Former City assistant Mikel Arteta will return to the Etihad and sit in the opposition dugout as he hopes to lead Arsenal to a victory over his former boss Pep Guardiola.
Since Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates, results have been gradually improving for the Gunners. The team currently sit ninth in the table however, they’re now only eight points away from the top four.
Manchester City, on the other hand, face a strange predicament when the season does resume. Pep Guardiola’s men are second in the standings however, the 25-point deficit to Liverpool means they would need a miracle to take the title away from the Reds.
What’s more, with the Citizens enjoying a 12-point cushion over fifth-placed Man United, it’s unlikely that they’ll lose their top four status either.
Despite this, City will be keen to return to winning ways. Before the season came to a halt in March, Guardiola’s men had just lost 2-0 to a much-improved Manchester United side.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will be hoping to pick things up where they left off. Their last game saw the Gunners pick up a 1-0 win over West Ham; this was their fifth win in six games across all competitions.
The one major worry for Arteta’s men is the woeful record that his side have against City. The Manchester outfit have won this fixture six straight times and they haven’t lost one since 2015.
Even more worryingly, in their last five games against City, the London side have conceded 14 goals while managing to score just once.
Looking at the betting ahead of this game, it shows that the bookmakers clearly don’t have much faith in the visitors having priced them at 8/1. However, with both teams coming off a prolonged break, it’s hard to predict how the two teams will react.
With this in mind, the recommendation is to back the home side to win this game by a margin of one goal.
The first round of Bundesliga fixtures showed that the long lay off had caused a certain amount of rustiness in players. If the same happens here, we could be in for a close game.
*All prices correct at time of writing and are subject to change