Arsenal and Manchester United are both outsiders to make the top four in the Premier League after disappointing results last week, and it looks like a do or die for both teams at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
United’s injury issues and a Europa League trip to Celta Vigo will count against them, but they will be consolated by a decent past record at Arsenal’s home ground, losing just twice in their last seven visits.
Arsenal had their three-game winning run in all competitions halted with their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby. They remain six points off the pace in the race for the top four, although they have an extra game to play than Manchesters City and United, who are currently occupying the fourth and fifth positions.
Wenger’s recent change in formation hasn’t quite solved all of the team’s general problems. However, a home match could be just what the Gunners need to bounce back. Arsenal have won three of their last four league games at the Emirates, and are backed to get their fourth win in last five home games at odds of (1.93) on SportyBet. The Gunners must win this match if they are to have any chance of finishing in the top four.
Arsenal have an history of struggling against other teams in the “top 6” in the division. They have had just one win against Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, and United this season, with five losses and three draws.
Manchester United are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League final after beating Celta Vigo 1-0 away from home in their first leg in midweek.
Marcus Rashford rescued United after another not too impressive performance, looking at their attack most especially. United have now kept a clean sheet for the fourth time in the last six matches. A clean sheet for United in this tie can be backed at (1.41).
United manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to make too many changes to his team despite playing in Europa League midweek. His team should include Rashford leading the attack. Rashford scored two goals in a 3-2 home win over Arsenal last year. Another goal for Rashford in this tie can be backed at (3.10) on SportyBet.
Ozil, Giroud, Herrera and Welbeck have each scored on two separate occasions in recent years, but of course Welbeck is of particular interest due to his former team United. Welbeck is available at (2.60) to score anytime and make it a hat-trick of scoring against his former employers.
Both teams are (1.72) on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Arsenal are Alexis Sanchez at (4.61) with Olivier Giroud at (4.93). For Manchester United, Marcus Rashford is at (7.19), with Wayne Rooney at (7.87).
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