Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 28 August 2021
Kickoff at 12:30 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

Tickets available

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All the information you need ahead of our second Premier League home game of the 2021/22 season…

Teams

City: Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Rodrigo, Gundogan (c), Bernardo, Grealish, Torres, Jesus

Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Doyle, Palmer

Arsenal: Leno, Cédric Soares, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Saka, Aubameyang

Substitutes
Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Marí, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Ramsdale, Okonkwo, Martinelli

Formation: 4-3-3

No reason to believe City will approach this game any differently from last weekend, though there will obviously be tactical tweaks to  suit this afternoon’s fixture.

Mikel Arteta and Pep know each other well, and it is likely both will be trying to second-guess what might happen today.

Whether City will spring a positional surprise during the game remains to be seen – but it should make for a fascinating game.

WHEN AND WHERE

The encounter with the Gunners is scheduled for Saturday 28 August, with kick-off set for 12:30pm (UK). The match will be played in front of a packed Etihad Stadium.

If you can’t make it to the Etihad, you can also follow the action via our Matchday Centre here on mancity.com or on our official app, which will provide you with minute-by-minute coverage, or via our Twitter: @ManCity.

A full match replay of all the action will be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midnight.

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If you live outside of the UK, you can find out how to tune in, wherever you are in the world, by looking at our TV listings at the foot of this page.

MATCHDAY LIVE

Saturday's live pre-match show is available to watch across all our digital platforms.

The show will begin one hour before kick-off (11:30am UK).

The programme then returns for a half-time debrief and will also round-up all the action after the final whistle.

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Time permitting, our special guests will also react to the thoughts of Pep Guardiola and also a player.

Matchday Live is a must-watch for supporters, offering an exclusive City-focused perspective to your coverage to all of Manchester City’s clashes.

WATCH: Jack Grealish meets Joleon Lescott

TICKETING INFORMATION

A limited number of tickets for the fixture are available HERE.

As guardians of this great Club, we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors of not just Manchester City, but the City of Manchester also.

On your visit to the Eithad Stadium, please respect the stewards, staff and supporters of both Manchester City and Norwich City.

We ask that you:

  • Remain In the seat that you have purchased.
  • Keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Do not block the aisles or gangways.
  • Do not smoke.
  • The use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke bombs is strictly prohibited.

If you have any further questions, you can contact us on +44 (0) 161 444 1894 (option 6). Alternatively, email us at [email protected].

You can also get in touch via the Supporter Services @ManCityHelp.

TEAM NEWS

City will be without Kevin De Bruyne, who has not recovered from the ankle problem which kept him out of the 5-0 win over Norwich City last weekend.

Phil Foden also misses out as he continues to recover from the injury he suffered at EURO 2020.

Read Pep Guardiola's injury update, here.

Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah are both out for Arsenal, as is Gabriel, despite the Brazilian returning from a knee injury in an Under-23 game on Friday.

Alex Runarsson and Willian are both available after COVID-19 related absences, but Ben White will be monitored after missing two games due to a positive test.

Hector Bellerin has recovered from a thigh problem and Bukayo Saka is fit despite hurting his knee in the midweek win over West Brom.

LAST TIME OUT

City go a first win of the season under our belts with a convincing 5-0 victory over Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal have lost both of their opening two league games against Brentford and Chelsea, but bounced back with a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Brom in midweek.

LAST MEETING

City last faced Mikel Arteta's side in February and secured a 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium thanks to an early Raheem Sterling header, which extended our winning streak at the time to 18 matches.

Pep Guardiola's men began with a spring in their step and immediately put the hosts on the back foot through Riyad Mahrez, who drove at Kieran Tierney and played an accurate cross to Sterling, who deftly nodded us ahead in the second minute to mark his third goal in three successive away games in the top-flight against the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta's side grew into the game and especially found joy down the left flank, with Kieran Tierney attempting multiple crosses, which were defended well by City.

City remained rigid defensively to secure the victory, our eighth successive league win over the Gunners and our 13th win in a row in the top-flight!

WATCH: Extended highlights: Arsenal 0-1 City

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Richard West
Fourth official: Andy Madley
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup

TV LISTINGS

The game will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate, BTSport.com and the BT Sport App.

The global broadcast information can be found below, courtesy of livesoccertv.

Andorra RMC Sport 1
Angola SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Argentina ESPN Play Sur, ESPN2 Sur
Aruba RUSH
Australia Optus Sport
Bahamas RUSH
Barbados RUSH
Benin SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Bermuda RUSH
Bolivia ESPN Play Sur, ESPN2 Sur
Botswana SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now
Brazil NOW NET e Claro, GUIGO, Watch ESPN Brasil, ESPN Brasil
British Virgin Islands RUSH
Burkina Faso SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Burundi DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Cameroon SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Cape Verde SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Cayman Islands RUSH
Central African Republic SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Chad SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Chile ESPN2 Sur, ESPN Play Sur
China QQ Sports Live, iQiyi
Colombia ESPN2 Colombia, ESPN Play Sur
Comoros SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Congo DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Costa Rica Sky HD
Cote D'Ivoire SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Curacao RUSH
Denmark Viaplay Denmark
Djibouti DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Dominica RUSH
Dominican Republic RUSH, Sky HD
Ecuador ESPN Play Sur
El Salvador Sky HD
Equatorial Guinea DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Eritrea SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Ethiopia SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now
Finland Elisa Viihde Viaplay
France RMC Sport en direct, RMC Sport 1, Canal+ Sport, Free
French Guiana RUSH
Gabon SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Gambia SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Ghana SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Grenada RUSH
Guadeloupe RUSH
Guatemala Sky HD
Guinea SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now
Guinea-Bissau DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Guyana RUSH
Haiti RUSH
Honduras Sky HD
Indonesia Mola TV, mola.tv, Mola TV App
Ireland BT Sport 1, BTSport.com, BT Sport App
Jamaica RUSH
Kenya SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Lesotho DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Liberia SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now
Luxembourg RMC Sport 1
Macau iQiyi
Madagascar SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Malawi DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Mali SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Martinique RUSH
Mauritania DStv Now
Mauritius SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, RMC Sport 1
Mexico Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD
Monaco RMC Sport 1
Montserrat RUSH
Mozambique SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now
Namibia SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
New Zealand Spark Sport
Nicaragua Sky HD
Niger SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Nigeria SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Norway TV 2 Play
Panama Sky HD
Paraguay ESPN2 Sur, ESPN Play Sur
Peru ESPN Play Sur, ESPN2 Sur
Portugal Sport TV Multiscreen, Sport TV3
Puerto Rico RUSH
Russia Okko Sport
Rwanda SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Saint Lucia RUSH
Sao Tome And Principe SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Senegal DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Seychelles DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Sierra Leone SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
South Africa DStv App, SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport MaXimo 1
South Sudan SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Sudan DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Suriname RUSH
Swaziland SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Switzerland RMC Sport 1, Canal+ Sport
Tanzania SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Timor-Leste Mola TV, mola.tv
Togo SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Trinidad and Tobago RUSH
Turks and Caicos Islands RUSH
U.S. Virgin Islands RUSH
Uganda SuperSport MaXimo 1, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
United Kingdom BT Sport App, BT Sport Ultimate, BT Sport 1, BTSport.com
United States Peacock
Uruguay ESPN2 Sur, ESPN Play Sur
Venezuela ESPN Play Sur
Zambia SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Zimbabwe DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA

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