Manchester City (MCI) and Arsenal (ARS) face each other in the first big fixture of Gameweek 3 in Premier League 2021-22 on Saturday, August 28, at the Etihad Stadium.

The Cityzens bounced back from their season-opening loss to Tottenham Hotspur with a 5-0 humbling of newcomers Norwich City, while Arsenal, on the flip side, slumped to their second defeat of the new campaign against Chelsea.

The Manchester City vs Arsenal encounter will be played from 5.00 PM IST. 

MCI vs ARS Dream11 prediction

Judging by squad depth and head-to-head record in recent years, Manchester City are outright favourites to win Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal at home.

Arsenal’s defensive problems won’t help their cause either with the Gunners conceding twice in each of their Premier League games so far. They will be up against a clinical City attack featuring the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish, meaning a comfortable win for the reigning English champions is the most likely outcome. 

MCI vs ARS Dream11 team tips for Premier League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Gabriel Jesus is the top striker to consider in your fantasy football team. The Brazilian provided two assists in the 5-0 home win against Norwich, and will be eager to improve his tally of one goal and one assist against Arsenal in the Premier League. With 79 fantasy football points so far, you can trust Jesus to wreak havoc against Arsenal’s fragile defence.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Jack Grealish seems to be an undroppable pick for fantasy football owners, considering his performance in his home debut last weekend. The midfielder, with 103 fantasy football points, will play a key role in City’s build up play against Arsenal as he looks to be on the scoresheet again after netting on his home debut last week.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Spanish defender Aymeric Laporte is ahead of teammate Ruben Dias as the fantasy-favourite defender for the MCI vs ARS clash. The towering defender scored and kept a clean sheet against Norwich, which adds to his value as a player. He can reward his fantasy owners with set-piece goals.

It is a no-brainer that Ederson starts as the top goalkeeper for the MCI vs ARS clash. The Brazilian shot-stopper has aggregated 36 fantasy football points and has kept six clean sheets against Arsenal in the Premier League, making him an easy choice.

MCI vs ARS probable playing XI

MCI playing XI (probable): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker; Illkay Gundogan, Rodri; Bernado Silva, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus

ARS playing XI (probable): Bernd Leno; Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Cedric; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard; Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli

Featured photo: AFP / John Walton