Manchester City v Arsenal
Sunday 18 January 2015, 16:00 kick-off
Manuel Pellegrini welcomes Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany back into his line-up to face Arsenal in the Premier League today, whilst there is also a place for James Milner in the starting XI, which represents the third and final change from last weekend's side that drew 1-1 with Everton.
For Arsenal, Hector Bellerin deputises for Mathieu Debuchy at right-back after the France international suffered a dislocated shoulder injury against Stoke City, and Aaron Ramsey replaces Tomas Rosicky in the heart of midfield to complete Arsene Wenger's two changes from the 2-0 win against the Potters.
Calum Chambers returns to the bench after recovering from illness and is joined by Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, who is still not deemed ready to play for the Gunners from the start.
City's bench is very strong with plenty of attacking options in the form of Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko, whilst Frank Lampard could be another good option later in the game.
After Chelsea thrashed Swansea City 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, the Citizens will be determined to secure all three points and close the gap on the leaders again at the top of the table.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, know that they can't afford to lose after wins for Southampton and Manchester United yesterday proved the race for Champions League qualification is showing no signs of slowing down.
Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero.
Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Sagna, Kolarov, Lampard, Jovetic, Dzeko.
Arsenal starting XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud.
Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott.
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