For the first handful of games of the season, Arsenal and Manchester City looked as if they may be in a two way fight for the Premier League title.
However, a few poor results from each side, with Arsenal losing at Everton in midweek, has given Chelsea and Liverpool the chance to overtake them, leaving this one to be a battle between the teams sitting third and fourth in the league.
A win will be a big boost, but a defeat will drop the loser back into the clutches of Tottenham and Manchester United.
Here are three key stats ahead of the game:
8 – City to get more red cards?
Manchester City’s last big home game against Chelsea ended on a sour note, when a nasty tackle from Sergio Aguero and a subsequent brawl saw the Argentine and teammate Fernandinho sent off.
If City are hoping to keep their noses clean in the foreseeable future, then Arsenal may not be the team to face. In the Premier League era, they have received 8 red cards against the Gunners, more than any other opponent.
Guardiola’s men will have to stay away from the reds if they are to win this weekend.