Manchester City host Arsenal in what Pundits have dubbed the title decider of the current season.
Nathan Ake and Riyad Mahrez may likely miss today’s encounter against Arsenal, Spaniard Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
The Dutchman is still suffering from the hamstring injury that forced him off during last week’s Champions League win over Bayern Munich.
While, Ake is completely ruled out a big doubt is cast on Mahrez’s availability for the crunchy encounter.
City trail the Gunners by five points but have two games in hand, and can take real control of the title race should they come out on top at the Etihad and extend their winning run in the League to seven matches.
Mahrez did not play a single minute across the two legs in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, but started against Sheffield United in the FA Cup and scored a hat-trick to send City through to the final.
He will therefore hope to get the nod over Bernardo Silva on the right, while Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri should both return to the starting lineup after being rested at Wembley.
Aymeric Laporte will likely continue on the left of the defence, with John Stones coming back in to take up his hybrid midfield role.
After two cameo appearances off the bench, Phil Foden is in contention for his first start in a month, but he may well have to wait for his chance again as Jack Grealish continues to shine on the left.
Predicted Man City XI: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Laporte; Stones, Rodri; Mahrez, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland
Similarly, Arsenal defender William Saliba will miss Wednesday night’s crucial Premier League clash against Manchester City with his back injury.
According to Arteta, the player has shown no sign of an improvement.
He said “There’s not been a real improvement unfortunately on him, so we are still waiting. It’ll be another week that has gone by and he hasn’t been able to train with the team.”