Arsenal v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 10/03/19
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Arsenal v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/03/19
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
We have to start with the exploits of Man Utd on Wednesday night. Admit it, you didn’t give them a chance! To be fair, not many did, but those inside the Man Utd dressing room clearly retained the belief. Having VAR was certainly helpful, but the celebrations of the PSG players after winning the first leg probably made this victory taste even better. They had an endless injury list and were minus the suspended Paul Pogba, but they advance in the UEFA Champions League. A second trip of the season to Arsenal is to come, and they’d love to replicate their FA Cup win from January to continue their upward momentum, and a 100% away record under the management of who should soon become the permanent manager of Man Utd, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
It was a different emotion entirely for Arsenal as French side Rennes defeated them in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League knockout tie. The Gunners did play just over half of that game with ten men, and whilst they’ll believe they can turn it around at the Emirates, it was still a ultimately a bad night overall. Nevertheless, Unai Emery’s team are on an eight-game winning streak in the league at home that they’re looking to increase. They enter this encounter one-point behind Man Utd in the table, so a loss would be a huge dent to their top four prospects.
Arsenal are minus the injured trio of Hector Bellarin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. Alexandre Lacazette did not feature in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie in Rennes due to suspension, which only applies to European competition. He is backed to play in the lone striker position this weekend. A strong team was fielded in France, and having to play such a long time with ten men means freshness could be an issue. Some changes are likely, with Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey set to earn recalls.
Man Utd completed the miracle in Paris during the week without several first-team players. Paul Pogba was suspended, but of course he is free to participate in the Premier League and he will do so this weekend. Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia were all out of action. It remains to be seen if any will play any part on Sunday, with it looking increasingly unlikely.
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis, Nacho Monreal, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi, Alexandre Lacazette.
Potential Man Utd Starting XI: David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford.
Head To Head
- Arsenal are winless in the last five meetings, with their last victory coming back in 2017, when goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck secured a 2-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s side.
- Man Utd have won on their last two visits to the Emirates, including earlier in the season when knocking the Gunners out of the FA Cup.
- If Man Utd were to win on Sunday, it would be their 100th over Arsenal. Unai Emery’s men are chasing an 82nd success in this fixture, whilst 48 have ended all-square.
Key Stats & Facts
- Since Solksjaer was appointed to the job at Old Trafford, Man Utd have won every single away game they’ve played. It is played nine and won nine on the road, including triumphs over Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal (FA Cup) and, of course, Paris Saint-Germain.
- Emery has overseen a strong home record since he replaced Arsene Wenger last summer. Only the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham (Carabao Cup) has left the Emirates claiming the spoils.
- Arsenal are on an eight-game winning streak at home, with the home draw to Wolves in November being the last time they dropped points in front of their own supporters.
- Only Paris Saint-Germain (first leg), Liverpool and Burnley have prevented Man Utd from winning in a single game since Solksjaer replaced Mourinho. Of the 17 games he has taken charge of, they’ve only failed to score 2+ on four occasions.
- Arsenal 6/5
- Draw 5/2
- Man Utd 21/10
The long injury list at Man Utd ultimately places some doubts over them, despite their fine exploits in Paris. They were under heavy pressure on the night, so tiredness could be a factor. The same problems possibly surround Arsenal, who played as recently as Thursday night, and with ten men for over half of that contest. I’ll happily swerve the 1×2 market as quite simply anything can happen!
However, I do believe there is every chance that this could be a bit of a classic. Arsenal will be hurting after the loss in Rennes and this is an opportunity to unleash some anger, albeit against a strong opponent. Man Utd in a way could feel a bit of extra pressure going into this after what they achieved over PSG, despite the fact they are deemed outsiders for this clash.
Emery will fire up his team from the off, plus Solksjaer will again look to play on the counter attack, and should get some joy via this route. I expect goals, from each side, especially in the first half. 2-2 is also a tentative selection, which wouldn’t necessarily be the worst result in the world for either team.