Arsenal hosts Manchester United in this weekend’s Premiership spectacle. The two English titans have a massive rivalry, one of the biggest on the island, so it’s no wonder why this game takes the central spot this weekend. Arsenal failed to win last week at home, with Fulham leaving the Emirates with one point. United didn’t shine either, but the Red Devils have managed to save their honor against Nottingham Forest and to keep three points at Trafford. Neither unit plays some particularly stunning football, and there aren’t any clear favorites coming into this encounter.
Arsenal (-110) was down against Fulham at a very early stage of the event but managed to come back and turn the game upside down completely. The Gunners took the lead, yet after that, shocked the fans, allowing a late goal and losing two points.
This was the first time that Arteta’s unit didn’t win since the season began. After winning the Community Shield vs. Man City, we’ve seen them defeat Nottingham Forest, 2-1, and Crystal Palace, 0-1, before meeting the Cottagers.
Jurrien Timber’s injury has a lot to do with the current situation. And not only that, Gabriel Jesus’ absence is a very problematic issue for Arteta. Timber was projected to be a very important player in the lineup, and as for Jesus, we don’t need to spend too many words about his impact on the field.
Manchester United (+320) was near a knockout against Nottingham Forest, who was up 0-2 in the opening four minutes at Trafford. Luckily for the home team fans, an individual quality pushed the Red Devils to a win.
To be honest, we haven’t seen too much from Erik Ten Hag’s crew. Not only against Forrest, but all three Premier League games played. A win over Wolverhampton was pure luck, then the loss to Tottenham on the road, 2-0, showed all their weaknesses.
In general, the Dutchman has plenty of work ahead of himself. Also, he will start to feel pressure if certain things aren’t changed. After more than a year, United didn’t improve too much, while on the other side, plenty of resources have been invested in this squad.
Timber is out; that’s something we all knew. Jesus could be in the lineup, but Arteta will asses his condition before the game. Lokonga and Elneny are both injured as well.
Raphael Varane is questionable, the same as Rasmis Hojlund. Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount, Amad Diallo, Luke Shaw and Tom Heaton are out on the injury list.
Head to Head Games
United was better than Arsenal on the US tour a few weeks ago, 2-0. Last year, we’ve seen two very interesting matchups with plenty of goals. The Red Devils have defeated Arsenal at the Old Trafford, 3-1, while Arsenal got even in London, 3-2.
The previous four head-to-head events have been with over 3.5 goals and hits on both sides.
We expect to see a high number of goals on Sunday as well. Our confidence relies on the recent defensive issues both units presented, and overall, respective offenses are much better than their defensive counterparts. That’s why both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is the main pick here.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals, and both teams score -125
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