Arsenal FC, Manchester City Starting XI Predictions, Match Preview


Here we go- it’s the blockbuster fixture of the Premier League’s opening weekend. The headliner clash from curtain raising weekend features the reigning league champions Manchester City venturing south to take on Arsenal FC, who begin the rebuilding process under new manager Unai Emery.

Let’s take a look at who Emery could select in his first team, and then also the potential lineup we’ll see chosen by City manager Pep Guardiola. This clash should be a fun one to watch.

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Injury and fitness report for both teams: go to this link

The Sports Bank’s Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction

Mesut Ozil       Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang       Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Granit Xhaka      Lucas Torreira      Aaron Ramsey

Ainsley Maitland-Niles        Sokraitis Papastathopoulos        Shokdran Mustafi      Hector Bellerin

 Petr Cech

Arsenal FC Season Preview: go to this link

Arsenal FC Summer Transfer Window Analysis, Grade: go to this link

Manchester City Season Preview: go to this link

City, heavily favored to repeat as champions, are looking at trying to take it up another notch this season- and join the elite of the elites in Europe. Just ask Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who labeled his side Rocky, and City Ivan Drago in his “Rocky IV” analogy. It’s an apt analogy, when you remember that City broke Premier League records for title winning margin, points and victories last season.

Manchester City Summer Transfer Window Analysis, Grade: go to this link

The Sports Bank’s Manchester City Starting XI Prediction

Sergio Aguero

Leroy Sane       Ilkay Gundogan     Bernando Silva     Riyad Mahrez


    Benjamin Mendy   Aymeric Laporte    John Stones      Kyle Walker


The weekly manager press conference videos from yesterday are embedded below:

City boss Pep Guardiola:

Gunners boss Unai Emery

Odds via Betway: Arsenal FC 3/1, Draw 29/10, Man City 10/11

Prediction: Manchester City 4, Arsenal  FC 3

Feel free to post your own City and/or Arsenal FC starting XI predictions, as well as your best guess as to what the final score will be. Enjoy the match!

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, is currently a regular contributor to SB Nation, WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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