Manchester City are looking to get back to winning ways when they head to Luton, who ran Arsenal close on Tuesday, only denied a positive result by a 97th-minute winner from Declan Rice.
The champions' streak of three successive draws in the Premier League was ended on Wednesday, but not in the fashion they wanted as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, and have slipped below those opponents to fourth in the standings.
Manchester City to win & both teams to score – 7/4
Manchester City started the weekend fourth in the Premier League and the champions will want to end their run of four matches without a win at Luton before it begins to be interpreted as a crisis.
Pep Guardiola’s team mustered just two efforts on goal in their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday, with the defeat resulting in the champions having conceded in 11 of their last 13 league matches.
That loss followed draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham and a statement win at Kenilworth Road is essential for the Citizens to get out of their mini-slump.
Luton will fancy their chances of at least finding the net as Liverpool needed a late Luis Diaz goal to earn a point at Kenilworth Road, while Declan Rice scored an injury-time winner for Arsenal in a gripping seven-goal thriller on Tuesday.
The problem the Hatters face is that they had just 33 per cent of possession in that loss to the Gunners and this will be another game where they are required to do a lot of chasing.
It would be no surprise if that told in the end against a team who should have a much better shape than they did at Villa as star midfielder Rodri returns from suspension, and Jack Grealish should give them a more familiar look on the left as he is back from his own ban.
Luton’s direct approach will be a test and they have failed to score in just one of their seven home matches, so take the Hatters to find the net but for the champions to get back to winning ways on their trip to Bedfordshire.
After coming so close to getting something against the Gunners and standing toe-to-toe with Liverpool, Luton are bound to at least start positively cheered on by a small but boisterous crowd.
And that should ensure they force a decent number of corners, from which they could threaten the City defence as they did against Arsenal when Gabriel Osho headed home a Alfie Doughty flag-kick.
The Hatters have averaged six corners per home game this season and City have the third highest average of away corners in the league behind the Gunners and Aston Villa at 6.63.
With Grealish likely to be back on the left, wide areas could be utilised by the visitors, so there seems a good chance there will be more than 10 corners in Sunday’s clash.
Albert Sambi Lokonga could be considered after missing the last two months with a hamstring injury. He was unable to play against his parent club Arsenal on Tuesday, while Issa Kabore will miss this match for the same reason.
Defender Tom Lockyer and midfielder Marvelous Nakamba could return to the starting line-up.
Pep Guardiola will welcome back Rodri and Jack Grealish after they were both suspended for Wednesday’s defeat at Aston Villa.
Jeremy Doku faces a fitness test while Kevin De Bruyne is a long-term absentee.
Manchester City have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 league matches.
Five of Luton’s last seven league games have featured at least three goals.
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