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Arsenal vs Manchester City Carabao Cup Final

Arsenal vs Manchester City Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview

The Carabao Cup may be dismissed as unimportant by some, but never those who win it, and as it’s the first chance at winning silverware on offer this season, there’s no doubt these teams are taking it seriously.

Its been a contrasting season for the two teams, with Manchester City seemingly unstoppable as Pep Guardiola has settled down into his second season at the club. An array of attacking talent has seen them dominate the premier league, scoring for fun seemingly at will for much of the season. In fact, in the Premier League, Manchester City sit 27 points above Arsenal, and that should tell you the gulf in performances this season.

For Arsenal, it has been a season to forget so far, they sit 6th in the Premier League, with home defeats to Manchester United and big away defeats to Liverpool and the Manchester City themselves standing out. They have also struggled away from their home ground all year, although they have reshaped their attack in the January transfer window, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing to give them more firepower up front.

But we all know, for any game current form is important, and for Gunners fans, this is another mixed bag. February began with them winning easily against Everton, a 5-1 score that seemed to signal a turning point for the season, but a 1-0 loss to Spurs at Wembley, and a very poor showing just this week at home to Östersunds FK, losing 2-1, albeit in a game they had a 3-0 lead in after the first leg, suggests form is really not on their side. If there was a word to describe Arsenal performances at the moment, it would be ‘erratic’.

However, while City have been on a roll all season, February has not been what they were expecting. They did beat Leicester City in style 5-1, and then went on to demolish FC Basel in the Champions League away from home 4-0, but those results were book-ended by a disappointing draw with Burnley at the start of the month, and a Loss to League 1 Wigan in the FA Cup last time out, so both teams come into the match on the back of a loss.

Neither manager has won this competition before, in fact it’s the only domestic cup Arsene Wenger has not picked up in his long stay at Arsenal, with two final losses to his name he will be determined to fill in the missing pieces of his illustrious trophy collection. By contrast, Guardiola is in his first final with Manchester City, and looking to make his mark and start a new dynasty of success at the club after huge investment by the club’s owners.

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Missing players

Arsenal have several missing players for this game with Manchester City. Santi Cazorla and Alexandre Lacazette are injured and they can't help their team on the match at at Wembley Stadium. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is another one player who will not play on this match. Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey are doubtful for the game. All other players are fully fit and ready for this hard match.

On the other side Manchester City also don't have lots of missing players for the match. Benjamin Mendy is injured and he can't play on Sunday. Fabian Delph is suspended and he also will not play against The Gunners. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready for the match.

Possible starting lineups

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Iwobi, Aubameyang, Ozil

Manchester City: Bravo; Zinchenko, Otamendi, Stones, Walker; Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, Sterling

Arsenal vs Manchester City Prediction

If you go with your head, there is only one winner here, Manchester City beat Arsenal with ease earlier in the season, and while they have had a few poor results recently, they are still easily the best team and squad in England right now, and they should take the trophy at Wembley. Yet you write Arsenal off at your peril, they are erratic, but with his new look attack and a trophy on the line, there is no doubt that a determined team performance could still get them something. Wenger will be desperate to win this trophy that has so far eluded him, but can that passion and teamwork overcome the excellence and sheer breadth of talent that Manchester City have at their disposal?

Our prediction and betting tips for the match Arsenal vs Manchester City Prediction: Both teams to score. We expect more then two goals here and our second betting pick for the match is Citizens to win. If you link these two bets then can win a big. Maybe you should try on correct score 1-3 or 1-4. Also we expect to see lots of scoring chances and corners so you can try with bet on Over 11.5 corners. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.

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