Manchester United v Arsenal– Old Trafford 30/09/2019 – Kick Off 20.00 pm
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United are going through a tough period at the minute, especially on the injuries front. Pogba has been out for a couple of weeks, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have been struggling and Eric Bailly is out till next year. Now the situation has been compounded with the injury to Rashford, who limped off during the defeat by West Ham.
That leaves the reds seriously short in the final third. Around the club they are optimistic that Pogba will be fit in time, he’s back in full training. Martial too. That will make a major difference to their chance of getting a result.
It’s a risky strategy and questions will be asked just how fit they are though, because without a fit Martial, there’s a chance United will either have to play Lingard or Greenwood upfront as the spearhead of a front 3. Lingard has no form or experience as a No 9 and it’ would be a big ask for Greenwood who is just 17 years old. The situation is far from ideal for a team looking to get their Premier League season back on track.
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The Gunners have a few headaches of their own. Maitland-Niles’ red card against Aston Villa means he won’t be available for the trip to Manchester, with Calum Chambers the most likely replacement.
With Lacazette a long term injury absence, there is an opportunity for an attack-minded player. Arsenal seemed to have settled on a 4-2-3-1 formation, with 2 defensive midfielders sitting in front of the back 4 for extra solidity.
If Emry employs the same formation against united it means it’s a straight shootout between Saka and Ozil for the extra attacking spot. Saka started really brightly against Aston Villa and was unlucky to be substituted early when Maitland-Niles saw red. There’s a good chance he’ll be given another opportunity against Man U with Ozil’s commitment always in question..
Betway are offering great odds on an Arsenal victory and much more
Head to Head
There’s not a lot between them when you look at past meetings. In the last 10 meetings, United came away as winners on 4 occasions, Arsenal 3 and 3 draws.
More recently, last season the clubs met 3 times, twice in the league and again in the F.A Cup. It was a draw at Old Trafford, United came out as winners in the F.A Cup tie and Arsenal beat United at the Emirates.
Games tend to be high-scoring affairs, you’d have to go back to February 2014 for the last time these two met and it was goalless. There tends to be 2-3 goals.
There’s plenty riding on this game. Both teams have been inconsistent this season, a win against another top 6 club could be the captipault that both clubs are looking for.
Arsenal have scored plenty this season, scoring in every game so far and scoring two goals in most. The problem Arsenal have is at the other end where they are equally as porous.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have not set the world alight at either end of the pitch, without being awful, which makes the game even more intriguing.
So what’s the prediction? These two normally have goals, I scoring draw like 2-2 would be well fancied but with Manchester United struggling to create from midfield and either missing a frontline striker of having Martial back but not fully match fit, we are predicting an Arsenal win. Probably on the over too.
Build A Bet
There’s plenty of markets to build a bet for this match that get our juices flowing at Betopin.
Right off the bat, we fancy the over 2.5 on this one, because Arsenal are likely to concede and just as likely to score 2.
Building on that, we fancy both teams to score for exactly the same reason that we like the over.
When you look at the players, recent form and the history between the two clubs, it’s difficult to see past the over and both teams scoring.
Aubameyang to scores would be a good bet, he’s scored 6 goals in his first 6 games, which wouldn’t be a great bet on it’s own, you won’t get great odds, but it adds to a Build a bet nicely.
Finally, we fancy Xhaka to get a yellow card. He is prolific a picking up cards and now sat alongside Guendouzi who is more of a deep lying midfielder, he is really embracing the enforcer role but seems to make poor decisions and gets himself in trouble far too often.
Add all that to an Arsenal win, that’s our build a bet.
Bet of the Week
We like a lot of bets, which is why we really fancy building a bet.this time out
When picking a bet of the week, the issue is, the odds. For example, the betting on Aubameyang to score or betting on both teams to score just doesn’t have great odds. What we really are looking for is the sweet spot between likelihood and return and the return is a struggle.
Our top pick, that we feel meets this criteria is the half time / full time prediction. We like a draw at half-time and arsenal to win.
With Arsenal playing away from home, they’ll start the game playing tight, they’ll be focused at the back. As the game opens up, Arsenal will become more aggressive and the game will open up and get stretched, which is when Arsenal look more dangerous and look more likely to concede.
You can get odds of 6/1 or 11/2 which makes it worth a flutter.