Premier League Betting: Man United v Arsenal - Fan v Fan Preview



Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.

Team news

Manchester United face no new injury worries with Kagawa, Vidic, Smalling and Jones all out. Smalling would have been a welcome addition to the side having been back in first team training for a week or two, but Sir Alex has said that he is not ready for action.

Form

The Reds continue to march on, having finally beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. The win will have filled the side with confidence, especially after the early blitz the shocked the European champions. Even a midweek loss to Di Matteo’s side won’t dent morale, considering the lengths Chelsea had to go to in order to progress to the next stage of the Capital One Cup against a second string United side.

Head-to-head

The Arsenal of yesteryear is well and truly dead and they are now a side United enjoy playing against. I won’t have to remind you of the scoreline in last season’s game at Old Trafford and that was no anomaly; Arsenal have beaten United just once in the last ten meetings and last tasted victory at Old Trafford six years ago.

Best bets

Robin Van Persie to score first. This game is screaming out for an RVP goal: he is the big story here and I think he’ll hog the headlines on Sunday morning.

Over 3.5 goals at 2.40. There were ten goals in this fixture last year and United are scoring and conceding at an alarming rate this term. I expect this game to have goals in it too.

Over 1.5 first half goals at 2.25. From being caught cold to lightening starts, this season almost guarantees early goals in United games.

Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Arsenal (12.50)

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Arsenal perspective: James McNicholas, Gunnerblog.

Team news

The news is that there is no news. Wojciech Szcesny, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby and Gervinho are all still out, meaning that Arsenal will be relying on the same group of players who laboured to a 1-0 win over QPR. The stars of Tuesday's 7-5 win over Reading, such as Theo Walcott, are unlikely to start, having played 120 minutes in midweek.

Form

Arsenal's last few games have seen them lose to Norwich, lose to Schalke, edge past QPR, and go 4-0 down inside half an hour to Reading. There are plenty of worrying signs. The other side of the coin shows a couple of wins on the bounce and a side invigorated by the return of Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere.

Head-to-head

The 8-2 hammering of last season is immortalised in infamy now among Arsenal fans.  Erasing those memories is essential. United's recent record against Arsenal is formidable, so it'll be no easy task. Arsenal will be hoping for a performance they can take pride from, regardless of the result.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 2.30. After the midweek exploits of both teams, everyone's expecting goals. However, after last year's disaster, Arsenal might make it a cagier affair. The odds make it worth a punt, at least.

Arsenal HT at 3.00. We were dreadful in the first half at Reading, but will be looking to make amends early on at Old Trafford.

Arsenal/Man United HT/FT at 42.00. If you fancy United to continue the trend of great comebacks this week, you can back them to overturn a half-time deficit at great odds.

Score prediction: United 2 - 1 Arsenal (8.00)

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