For our Arsenal vs. Man City prediction, we're going for a 1-1 draw.
The Premier League's two main title challengers square off for the first time in the league this weekend as Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates.
Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table with sixteen wins, three draws and two losses from twenty-one games this season.
The Gunners have been a revelation in the Premier League this season and few would deny they've been the league's best side this season.
They do, however, enter this game amidst a slight downturn in form having failed to win any of their last three games in all competition, drawing one and losing two.
Most recently, Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Brentford. After taking the lead through Leandro Trossard, Brentford equalised through a controversial goal from Ivan Toney that was later adjudged to be offside after being incorrectly called onside by the VAR official after an error in the drawing of the offside line. Arsenal, and rightly so, will be hugely aggrieved by a decision that could end up costing them the title.
There is some slight concern heading into this game that Arsenal's performance level has dipped of late, as even though they arguably should have won the game against Brentford it can be argued they were second best for the majority of the 90 minutes having been put to the sword by Brentford in large periods of the game - particularly in the first half.
They'll need to be much improved against Manchester City here, and they likely will, but the pressure is on as a defeat here would see them lose top spot to their rivals by virtue of a weaker goal difference.
Manchester City are currently 2nd in the Premier League with fifteen wins, three draws and four losses from twenty-two games this season.
City have been well short of their previously sky high standards this season with their collective performances looking disjointed on top of many individual players looking a shell of their usual selves.
They enter this game amidst a strong run of form having won four and lost one of their last five matches in all competitions, the most recent of which was a 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.
City have looked wholly unconvincing - by their standards, at least - for the most part this season but the performance against Villa was much more resemblant of the City that we're all so familiar with as they registered an impressive showing with many free-flowing patterns of football throughout the game.
City's well publicised issues with the Premier League financial regulations are a secret to nobody, and Pep Guardiola's press conference addressing the issue gave a tone of 'us against the world' meaning you can bet the Spaniard has used it to motivate his team, convincing them that the league's other clubs are collectively plotting to stifle them.
How City's trajectory progresses from here remains to be seen, but if an even further improved City side turns up at the Emirates then The Gunners should be worried as City have a habit of embarking upon long winning streaks and they know when to turn the screw in a title run. Either way, we're in for a corker in North London.