Manchester United vs. Arsenal FC Premier League Betting Picks And Odds
This is undoubtedly the spiciest game in Matchweek 7 and the uncertainty of this fixture is giving a minor headache to the punters.
As the Gunners travel to Old Trafford, they’d look to end their 13 year-long winless streak here. So, let’s have a look at all the facets of the tie and see what this game has at its disposal for the betting space.
Manchester vs. Arsenal Premier League Betting Preview
Both teams have had a similar season far, and the home advantage and Arsenal’s record at the venue give United a little edge in this tie.
However, I’d still call it a 50-50 game, as per the availability of the players for both teams.
Manchester vs. Arsenal Betting Odds
|+125 (Draw +252)||Moneyline||+185 (Draw +252)|
|Over 3 (-105)||Game Total||Under 3 (-125)|
These two clubs have produced very evenly matched ties over the last few seasons. If we look at last 10 games between them, three games have ended as draws while United have won four leaving Arsenal with three.
The Troubled Manchester United
There have been gloomy times at this club in the last few weeks. They did kicked-off their season on a high when they thrashed Chelsea in a 4-0 win at Home but things haven’t really gone their way ever since.
In fact, #OleOut was trending on twitter after their embarrassing loss against West Ham last weekend. Manchester United’s biggest problem over these years has been inconsistency and it usually sells false hopes to the punters (and the fans too).
Their attackers always got away from the criticism in the past because of their abysmal defense line-up but ever since this summer transfer window happened, their forwards have been exposed.
The point is, you need goals to win games and their forwards simply lack the killer instinct that makes you win games. Goals put teams the opposition under pressure and that factor usually goes missing in United’s games.
Hence, despite having one of the best defenses in the league, they’re struggling to keep a clean sheet.
Manchester United Team News
Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw were expected to return last week but neither of them was involved in the fixture. However, Pogba has been declared fit and would likely get a few minutes their game EFL Cup game against Rochdale.
Still, no update about the return of Martial and Shaw and the most we can expect from them would be to make a cameo from the bench.
One significant blow for the Red Devils would be the injury of Marcus Rashford. Him being away left United with the option of Jesse Lingard or the 17 y/o Mason Greenwood to lead the line—talk about chaos.
If Martial is declared fit, it would be a significant boost for the Red Devils, so keep an eye on the Ole Gunner’s presser before the game.
The Free-scoring Arsenal Team
Arsenal games are usually fun to watch because they guarantee goals—from both ends. The situation at Arsenal is not as bad United but it is still far away from being ideal.
They’ve conceded nine goals in their last four games and no manager would be happy with that stat if he’s aiming for a top-four finish.
It looks like their defense would relatively upgrade to some folds with the return of Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, as both the players featured in their last game against Nottingham Forest.
Their 3-2 comeback might give a little hope to the fans but it’s Arsenal’s defense that always puts extra pressure on the attackers—quite the opposite of United.
Arsenal Recent News
Arsenal’s key striker, Alexandre Lacazette would remain out of the action for the game. As mentioned above, the return of Hector Bellerin and Keiron Tierney has been a much-awaited for the Arsenal fans and the manager.
However, both the players have returned after being away for months, and players usually are eased into teams after such injuries.
As suggested by Premier League’s injury guru Ben Dinnery:
Bellerin not ready to start in the PL and his minutes will be guided by the club-doctor. “He wants to do it progressively. Really tonight is the first day and the first minutes, and we are going to maybe share some minutes with the U23s. It depends [on] how he’s feeling.” #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) 25 de septiembre de 2019
So, both of the players could come off the bench and that’s still a positive. Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ red card in the last game rules him out of this fixture.
What’s The Pick For Manchester United vs. Arsenal FC
After 6 games played, United have had only two games which involved over 2.5 goals. Arsenal, on the other hand, has had only one game under 2.5 goals.
Moreover, four of the last five meetings between these two clubs involved an over 2.5 goals affair. With the reputation Arsenal’s attack has maintained over time, it’s fair to expect at least one goal from their end.
And if we speak about their defense, they’ve conceded goals from teams that are offensively weaker than United—you know where this is going.
So, it’s fair to expect United to net at least one goal and the inclusion of Pogba takes the possibility to two. So, my prediction for the game would be a 2-2 draw if Anthony Martial doesn’t return from an injury.
He’s one of United’s most reliable strikers and if he comes back, it could be a 3-1 or 3-2 kind of win for the Red Devils. The best bets would undoubtedly be over 2.5 goals and Aubameyang being the anytime scorer.
Manchester vs. Arsenal Premier League Match Information
- Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- Venue: Old Trafford
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