Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus
Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez
The leaders in the Premier League, Manchester City, have great results so far. They are the only unbeaten team in the season and dropped only two points since the beginning of the season, so with 28 points have five points advantage in front of Manchester United. Everton are the only side which took one point in the game with them. The Citizens have eight victories in row and hope to continue with that trend. They are superior in efficiency over other teams and have 16 more scored goals than Arsenal who are on third position by efficiency. Seven from the last eight matches which Manchester City played have ended with Over 2.5 goals. They showed variety of attacking options, so it will be a real challenge for Arsenal to stop them. Kun Aguero (7 goals) and Raheem Sterling (7 goals) are the most efficient, then followed Sane and Jesus with six scored goals. Their last league match was against West Bromwich, while previously achieved victories over Burnley and Stoke City. The mentioned three matches have produced a total of 17 goals and two of them finished with Over 3.5 goals. Here are the results:
28.10.2017. West Bromwich v Manchester City 2:3
21.10.2017. Manchester City v Burnley 3:0
14.10.2017. Manchester City v Stoke City 7:2
Manchester City were high efficient in the last Champions League match when they managed to beat Napoli with 4:2 in Italy. Manager Pep Guardiola can not count on injured Vincent Kompany for this match. He is expected to return in training soon. Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.
Arsenal currently sit on the fifth position with 19 points, nine less than Manchester City. They suffered three defeats so far, two in the first month of this season, from Stoke City and Liverpool, while the last one to Watford three rounds ago. All three defeats came away from home and that's a concerning fact. The Gunners have collected only four points on road so far, while their home record is great with all five victories so far. Their defeat to Watford spoiled the atmosphere in the squad. However, something else is important for my pick - the last matches were efficient and have produced 13 goals. Here are the last results:
28.10.2017. Arsenal v Swansea 2:1
22.10.2017. Everton v Arsenal 2:5
14.10.2017. Watford v Arsenal 2:1
Sead Kolasinac, David Ospina and Calum Chambers have returned to training, but remain doubtful for this match. Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi are expect to return after the international break, while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction:
Manchester City are the most efficient side with 35 scored goals in ten matches, while Arsenal improved their efficiency in the last five matches when scored 12 goals. I expect an interesting match at Etihad. According to me, the derby should be a high scoring match with at least four goals.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Pick: Over 3.5 goals