The EFL Cup is back in action this week with a high-octane quarter-final as Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. The Gunners have endured a miserable season so far and will need a shot in the arm ahead of this fixture.
Tuesday will mark one year and two days since Arteta left Man City to take over as Arsenal boss and defeat to his former club may ensure that his reign does not last much longer.
Manchester City are currently in sixth place in the Premier League standings and have managed to stage a recovery after a slow start to the season. Pep Guardiola has a strong squad at his disposal and has a point to prove against his former pupil this week.
Arsenal have won only one of their last ten Premier League matches and are dangerously close to the relegation zone at the moment. The EFL Cup offers the Gunners an opportunity to salvage what has been a disappointing season so far and Mikel Arteta will need to pull off a miracle against his mentor this week.
Reason for Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions:
- Man City are unbeaten in eight games, keeping seven clean sheets.
- Arsenal have scored just 12 times in 14 matches.
- City have won eight of nine clashes with Arsenal.
- Manchester City have won their last three away matches against Arsenal, all in the Premier League.
Arsenal and Manchester City last met in the League Cup in the 2018 final, with City winning 3-0. The Gunners have lost their last three League Cup matches against City, also losing in the quarter-finals in both 2009-10 and 2011-12.
Arsenal have been eliminated from six of their last eight League Cup quarter-finals, reaching the semi-final in 2010-11 and 2017-18 in this run. This is the Gunners’ 29th appearance at this stage, more than any other club.
Arsenal are historically more successful in this fixture than Manchester City and have won 98 matches out of a total of 201 games played between the two teams. Manchester City have managed 58 victories against the Gunners and will need to be at their best in this match.
Since 2006-07 only Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (20) have won more League Cup matches at one venue than Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (19), with the Gunners winning seven of their last eight matches there (L1).
The two sides clashed in the Premier League in October this year and Pep Guardiola edged Mikel Arteta to a narrow 1-0 victory. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal on the day and will play a pivotal role in this match.
Another victory for Man City on Tuesday would see them become the first team to win four consecutive away games against Arsenal since 1965.
Arsenal have endured one of their worst seasons in living memory this year and cannot afford another slip-up before the end of the year. The Gunners have been severely criticised for their lackadaisical approach to this season and will face a difficult test against Manchester City.
Arsenal do have a knack when it comes to knock-out competitions and have a massive point to prove against Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has an impeccable squad at his disposal and holds a slight upper hand going into this game.
Our Prediction: Man City @ 1.63
Source: BetInAsia Black