Meadow Park hosts an absolute cracker this weekend when the reigning Women’s Super League champions welcome the most feasible challengers to their title – Manchester City.
It’s a tie that the Gunners will want to win, considering their recent defeat to Chelsea. And while that was happening, City have continued to tighten their grip atop the table, racking win after win.
Which is why our Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions are relying on form to follow through with another win for Nick Cushing’s team.
For the hosts, consecutive defeats in the league is not a good look. But as evident in our 2019/20 Premier League season preview, not far off from their male counterparts.
Scroll on down to read where the game will be lost for Arsenal…
Arsenal vs Manchester City Predictions
The Gunners started off the season in a similar fashion to where they left off last year: goals galore for Vivianne Miedema and Danielle Van de Donk, steely defensive performances, and midfield masterclasses from the ever-impressive Jordan Nobbs
It seemed as if the Gunners were going to steamroll through the first half of the season as they did in their previous campaign. Indeed, all signs pointed to exactly that.
Which is why last weekend’s performance and defeat to Emma Hayes’s Chelsea was such a shocking one, completely against the grain.
The Blues certainly gave the rest of the WSL something to think about, considering they were able to come from behind to deliver Joe Montemurro’s team their first defeat of the season.
And the perpetrators in question were Bethany England and Maaria Thorisdottir who ended Arsenal’s winning run in front of a noisy 4,149 crowd at the Kingsmeadow.
Not only did the pair lead Chelsea to a win against high-profile opponents, but they were able to cut through the Gunners regularly on the counter.
It was the kind of defensive display that our Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions expect would’ve rung off alarm bells in Montemurro’s head. Especially given the form of this Sunday’s opposition, Man City.
Indeed, the Citizens sit atop the WSL standings, with seven consecutive wins and no goals conceded to their name.
In doing so, they’ve gone one better than the Gunners, and look to be in no mood to stop their aim to snatch the title away from Arsenal.
And you only have to take a look at their ruthless display against Birmingham City last weekend to understand where our projections derive from.
Because for all of Cushing’s absences, the team still dominated and added to their ever-increasing goal tally for the season (23 in seven games). And it was Kiera Walsh alongside Tessa Wullaert and Lee Geum-Min who dazzled in the limelight to knock off Arsenal from their perch.
If last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea is anything to go by, City’s attack will utilise wing and flank play on the counter to score their way to another three points.
Whether it’s Janine Beckie on the right-hand side or Walsh down the other, the Birmingham faithful felt the full brunt of it.
If Arsenal aren’t careful, they could get a similar front-row experience, dealt with a side of consecutive losses.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Head To Head
Previous results in this fixture have been narrowly-won contests.
And all the evidence supporting our Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions suggest the same. The only difference is that this time, the proceedings won’t end in the Gunner’s favour, as they did in the final day of the WSL in 2011, or even as recent as February in the FA Cup.
Indeed, the scoreline in this fixture has always been closely matched. More of the same, given the form that both sides have displayed offensively, should certainly be on the menu at the Meadows this Sunday.
Arsenal Team News
For the Gunners, a fully fit squad is at Montemurro’s disposal.
The only concerning absence is that of Danielle Carter’s.The 26-year-old had only recently returned from a long-term injury in March. Tragically, Arsenal confirmed the fears of another of the same kind regarding the anterior cruciate ligament.
Carter will most likely be sidelined for the rest of the season, which could give the likes of Miedema and co more of a chance to appear in the starting XI.
On the flip side, Nobbs, who experienced a similar length of absence last season, is in form and finally returning to the kind of attacking displays we saw prior to her injury. The kind of form that our Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions forecast as an ominous inclusion.
Manchester City Team News
Despite the fact that they’re operating as betting favourites, Cushing has a few injury concerns to manage.
The two most noticeable are the absences of Ellen White and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.
Fortunately for the latter lady, Bardsley, a return to the starting XI permutations looks to be around Christmas.
For White, however, the news seems to be much more promising – the exact words uttered by Manchester City representatives about her absence was that the striker would be:
‘Set for a short spell on the sidelines after requiring knee surgery’.
So, while she may not be fit for this weekend’s clash, the England international won’t be out of the action for long.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Betting Tips
While the sports betting markets may not be available to support our Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions with some top-notch odds, Cushing’s side still operates as the betting favourites.
And you only have to look at their recent form to understand why. While the Gunners stuttered against Chelsea, City have refortified their position atop the league.
Win this Saturday as forecasted and they could begin drifting out of the reigning WSL champions reach.