Manchester United hosts Arsenal in the last match of the English Premier League‘s midweek round. After many turbulences, Manchester United will start a new chapter in its history, hopefully, more successful than the previous one under Solskjaer. Ralf Rangnick won’t lead the Red Devils but the interim manager, Michael Carrick, who was in charge against Chelsea. On the other side, the Gunners are coming to Old Trafford in a solid mood with only one defeat in the past 13 matches, sitting fifth in the standings, which is superb knowing how they started the campaign.
Manchester United (-105) get away with a point from Stamford Bridge, which was a good result for them. Ole left following a disastrous defeat in Watford, but the Red Devils bounced back, beating Villarreal on the road, 0-2, and snapping a point from the Blues.
Carrick won’t change the tactics too much, and will still be cautious and defense-first oriented. Basically, this is a copy/paste from Ole’s setup, with small changes and additions.
United didn’t score at home in the past two games, allowing seven goals on the other end. The rivals were pretty rough, Liverpool, 0-5, and Man City, 0-2. Overall, there is no pattern in Man Utd’s games this year, not in the results nor the efficiency section.
Arsenal (+260) started the year terribly, and for the moment, Arteta was on the verge of being fired. However, the Spaniard managed to bounce back, as well as his entire team, and for the moment, the Gunners are fifth in the standings, one point behind the fourth-placed West Ham. With a game in hand.
In the last 13 contests, Arsenal has 11 wins, two draws, and a loss against Liverpool, which is a superb streak by all means. The defense is the strongest part of the team lately, because the Gunners posted nine clean sheets during this positive stretch.
Believe it or not, all the Arsenal’s road games this season ended with only one side scoring. only two saw more than 2.5 goals.
Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, two French internationals, are out for this game. Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw stand as questionable.
Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka aren’t available for the Gunners, while Bukayo Saka’s presence will be a game-time decision.
Head to Head Games
United will be after its 100th win over Arsenal in this match. The current result in the series is 99 wins for the Red Devils 85 for Arsenal with 50 draws.
In two games last year, we’ve seen only one goal, and that was when Arsenal won at Trafford. Overall, the previous five games were with under 2.5 goals, and only one saw scores on both ends during that span.
The tradition in terms of efficiency will likely continue tonight. United won’t be that keen to set up offensive tactics, while on the other side, Arteta comes to take one point. Expect a boring game, decided by a mistake or some small detail, because there probably won’t be too many chances involved.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals -125
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