This Sunday afternoon, two heavyweights meet in the Premier League. This Manchester United vs. Arsenal match preview is here to provide you with all the info you need in order to make some cash betting on this game.
Mourinho’s team is currently on the second place on the Premier League table. As the title race is lost to their city rivals, the Red Devils plan is to end the season as the runner-ups. But, that won’t be that easy, considering that two other teams (Liverpool and Tottenham) have the very same goal. Of course, Manchester United can make a big leap toward achieving their goal if they manage to beat Arsenal on Sunday.
The Red Devils are huge favorites here for a number of reasons. First of all, they have a squad that’s probably stronger than any other English team apart from Man City. Secondly, the Red Devils will have breathtaking support from the stands of the Old Trafford.
The final reason why Man Utd fans have every right to feel hopeful is that Mourinho’s boys simply love playing big games. This is a side that has managed to beat such teams as Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal. Actually, the last time the Red Devils played against the Gunners, they won by 3:1.
In fact, when you take a look at the head-to-head stats between José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, you see that the Special One really has the advantage. Teams led by Mourinho have won against Wenger’s Arsenal nine times. Seven matches ended without winners, while Arsene was the victor only on two occasions.
The Gunners are most likely to finish this Premier League season on the 6th place, thus getting a place in the Europa League qualifiers. It’s not an impressive success, but the fact is that the competition has been just too fierce.
They do have a mathematical chance to end the season on a higher position, but I doubt they have the motivation to fight such a battle. The reason? They also have to compete in the Europa League. Arsenal are in the semifinal of this competition, but the things don’t look to bright for them after the first part of the doubleheader against Atletico Madrid.
The game was played this Thursday at the Emirates and up until the 82nd minute, everything was going Arsenal’s way. They had a 1:0 lead and Atleti were down to 10 men, after Vrsaljko got sent off. But, then Antoine Griezmann outsmarted Arsenal’s defense and scored the equalizer.
In fact, that goal showed that the Gunners have serious problems at the back. So far, Mustafi was the main subject of criticism, but after this match, Laurent Koscielny is bound to join him. His mistake led to Griezzmann’s goal and it made me wonder if he’s gonna do something similar against Man Utd.
Manchester United absentees:
- Jesse Lingard (doubtful)
- Antonio Valencia (doubtful)
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (injury)
- Mohamed Elneny (injury)
- Santi Cazorla (injury)
De Gea – Smalling, Bailly, Darmian, Young – Herrera, Matic, Pogba – Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku
Cech – Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Kolasinac – Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere – Welbeck, Lacazette
Manchester United vs. Arsenal Match Prediction
I can’t see any other scenario than Manchester United winning all three points easily. Arsenal simply don’t have what it takes to do well at the Old Trafford. In fact, the last time they won a Premier League game on the turf of Man United was back in 2006, when Fredrik Ljungberg and William Gallas were still playing football.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal Betting Tips
- Manchester United @1.44 (bet365)
- Half Time/Full Time 1/1 @2.15 (bwin)
- AH Manchester United -1.5 @2.20 (Unibet)