Arsenal have now lost eight of their last 14 Premier League games. Their loss to Everton made it seven league games without a win – mostly featuring losses though.
It’s the worst time to be facing an opponent like Manchester City. But the football schedule has been created and now, the Gunners have an obligation to face the Citizens in their EFL quarter-final game.
And judging by their run of form against Pep Guardiola’s side, another loss seems to be on the cards for Arsenal.
For starters, they’re facing the current holders of the EFL Cup. Chasing an eighth EFL Cup title – to tie the record held by Liverpool – the Citizens will go into this game with the aim to win.
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However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Arsenal.
In the fourth round, the Gunners defeated Liverpool on penalties to qualify for the quarter-final. Before then, they had defeated Leicester City in the third round. Now that’s two wins over two quality opponents. A lot has happened since these games were played though. And that can make all the difference in this game.
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Manchester City have scored two goals in their last five EFL Cup games. That’s three more than Arsenal have managed in their last two games in the same competition. They’re unbeaten in their last eight, and have scored the first goal in four of their last five games.
But that’s not the main reason why they are favorites or this game.
The reason why a Manchester City win has been priced at 1.61 on NairaBET is mostly because of their history against the Gunners. On their last three visits to the Emirates stadium, they have won, without conceding a goal. The last time both sides met in the EFL Cup, Manchester City scored three unreplied goals.
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Both sides are on opposite sides of the pole in terms of current form. While that could play a role in how this one plays out, the cup competition factor will also play a significant role in determining which way this result will go.
Cup games are usually dramatic, featuring shocking results and surprise score lines. And with both managers set to rest some first team players, this one, current form regardless, could go either way.
But one thing is certain: This game is a top-level clash that will produce fireworks. After the Arsenal vs. Man. City game is done wit, which of these two sides will qualify for the next round? Drop your comments below.