Man Utd v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 05/12/18

Man Utd v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Manchester United v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday evenings Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Manchester United v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 05/12/2018
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Channel: N/A

As the festive fixtures start to come thick and fast over the next few weeks, the start of December sees Arsenal travel to Old Trafford. In a game that has thrown up so many memorable moments over the years, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be hoping that more magic can be created by his so far impressive Arsenal side. Following the results for both teams at the weekend, he has plenty of reasons to be confident as they head North for Wednesday night’s encounter.

United are in turmoil so far in this campaign, having to fight back from 2-0 down early on against a struggling Southampton to salvage a point, with Lukaku and Ander Herrera netting before the break. It was another performance that shows the cracks that have appeared at United this season, leaving them languishing in 7th place in the table, 8 points behind Arsenal who sit in 4th. It was a result that also meant United have not won in their last 3 Premier League outings, with their last victory coming over a month ago, thanks to a last gasp winner from Marcus Rashford when they visited Bournemouth. They have taken just 2 points from a possible 9 in their last 3 games, and as a result now find themselves a massive 16 points behind leaders and cross city rivals Manchester City.

Arsenal on the other hand are finding life under their new manager very sweet at present. Their dramatic derby win over London rivals Tottenham on Sunday showed just how far they have come since Emery took over in the summer. Despite going into the break 2-1 down having taken the lead, they came out fighting in the second half and ran out 4-2 winners in what became a very heated game. The victory means that Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 5 league games, taking 9 points from a possible 15 in those 5 games. Sunday afternoon saw Aubameyang take his tally into double figures for the season (10), with his early penalty giving Arsenal the lead before a sweet strike in the second half got Arsenal back into the game.

Team News

Both sides have players who will be absent on Wednesday. For United, Swedish defender Victor Lindelof will miss the game and the majority of the hectic festive fixtures. He has been, at times, one of United’s better players but still seems to be adjusting to life in England and at Old Trafford. The big news ahead of the game is that former Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez will be absent due to injury and unavailable to face his former club. The Chilean cult hero has failed to impress since his move north, and as a result found himself down the pecking order prior to his injury. Ashley Young is suspended.

Arsenal will be without Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck who are both on the injury list, but Emery has received a boost with Laurent Koscielny returning to training following his lengthy spell on the injury list. The Arsenal club captain reportedly gave an inspirational speech prior to the London derby victory over Spurs and his return will only enhance the strength of the Arsenal squad. Granit Xhaka is suspended.

Potential Man United Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Matic, Pogba, Felliani, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku

Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Holding, Sokratis, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Head To Head

  • United have won 3 out of the 5 previous meetings between the two sides, with Arsenal winning 1 and drawing the other.
  • There has not been a 0-0 draw in any of those last 5 meetings.
  • The last time the two met at Old Trafford, United came away winners 2-1, In April 2018.

Key Stats & Facts

  • United have not won in their last 3 league games.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 5 league games.
  • Both teams have scored in the last 3 meetings that have occurred at Old Trafford.
  • This fixture has seen BTTS 4 out of the last 5, and over 2.5 goals in 3 out of 5.

Betting Odds

  • Man United 2.50
  • Draw 3.60
  • Arsenal 2.90

The Verdict

I do not want to attempt to try and call the outcome here, but given the past 5 meetings, both teams to score would appeal. Given the form of both teams at the moment, I would be tempted to team that with an Arsenal win but their recent record at Old Trafford creates too many doubts.

My focus will be in the cards markets, all depending on the team sheets of course. However, should some of the usual booking suspect’s start, 20+ booking points each team would appeal at the right odds. Personally, I will be looking at individual cards and the player card accumulators on bet365 and SkyBet respectively.

Recommended Bets

  • BTTS @ 53/100 (bet365)
  • 20+ Booking Points each team @ 11/10 (Sky Bet)