Premier League Betting Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

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Updated Sunday 20th November 2016, 11:51 AM

Club football returns with a bang this weekend as Manchester United host Arsenal in a meeting of two of the Premier League’s most successful teams. Both sides were seemingly locked in a constant tussle for top spot in the late 90s and early 00s, with encounters between the two often producing fireworks. Nowadays, the fight for Premier League supremacy may be far more open, but the rivalry shared by those in Manchester and North London still burns bright, especially as Arsene Wenger goes head-to-head with his old foe, Jose Mourinho.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Man United 31/20, Arsenal 7/4, Draw 9/4 - Coral
  • First Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud 11/2, Marcus Rashford 6/1, Alexis Sanchez 6/1  - BetVictor
  • Half Time/Full Time: Man United/Man United 10/3, Arsenal/Arsenal 19/5, Draw/Draw 9/2 - Betfred

Form

  • Manchester United started life under the management of Jose Mourinho in a positive manner, taking maximum points from their first three games. However, the Red Devils soon found themselves in a bit of trouble, embarking on a run of one win in seven league games, before finally emerging with a convincing 3-1 win against a struggling Swansea side. Ahead of Saturday’s clash, United will be hoping to improve on their performances against the division’s top sides, having already faced three of the current top four, picking up just one point and conceding six goals in the process.
  • Arsenal find themselves firmly in the early title-chasing pack and are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season. Arsene Wenger’s men currently sit just two points off the top of the table after racking up an impressive seven wins from ten games, a run in which they have found the target on no fewer than 21 occasions. The Gunners have dropped valuable points at home to Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Tottenham this season, but on the road the North London side are enjoying a remarkable sequence of results and haven’t tasted defeat since March, a run that the travelling fans will be hoping continues at Old Trafford.  

Sports.net’s View

Manchester United have saved some of their finest displays for their meetings with Arsenal. The Red Devils have lost only one of their last ten Premier League games with the North London side, and both sets of fans will remember the infamous 8-2 drubbing Sir Alex Ferguson's men handed the Gunners in 2011 for different reasons. The Old Trafford side are favourites to triumph again this weekend, with William Hill offering odds of 8/5 on a home victory and 16/5 on a win to nil. However, for those looking for slightly better odds, a 2-1 United win could be worth considering at 10/1 with Bet365.       

Arsene Wenger will renew his bitter rivalry with Jose Mourinho as the two meet on the Old Trafford touchline. The pair have traded verbal insults ever since Mourinho took charge of Chelsea in 2004, with the current Manchester United boss even labelling his counterpart a ‘specialist in failure’. With the feud between the two coaches seemingly set to continue, there is nothing Wenger would enjoy more that recording a first league win over his old adversary. BetVictor are offering odds of 19/10 that the Frenchman will guide Arsenal to victory over Mourinho’s men, while a win in which both teams find the net looks tempting at 4/1 with Sky Bet.         

For those favouring the first goalscorers market, Saturday’s game could prove tricky. United will be without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Wenger may have reservations when it comes to risking star striker Alexis Sanchez following a recent injury scare. Instead, the spotlight could fall on England striker Marcus Rashford, a player who netted twice in three minutes and provided an assist in the same fixture last term. The 19-year-old is 6/1 with BetVictor to bag the first goal in this game and 33/1 to go one better than last season and score a hat-trick. However, if you’re predicting the away side to strike first, Theo Walcott could be worth considering at 8/1 with Sky Bet. The England frontman traditionally saves his goals for games against sides from the capital, but a run of positive performances this season could lead to the Gunners’ longest serving player breaking the deadlock. 

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score: 4/1 with SkyBet


*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

Published:
Last Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2016 11:51:18+00:00
Published By Sports.net

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