Pale Arsenal is awaiting Manchester United in what is the first big English Premier League super-derby in 2020. Mikael Arteta is under pressure to post a win, as the newly appointed manager already failed to win on two games. Meanwhile, Manchester needs to be more constant and avoid occasional slips, which they have so often.
A shocking defeat against Chelsea extended the Gunners’ stretch of suffering. Over the last 15 matches in all the competitions, Arsenal won only once. They have four straight losses at home, and that is something that happened just a few times throughout history. Right now, Arsenal hasn’t won at home in seven games, and in only one of them, the club from North London didn’t allow two or more goals, which is a stunning fact. And when you think that before the start of the championship, they aimed the Champions League spot, things are becoming weirder and weirder. What is also a problem is the chemistry in the locker room, as many players seek a way out. Among them is a rebel captain Granit Xhaka who allegedly wants to join Hertha Berlin and whose previous actions made the environment in Arsenal a bit toxic. As for the statistics, seven of the previous eight at Emirates ended with both sides scoring, and the same number saw over 2.5 goals.
United is improving, but from time to time, Solskjaer’s boys do something which pretty much overshadows all of the good things they’ve produced. Right now, they have three wins in four matches, and we have to say that the loss against Watford made them look ridiculous after beating Tottenham. In seven of the previous 10 games, the Red Devils played we saw a moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals, and that is something usual since Solskajer took over the wheel. We can’t quite understand what is wrong with this team, and why they have such vast oscillations.
Arsenal has a minor hospital on the roster, with Chambers, Kolasinac, Sokratis, and Tierney missing this one for sure, while Bellerin, Ceballos, Holding, Martinelli, and Xhaka all have a question mark beside their names.
On the other side, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, McTominay, Rojo, and Tuanzebe are out.
Head to head
United has 99 wins, Arsenal 83 and 49 games ended with a draw, throughout history. The first match this season ended 1:1, after a solid battle at the Old Trafford. The last time these two played at Emirates, the hosts posted a 2:0 victory.
The pressure on both managers will be enormous because the entire world will watch this game. Manchester is in a slightly better position, as one point from this contest seems just fine for their fans, while on the other hand, Arteta needs to win. In general, this is perfect for Solskajer, who is excellent in these situations. Every time he defends or at least doesn’t have to attack, his team plays very well. So, even though it is a risky move, betting on United in this one sounds very logical. If you don’t want to risk that much, moderate efficiency, 2 or 3 goals seems just fine.
Pick: Manchester United to win +150
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