After defeating Sheffield United to secure an all-Manchester FA Cup final, Manchester City take on Arsenal FC for what could be a potential title decider at 20:00 (GMT+1) at the Etihad on April 26. The match kicks off on April 26 at the Etihad.
Riyad Mahrez Hat-Trick Powers Manchester City to FA Cup Final, Set Up Title Decider Clash with Arsenal
Riyad Mahrez scored three hat-tricks [43′ P., 61′ and 63′] as Manchester City beat Sheffield United 3-1 over the weekend to set up an all-Manchester FA Cup final on June 3. City last Premier League appearance saw them secure a 3-1 victory against Leicester City to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games across all competitions and remain second with 70 points (22 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses), five behind Arsenal going into Wednesday’s potential title decider matchup. Pep Guardiola has overseen Manchester City winning all six Premier League home matches against Arsenal by an aggregate score of 17-3; their last loss at home came against Arsenal on January 2015. Furthermore, Manchester City have already defeated Arsenal twice this season and will aim to make it three wins in a row on Wednesday against them. Furthermore, City have won eight out of their nine Premier League matches recently – winning six consecutively! “On Wednesday we face Arsenal who have been the best team in England so far and currently lead us by five points,” Pep said before Wednesday’s clash. “Hopefully all of Manchester will wear blue that day and come support us!” “We need an incredible noise from minute one until the end, because I know who our opponent will be,” he noted. A win would bring Manchester City within two points of Arsenal with two games remaining to play and two matches remaining against Arsenal in hand. Erling Haaland should lead their attack as Erling Haaland currently tops Premier League scoring charts with 32 goals scored so far this season.
Arsenal Stages Incredible Comeback to Keep Title Hopes Alive Against Southampton
Last Friday, Arsenal staged an incredible comeback from two goals down to salvage a point against Southampton and keep their Premier League title hopes alive. Arsenal currently hold 75 points [23 Wins, 6 Draws & 3 Losses], however are without victory in three consecutive matches WWDDD; hoping to return to winning ways soon. City has won 10 consecutive Premier League matches against them; their longest losing streak against an opponent since entering league competition. Mikel Arteta will employ a 4–3–3 formation against Manchester City on Tuesday evening, hoping to end an 11-game winless streak. Unfortunately William Saliba has sustained back injuries that will preclude his participation while Granit Xhaka didn’t play against Southampton due to illness but could return here.