Hit with yet another derby day defeat against Manchester United over the weekend, City will look to simply make a return to winning ways when they host a resurging Arsenal at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Watching their five-match winning run come to an abrupt end at Old Trafford and with Liverpool now potentially days from lifting their first Premier League title, Pep Guardiola’s men have almost fully turned their attention to Champions League success.
On the flip side, while Arsenal may have picked up a generous victory against the Hammers over the weekend, Mikel Arteta’s men have won their last three matches on the bounce and the Spaniard will be looking to get one over on his former mentor in midweek.
While City might be coming off the back of a derby day hammering on Sunday, the soon to be former champions do hold a stellar record against Wednesday’s guests.
Picking up a 3-0 win at the Emirates earlier in the season, the Sky Blues have won their last six straight matches against the Gunners, scoring a trio of goals in all bar one of those victories. You might be interested to know that City can be found priced at 1/1 with Bet365 to once again bag over 2.5 goals in midweek.
“It was not acceptable”
Hit with a 2-0 defeat against their cross-town rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday and almost stuck in Premier League limbo, it is no surprise that the soon to be former champions have their attentions focused on lifting a first Champions League title this year.
With midfielder Bernardo Silva branding their derby day defeat as “not acceptable”, Pep Guardiola has seen his side continue to show some worrying issues at the back.
With key defender Aymeric Laporte still unavailable and failing to replace former skipper Vincent Kompany, Wednesday’s hosts have recorded just two clean sheets in their last eight Premier League appearances at the Etihad.
You might be interested to know that the former Barcelona boss finds his side priced at 8/15 with William Hill to once again have their defence breached in Manchester.
Elsewhere, after missing their Old Trafford defeat over the weekend with a mild shoulder injury, talisman Kevin De Bruyne is set to return to Guardiola’s starting XI in midweek and could be joined by Gabriel Jesus who is likely to replace Sergio Aguero who is seen to be a doubt.
A return for Lacazette?
While a season-best display from #1 keeper Bernd Leno may have helped Arsenal pick up what most would call an unjust 1-0 win against West Ham over the weekend, Arsenal have won their last three matches on the bounce and are enjoying an unbeaten Premier League run that stemmed back to the 29th of December.
Reigniting their outside top-four ambitions and Mikel Arteta promising that he has seen a string of improvements since making the move from the Etihad, one man who could be set to return from the start on Wednesday night is Saturday’s hero, Alexandre Lacazette.
Coming off the bench and grabbing a late VAR assisted winner against the Hammers last time out, the 28-year-old has found the net in back-to-back Premier League appearances and has recorded a goal in three of his last four matches across all competitions.
With Arteta praising the Frenchman’s role in his squad after having to settle for a place among the substitutes, Lacazette will likely lead the line alongside strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Etihad and can be found priced at 21/10 with Paddy Power to extend on his recent purple patch on Wednesday night.