Arsenal come into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final vs Man City on the back of a less than spectacular win on Monday over Boro by a 2-1 scoreline. As we know before that the Gunners lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace and beat West Ham 3-0 before that but perhaps most importantly prior to those games they came back from a goal down twice to ultimately draw with Manchester City 2-2 exactly 3 weeks ago.
Man City come into Sunday’s match on the back of 2 wins and 1 loss just like the Gunners since the 2-2 tie on April 2nd at The Emirates.
Arsenal are looking to make it 3 FA Cup wins out of the past 4 years and this will be the Gunners’ 29th appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals which is the most of any team in the competition’s history. Arsenal have also won the FA Cup on a record 12 occasions (Man United also have 12 Cups).
Manchester City have a good record in the latter stages of the FA Cup as they have progressed from each of their last 8 FA Cup semi-finals, with their most recent appearance in 2013 against Chelsea who they beat but then went on to famously lose to Wigan Athletic in the final. Coincidentally City’s last defeat at this stage of the FA Cup happened way back in 1932 against none other than Arsenal.
For the first time in the history of the FA Cup both sides will be able to use 4 substitutes if the match goes to extra-time – this should favour Manchester City who arguably have a deeper bench.
The Gunners and the Citizens will be playing each other in the FA Cup for the 4th time on Sunday with the Londoners holding a 2 wins to 1 loss advantage. In all competitions 3 of the last 6 clashes between the clubs have ended 2-2, with Arsenal triumphing 2-1 and 2-0 and Man City winning 2-1 over the other 3 matches.
Both clubs have been in inconsistent form in 2017 with Arsenal registering a mere 5 wins in their last 13 games across all competitions with a disappointing 7 losses and 1 draw (2-2 with Man City). City have won just 3 of their most recent 8 games in all competitions, losing 4 and drawing once (2-2 with Arsenal) over that period.
Of course all that is for nothing when it comes to the FA Cup – we can pretty much throw form out of the window which means it could provide some decent odds and if you feel like having a bet on the match or on any other upcoming match why not take advantage of a paddy power free bet when you place your next wager. When considering all the factors we feel the teams will end up tied 2-2 following 120 minutes of play. We predict Petr Cech being the hero as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will beat Pep Guardiola’s Man City side winning the match on penalties.
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