fully expects Arsenal to win all their remaining games as they battle for the title.
City are just one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the table but crucially they have a game in hand over their rivals and are looking good to win their fifth title in six seasons.
The Gunners, who had lead the title-race for much of the campaign, saw their hopes fall apart in April with draws against Liverpool, and Southampton, followed by a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad.
They have responded to that humiliating loss well though, beating Chelsea and Newcastle to keep the pressure on the Citizens who also have to navigate a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
And Guardiola, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, believes that they’ll keep up that momentum until the end of the season, saying: ‘I think definitely they are going to win their three games.
‘I would like them to drop points to be honest but I think they will get nine points.
‘There are four games left in the Premier League and it’s really important to be there and keep our destiny in our hands.’
Arsenal’s run-in begins against Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday, before a trip to Nottingham Forest and a final day home game against Wolves.
City meanwhile travel to Everton on Sunday, followed by Chelsea at home and then away fixtures at Brighton and Brentford.
But as mentioned Guardiola’s side also have to contend with the second-leg of their Real semi-final as well as the FA Cup final against Manchester United that takes place just five days after the Premier League concludes.
For now, the focus is on Goodison Park with Sean Dyche’s Toffees going into the clash off the back of a stunning 5-1 win at Brighton which has boosted their chances of avoiding relegation.
‘Brighton is one of the toughest places to go and it was a big impact on Everton’s mood,’ Guardiola added.
‘In the last games everyone plays for something and will be tough. It can happen. They scored the first goal in the first minute, a surprise for the two early goals. The physicality Everton have is really really good. Anything can happen.’
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