Manchester City and Arsenal meet at Etihad Stadium, in a match for the 11 th round of the Premier League. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, in 18 -12-2016, for the Premier League, Manchester City won by (2-1). L. Sané (47 ‘) and R. Sterling (71’) scored the goals of the match for Manchester City and T. Walcott (5 ‘) for Arsenal. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 1st and 5th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 3rd classified in home matches and the 13th as a visitor.
Manchester City :
The home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 28 points won, after 9 wins and 1 draw. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Burnley, by (3-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against West Bromwich Albion, by (2-3). Interestingly, this is a team that has had more positive results outside of its stadium, since it has won 15 points in away matches and only 13 at its stadium. The team comes to this match after an away win against Napoli by (2-4). For the championship, Manchester City won 13 points out of 15 possible, after 4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 home matches.
For this competition, it records a sequence of 4 wins in the last home matches and did not lose any of the last 10 games. Their offense has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 38 of the last 55 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. The team usually has no problem opening the scoring: scored the first goal in 8 of the last 10 games for the Premier League, of these 8 came to rest in advantage in 6 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
Manchester City is making a great campaign in the English championship, which leads with a 5-point lead over the biggest rival, Manchester United. In addition, it is the only team that has not yet lost after 10 days, comes from 8 consecutive victories and wants to maintain the optimal phase to continue calm in the first position. The secret to the great performance so far has been the optimal balance between the offensive and defensive sectors, since he scored 35 goals, clearly being the best attack of the national championship, and suffered 6 goals, having the second best defense. Manchester City is one of the 2 teams that have won all their matches and it is important to point out that it is the team that scored the most goals at home, with an incredible 21 goals scored in 5 matches. For the match against Arsenal, the coach Pep Guardiola has no problems in the team that has been acting as a starter and goes to the field in maximum strength.
After 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, the away team is currently in the 5 th position, with 19 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Everton, by (2-5). In the last match, they won in a home match against Swansea City, by (2-1). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they have won 15 points, against only 4 in their away games. In the last match they played for the UEFA Europa League, they got a draw with Crvena Zvezda at home (0-0). In the last 5 away league matches Arsenal has a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 4 points out of 15 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 37 of the last 56 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 10 matches in this competition, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback by 2.
Arsenal, little by little, have risen in performance in the English championship, won 4 of their last 5 matches and want to maintain the good phase to try to reach the qualifying zone for the next edition of the Champions League, as it seems Unlikely that the team can fight for the title. The visitor is characterized by an attack of good efficiency, which scored 19 goals and is the third best of the national championship, while the defense has presented some problems, because he suffered 13 goals and is the ninth weakest, showing that it is necessary to have greater solidity in the defensive system, especially for the next confrontation with the speedy offensive system of Manchester City. The Arsenal has encountered difficulties, so much that it has conquered only 27% of the points played and it is important to point out that it is the sixth team that scored the most goals as a visitor, with 9 goals in 5 matches. For the match against Manchester City, coach Arsène Wenger must repeat the same eleven that he won at Swansea City on the last day.
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