Manchester City vs Arsenal preview, betting tips and prediction: Guardiola to clinch first trophy for City

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For the entire season, it has never really been a case of if Manchester City will dominate the competitions they are in, but by how much. First it was if they would break the European record for winning consecutive games, which they didn’t, then it was whether they would go the entire season unbeaten, which they didn’t, and finally, on Monday, the possibility of them winning an unprecedented quadruple was also answered. Wigan Athletic became only the third opponent to beat them in all competitions, knocking them out of the FA Cup.

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But Pep Guardiola has always stressed winning, and not the manner in which they do, is the most important thing. Having unsurprisingly won nothing in his first season, he has the opportunity to lift his first piece of silverware in England on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal. A few chinks in his seemingly indestructible armour have appeared lately, but given the quality they have produced in so many different conditions this season, they should be able to get over the line in this one.

Form

Manchester City may have lost at Wigan and drawn at Burnley this month, but they are still on fire, having eased past FC Basel in the Champions League. Their lead atop the Premier League stands at 16 points, and they can wrap up the title as early as in the Manchester Derby in April. Winning the Carabao Cup, though, will be a huge monkey off Guardiola’s back.

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Arsenal have shown both their quality and their frailties so far in 2018, but they do have history on their side having beaten City in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley last season.

Team News

Gabriel Jesus is edging closer to a return for City but Fabian Delph is suspended after his red card at Wigan. Arsenal have no such issues.

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