On Wednesday, June 17, there will be a duel of the 28th round of the English football championship, in which Manchester City will host Arsenal. The match will be held in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium.
Finally, football returns to England. The submarine is the last of the top championships to resume after the coronavirus pandemic. On the first day of the restart, football fans will see an excellent confrontation between Manchester City and Arsenal.
In a tournament situation, these teams are in different positions and have different tasks. But this meeting is interesting as a coaching duel. Josep Guardiola against his former assistant Mikel Arteta. Pupil versus teacher. It is always intriguing.
Manchester City paused in the season hopelessly behind the leading Liverpool. The gap of 25 points leaves no chance for the Guardiola team in the fight for the title. A place in the top 4 is also unlikely to get anywhere from the “citizens”. Therefore, the team will devote all its attention to the Champions League. However, it is still unknown when the Champions League will resume, so all the attention of the team should be focused on the championship. City need to get in shape before the decisive matches.
On the form and previous matches can not speak. After all, all the teams played back in March, all were on an equal footing.
If the position of City in the championship is more or less stable, then in Arsenal the whole struggle is ahead. Mikel’s wards Arteta settled in 9th place in the standings, behind the fourth place by 8 points, having the game in stock. For the remaining rounds, the “gunners” have practically no right to make a mistake if they want to get into the Champions League. But a more logical option would be the location of Londoners in the Europa League zone. However, Arsenal will fight.
Note that the next three of four matches in the championship, Arsenal will play away. Gunners’ houses will play in July against Norwich. On the other hand, now all matches will be held without spectators, so the factor of fans does not mean anything. Arsenal are not playing very well away. Only six teams in England score less away than Arsenal. On the other hand, wards of the Artets are not a simple rival for home teams. The last time away Arsenal lost in November. After that, the team drew six times and won once.
In this match, Manchester City is a clear favorite for bookmaker quotes. The team has a better and more balanced composition, which this season demonstrates more stable results. But quarantine could equalize everything, so you should not expect a rout.
Manchester City: Ederson Santana de Moraes, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendi, De Bruyne, Rodry, Gundogan, Marez, Aguero, Sterling.
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Marie, Louis, Tierney, Ceballos, Jacques, Pepe, Ozil, Obameyang, Lacazette.