Fourth plays third in the Premier League this weekend as Manchester City host fellow title-chasers Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
City have returned to form after ending a two-game losing streak with a win over Watford, while Arsenal’s impressive run of results was recently ended by a surprise defeat to Everton.
Arsenal boast the bragging rights in this fixture, having enjoyed a positive run of results in recent Premier League head-to-heads with the Sky Blues, and could go second in the table and just three points adrift of leaders Chelsea if they come out on top.
Manchester City are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 33 points from 16 games this season, having ended a two-game losing run with a 2-0 win against Watford.
The Sky Blues have been surprisingly poor on home soil, failing to win four of their last five at the Etihad Stadium, while keeping just one clean sheet since October.
City have been bold with their attacking approach, often playing three at the back while pressing the opponent high up the pitch.
A side with the pace of Arsenal could exploit the Sky Blues by adopting a counter-attacking style, meaning Sunday’s clash could go the way of the visitors.
Arsenal find themselves one place and one point better off than Manchester City in the league, coming off the back of three wins from their last four.
The Gunners ended a three-game winning streak with a loss to Everton at Goodison Park and may be vulnerable on the road as a result.
Arsene Wenger’s men have only managed one win against sides in the top-four this season, but they have impressed against Manchester City in the past. The Londoners are underdogs with the bookmakers but have shone in this fixture in recent years.
Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw when they last hosted Arsenal in the Premier League, and haven’t beaten the Gunners in the division since 2013.
Arsenal have a good record away to the Sky Blues, having won or drawn in three of their last four meetings at the Etihad Stadium, and will fancy their chances given Pep Guardiola’s side have only managed one home win in the Premier League since September.
Both sides have been frequently conceding goals of late and would perhaps prefer taking a share of the spoils, rather than risk losing by trying to win, so a goal-laden draw might be on the cards.
Manchester City could leapfrog runners-up Liverpool and third-placed Arsenal in the Premier League table if they can pick up all three points on Sunday.
However, they’ll be without top goalscorer Sergio Aguero from the attack which could prove costly if it weren’t for the Gunners being without Shkodran Mustafi from the heart of the defence. City have a stunted attack, Arsenal have a weakened defence.
City have struggled at home, Arsenal most recently lost on the road. Neither side keep many clean sheets but the hosts will likely boss the possession stats, making Arsenal underdogs in Saturday’s clash. However, the Gunners shouldn’t be ruled out.