Manchester United Favourites to Down Gunners

Manchester United v Arsenal matches have historically been titanic battles between two of the leading teams in England, although neither side have been pulling up any trees during the 2020/21 season and we’re not sure that Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford will necessarily be a classic.

The Red Devils operated a safety-first policy when they recently clashed with Chelsea and will come into this match after meeting RB Leipzig in the Champions League, while Arsenal were beaten at home to Leicester in their most recent top-flight encounter.

Are Manchester United Value at 23/20?

At the time of writing, there’s some 23/20 knocking around when it comes to Manchester United beating Arsenal, with this offering punters the chance to more than double their money should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side claim a victory although the jury is out on whether that can be achieved.

So far the Red Devils have a 0% success rate at Old Trafford in the Premier League after losing consecutive matches against Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur before a rather meek goalless draw against Chelsea where neither team were prepared to take any chances.

United have enjoyed away wins at Brighton and Newcastle, although some will find their odds a little skinny considering that they’ll meet a team who will put up a few brick walls in their attempt to land a point.

What Has Happened to Arsenal’s Bright Start?

If you were going to award a school grade to Arsenal for their start to the 2020/21 Premier League season, then you would have to award them a C considering that they have won three of their matches and lost the other three.

Defeats away to Liverpool and Manchester City are pretty much acceptable given the dominance of this duo over the past few seasons, although Sunday’s home reverse against Leicester has set a few alarm bells ringing.

Perhaps victories over Fulham and West Ham flattered to deceive, especially the latter when the Hammers were comfortably on top for the second half, with the goals having dried up in the past few matches and Mikel Arteta is now under pressure to improve the fortunes of this club.

What Are the Best Bets for this Match?

We are not particularly keen to back either team to win the game, although we think the draw is a viable runner at Old Trafford. Manchester United seem to be happy operating with Fred and Scott McTominay in the central midfield position and protecting the defence, something which strengthens the case for the game ending all square.

Arsenal also played out a low-scoring clash against Leicester before the Gunners were sucker-punched towards the end of the match and they will want to avoid a third successive defeat in the Premier League so there will be an element of wanting to stop the rot in this clash.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a decent betting angle, then Under 2.5 Goals looks like a decent play and you might even want to hazard a wager on Under 1.5 Goals, while there is even the option to bet on No Goalscorer if you want to be really brave with your bets.

We can recall the Gunners having some decent scoring chances when losing 1-0 at Manchester City and maybe they will be able to have some joy on the counter-attack, with an Arsenal 1-0 victory perhaps the order of the day if they can run a tight ship.

Anthony Martial will be back from suspension and perhaps the attack can be transformed by the Frenchman returning, with Marcus Rashford likely to go out on the left side of the attack and replacing Dan James, while Edinson Cavani is another attacking option.

Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba are waiting patiently for their opportunity to come back into the team although it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will want to take the attacking option.


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