The top two teams in the English Premier League will face off in the FA Cup in Manchester on Friday. It’s an opportunity for Arsenal to further signal that the surprisingly strong start is no fluke.
The game will not be televised in the US but can be streamed on ESPN+.
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Manchester City – Arsenal (FA Cup)
What time does the game start? Can I watch it on TV? – Friday’s game begins at 3:00pm EST at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. It airs on ESPN+, but not on traditional TV networks in the US.
Information about the live stream: The game will air on ESPN+, ESPN’s streaming service, which requires a subscription.
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A look at what’s happening in European football on Friday:
Manchester City host Arsenal in the FA Cup but it’s a game that could have a bigger impact on the Premier League title race. Leaders Arsenal are five points clear of reigning champions City after playing a game in hand. A win at Etihad Stadium would reinforce belief that the Gunners can complete a title challenge. But the win for City could give him a psychological boost in the second half of the season.
Espanyol visit Almeria and are aiming for a third consecutive win in the Spanish league to move further down the table. Back-to-back wins at Getafe and at home against Real Betis have lifted them out of the relegation zone to 13th place. Espanyol striker Joselu Mato has scored 10 goals, just second in the competition behind Barcelona’s Roberto Lewandowski and his 13 goals.
Strong form Leipzig wants to put more pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a home win against Stuttgart. Marco Rose’s team was able to reduce the gap to just one point by the end of the 18th round. Bayern, who started the year with two draws, host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Leipzig are full of confidence after the 1-1 draw with Bayern and the subsequent 6-1 away win against Schalke. But Stuttgart have shown signs of improvement since the return of Bruno Labbadia as coach.
Fifth-placed Rennes will be confident for the trip to Lorient after beating leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the last round of play. Rennes need a win to keep them in contention for third place and a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds. Rennes will be without their best striker, Martin Terrier, for the remainder of the season as he recovers from knee surgery, but reinforced his attack by signing Cameroonian striker Karl Toko Ekambi from Lyon. Seventh-placed Lorient, meanwhile, are trying to hold onto top scorer Terem Moffi despite interest from Marseille and Nice. Moffi’s 12 goals this season put him adrift of LaLiga’s top scorer, Kylian Mbappé of PSG.