23rd of February 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
Arsenal and Manchester City battle for the first trophy of the season on Sunday as they meet at Wembley Stadium in London for the final of the League Cup. The two teams have met at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League in November and Manchester City won 3-1 with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, while Alexandre Lacazette scored for the Gunners. Arsenal have been unable to beat Manchester City in the last five matches in all competitions.
Another disappointing season for Arsenal could be at least partially rescued with a triumph in the League Cup on Sunday, but the Gunners are the underdogs in this meeting. Arsene Wenger's men gave their fans some unexpected thrills on Thursday in the Europa League as they went 2-0 down at home against minnows Oestersunds but the Gunners eventually qualified 4-2 on aggregate. Mesut Ozil is a slight doubt for Sunday's final, while Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey are expected to miss out.
Manchester City had a full week to prepare for this match as they were not involved in European matches in midweek, their last match was the stunning 1-0 defeat at Wigan in the FA Cup on Monday. That disappointing result might have brought the Premier League leaders with their feet back on the ground after seven matches without defeat as Pep Guardiola did not rest his key players in that match. Fabian Delph is suspended for this match, while Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus remain injured and won't be able to play in the final.
Arsenal: Cech - Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal - Xhaka, Elneny - Ozil, Wilshere, Iwobi - Aubameyang
Man City: Bravo - Danilo, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko - Gundogan, Fernandinho, D. Silva - Sterling, Aguero, Sane
My prediction: Manchester City to win 3-1.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Arsenal win - 5.25
Draw - 4.20
Man City win - 1.57
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Arsenal and City will have to meet each other two times in a matter of days, following that one there's a PL game between those two in Thursday, but that really should be the crucial one for any of them and mainly for ...Wenger's future as an Arsenal manager I believe.
I think Arsenal could be a good match for City in this despite that Manchester team will enters the game as a favourite because of the great season they having.
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