Manchester United vs Arsenal is always one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the Premier League calendar. These two giants of English football spent the majority of the 2000s battling it out for top flight supremacy. Although both sides have fallen on harder times of late, Sunday’s contest is still shaping up to be a supernova of a clash.
Both United and Arsenal have endured very mixed starts to the season. Due to their unpredictability, you may be struggling to predict which team is going to come out on top. Luckily, PlayersBest’s expert team of football tipsters are here to assist you. Check out our extensive analysis to maximise your chances of securing a win this weekend.
A fantastic post-lockdown run of form led to United sneaking into the Champions League spots during the closing stages of last season. Because of this, hopes were high heading into the current campaign. Unfortunately, the Red Devils results have been patchy. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won two, drawn one and lost two in the Premier League so far, mainly due to their leaky defence. They have already conceded 12 goals and will need to tighten things up to have any chance of defeating Arsenal. More is also required from their high earning players with Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial particularly struggling.
Arsenal have also enjoyed a mixed start to the Premier League season, winning three and losing three so far. The games that the Gunners have lost have both come against members of the so-called ‘Big Six’ (Manchester City and Liverpool), which may not bode well for their trip to Old Trafford. A much more disappointing result was their most recent loss to Leicester City. The Gunners’ lack of cutting edge in that game summed up their season so far. Since signing a big money contract, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has returned just one league goal, while Alexandre Lacazette has also been misfiring.
As they are two footballing heavyweights, it will come as no surprise that United and Arsenal have met on no less than 232 previous occasions. Historically, there has been very little to choose between the two sides. United have won 99 of the contests to Arsenal’s 84, while 49 fixtures have ended all square.
Last season, it was Arsenal who dominated. The Gunners recorded an excellent 2-0 home win on New Year’s Day – thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastatopoulos – while they also recorded a fine 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Overall, the Gunners are unbeaten in four Premier League fixtures against United, a record that could play a key role on Sunday.
One way to take your sports betting skills to supergalactic levels is by using statistical analysis. Our team of tipsters at PlayersBest always make sure to do this before recommending our selections. Check out some of the key stats before Sunday’s game below.
This is a really tough one to call. Both sides have experienced patchy starts to the season and on paper, look very evenly matched. Because of that, we just can’t look past a draw for this one.
With both sides experiencing less than ideal starts to the season, each will be desperate to get three points on Sunday. Unfortunately, PlayersBest only sees this ending one way – and that’s in a draw.
For all of United’s defensive frailty, Arsenal’s recent lack of potency going forward makes it very likely that the two teams will cancel each other out. Historically, there has been very little to choose between the two sides as well. We do not expect this to change on Sunday, making a draw the most likely outcome.
It’s not the result that under pressure United boss Solskjaer will be after, especially at home. In the opposing dugout, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be very happy if his side does manage to secure a point.
The very best odds for our tip come courtesy of BetSafe, who are offering a generous 27/10 on things ending all square at Old Trafford.
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