Match date: 21 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Premier League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (0 AH)
| Match result:
2-1 - Won
Arsenal will host Manchester city in derby match of 17th round in English Premier league. Arsenal improved their form and they are now coming here after three consecutive victories, most recently in previous round of Premier league celebrated over Aston Villa on the road 0:2. Arsenal currently occupies 2nd position at the table and they must go for a victory in order to retain it. Arsenal showed decent performances in this season, they managed to reach knockout stage of Champions league while in league are one of main candidates for winning the title. This is very important match for them and I believe that Arsenal will give their best to win all three points in front of their fans and continue with good results in this campaign. Arsenal has 5 points and one match less than league leaders Leicester and to keep up with them they must win here. They are playing good offensive football and so far scored 29 goals and currently are third most effective team in league while conceded 13. Arsenal suffered only three defeats in league, against West Ham, Chelsea and West Brom, they had a bad start in Champions league and after four rounds had only three points but in last two games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos achieved great victories and won their placement into knockout stage. Coach Arsene Venger is still having a lot of problems with injuries and he can't count on midfielders Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla and forward Danny Welbeck, while forward Alexis Sanchez is still in doubt since he still didn't started with training sessions.
Manchester City on the other hand had a perfect start of this campaign and in first five rounds achieved five straight victories without conceding a single goal, now they are at 3rd position at the table with only one point less than Arsenal. They celebrated in last round of Premier league over Swansea at home 2:1 while before that achieved victory in last round of Champions league group stage over Gladbach and won placement into knockout phase as first placed team in group D. Manchester City is also playing great attacking football and after Leicester are most effective team in Premier league with 32 goals scored. They also managed to overcome Hull City in quarter finals of Capital One Cup at home 4:1. Manchester City showed good performances in this campaign and for sure will give their best to stay in title race, now they must go for a victory to climb up to a 2nd position. Manchester City has negative record in last five duels against Arsenal, they suffered two defeats, got two draws and celebrated only once about two years ago. They are in good shape but it won't be easy to earn points against very confident Arsenal. Citizens have failed to score in last three games on the road in Premier league and they must show really good performances here to end that goalless series. As for absent players, Coach Manuel Pellegrini can't count on defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany, defensive midfielder Fernando and attacking midfielder while Sergio Aguero returned to the squad after injury.
This will for sure be very interesting clash between two great teams and title pretenders,
Arsenal is in good shape and they seems very confident and for sure will give their best to retain their position and keep up with league leaders Leicester, while Manchester City is also in good shape, they are playing good football in this campaign but now must show much better performances than in last few matches to achieve positive outcome, I expect great match and by my opinion Arsenal is closer to a victory here at their field.