Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday, with both sides desperate to narrow the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Neither can afford to drop points, even at this early stage at the season, as Antonio Conte’s side have already built up a commanding lead at the summit of the table.
Man City’s home form is a worry for Pep Guardiola, with just one league win at the Etihad since September, but the Spaniard has insisted that his style of play will not change. For today’s game, Man City make several changes to the side that beat Watford 2-0 in midweek.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 18, 2016
John Stones is left out once again, with Aleksandar Kolarov starting in the centre of defence again and Gael Clichy pn the left. Ilkay Gundogan suffered a season-ending injury so obviously doesn’t play here today, his place in the starting eleven filled by Fernando Reges as Fernandinho is still suspended.
Also suspended still is Sergio Aguero, with Kevin De Bruyne starting up front in his absence. Leroy Sané comes into the starting lineup in place of Nolito.
Arsenal, meanwhile, make one change to the side to that which suffered defeat on Tuesday for the first time since August.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 18, 2016
Alex Iwobi returns to the starting lineup, in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Shkodran Mustafi is still out with a hamstring injury so Gabriel Paulista keeps his place next to Laurent Koscielny in defence. Granit Xhaka partners Francis Coquelin in central midfield.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Last Season: Manchester City 2 (Aguero, De Bruyne) – Arsenal 2 (Giroud, Alexis)
Recent Form (All Competitions):
Manchester City: D W L D L W
Arsenal: W L W W W L
Selected Match Odds: Man City 13/10 Draw 23/10 Arsenal 5/2