Manchester City vs Arsenal preview: Foden could return for Gunners clash

By Ric Turner, Thu 26 January 2023 15:48

Manchester City vs Arsenal preview: Foden could return for Gunners clashEngland international missed 3-0 win against Wolves after sustaining foot injury in Manchester derby

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Competition: F.A. Cup

Date: 8.00pm, Friday 27th January 2023

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: C Hatzidakis, N Davies Fourth Official: R Jones VAR: J Brooks

Odds: Man City 3/4, Draw 4/1, Arsenal 16/5

Tickets: Sold out


Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: None

Doubtful: Foden

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLLWW


Manager: Mikel Arteta

Squad (from): Ramsdale, Turner, Hein, Tierbey, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Kiwior, Holding, Soares, Tomiyasu, Partey, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Vierira, Lokonga, Elneny, Xhaka, Zinchenko, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli, Nketiah, Trossard

Injured: Jesus, Nelson

Doubtful: Elneny

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWW

Phil Foden is reocvering from a foot injury sustained in the Manchester derby, and could come back into contention after missing the 3-0 win against Wolves. Manager Pep Guardiola will make a decision after training on Thursday. The Blues have no other injury concerns ahead of the game.

The visitor have enjoyed an outstanding season so far, but City's boss doesn't feel that the title race will have much bearing on tomorrow night's game.

“It’s a different competition,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“It’s the FA Cup. It’s a final. And of course, it’s more than Arsenal - it’s about proving ourselves – how is our level?

“When a team makes 50 points in one leg, it’s because they have been the best and they are.

“So we have to prove ourselves, how far away or how close we are and the best way to notice is perform our best level.

“Otherwise against a team in that moment, it will be difficult.”

City won their last game against Arsenal at The Etihad 5-0, with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Ferran Torres (2), Gabriel Jesus and Rodri. Overall City have won 49 of the 174 games played against the Gunners, with 40 draws and 85 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ortega, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland

Score prediction: City 2 Arsenal 1