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Manchester City v Arsenal: Sutton's predictions

Sutton's predictions against Bionic
[BBC]

Chris Sutton is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches again this season, against a variety of guests.

For this weekend's games, he takes on Gladiators star Bionic.

Sutton's prediction: 1-0

I can see this game being as cagey as when these two sides met at Emirates Stadium in October and Arsenal grabbed a late winner.

I don't think there will be a lot of goals this time either. Again, it is going to be decided by what happens in the big moments rather than one side dominating play, but that just makes it harder to call.

When I think about City's form, I am not exactly convinced by some of their recent performances because they have not been as free flowing they usually are.

They are also yet to beat any other teams in the top five in the league this season... but then you check their results and they have still won 20 of their past 22 games in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are top, having scored the most goals in the top flight this season, and conceded the fewest. They also come into this game on the back of eight straight league wins.

If City lose thi,s then they will be four points behind the Gunners with nine games to go and, on the face of it, it could be curtains for them.

But, at times like this, I judge City on how they have delivered in the past, especially at home.

That's why I am still going to back Pep Guardiola's side, even though they have not quite been at the level they reached last season.

Whatever happens here, though, the title race is not over for anyone. All we have learned so far is that we have got three incredible teams, and I don't see any of them dropping away before the end of the season.

Bionic's prediction: 1-1

I sat and thought about this one for about 10 minutes. My head says draw but my gut feeling is that Arsenal are going to nick something and I did not know what to go with, especially with City defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker being out after getting injured playing for England.

I have ended up going for a draw in the end but I don't think anyone can confidently predict this one, because of what Arsenal are doing this season.

See the full list of predictions here