal. They arrive at The Etihad with just 1 win from 5 away games in the Premier League this term, but with the undoubted quality within their ranks that ensured they must not be taken lightly.
With that in mind, it’s absolutely vital that Pep gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||5||3 / 1|
|3||0||0 / 0|
|3||0||5 / 0|
|1||1||1 / 0|
|2||1||4 / 0|
|2||9||2 / 0|
|1||8||1 / 0|
|10||2||3 / 0|
|8||7||3 / 0|
|9||3||0 / 0|
|Totals||39||36||22 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
City have looked strong defensively so far this term, with John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi forming a surprisingly solid partnership at center back. The equally surprising Fabian Delph looks set to return at left back, adding dynamism and quality on the ball.
There can surely be no more creative midfield duo in European football right now than Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, and they will certainly keep their places in the side. The pair of started 64 times together previously, with City averaging 2.5 goals per game across that period.
And finally, record-breaking Sergio Agüero. The Argentine became City’s all-time top scorer in midweek and will look to extend that record here, helped by the increasingly impressive Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané.
Overall, it’s a stunningly impressive side and one which looks more than capable of claiming all 3 points here. With massive odds of 20/1 available on a City win to new Betfair customers, there’s only one bet to make.