When it comes to spicy Premier League affairs, few clashes are as hard fought as Manchester United versus Arsenal. Who remembers Martin Keown’s demented dance around Ruud van Nistelrooy, for just one example.
But the first of this season’s clashes between the old rivals on September 30 takes on extra significance, with both sets of fans showing displeasure with their managers.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t set the start of the season alight, with two defeats, two draws and two wins.
Arsenal, meanwhile, might have three wins under their belt, but they had to scrap past Aston Villa last time out to win 3-2, and let a 2-0 lead against Watford slip to 2-2 before that.
What Does History Point To?
Let’s take a look at the last few league results to see any pattern when it comes to placing a bet.
- Arsenal v Man Utd – 10 March 2019 – 2-0
- Man Utd v Arsenal – 5 Dec 2018 – 2-2
- Man Utd v Arsenal – 29 Apr 2018 – 2-1
- Arsenal v Man Utd – 2 Dec 2017 – 1-3
- Arsenal v Man Utd – 7 May 2017 – 2-0
- Man Utd v Arsenal – 19 Nov 2016 – 1-1
So, two wins for Arsenal, two wins for United and two draws there. But what does Unibet think will be the outcome?
It’s Looking Tight…
Unibet has United as slight favourites. Solkjaer’s side are 5/4 with home advantage. Arsenal, meanwhile, are 41/20, with the draw at 13/5.
So, safe to say the bookies think it’s pretty much anyone’s game.
But what they do think is that there will be goals…
Bish, Bash, Bosh…
Harry Maguire may have strengthened United’s defence, but they have only kept two clean sheets so far. That, however, is one more than Arsenal, in the league this season.
And if you look at past results, there has been more than two goals in each of the last six matches.
If you think there will be again, Unibet offers 1/6 on over 1.5 goals in the game, 3/5 on over 2.5 goals, and 8-5 on over 3.5 goals.
Who Will Score?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has six goals so far this season, so Unibet make him favourite to score at 27/20. United’s Marcus Rashford, who only has three so far, is 17/10. Perhaps one of the most interesting prices is 30/1 on Arsenal’s David Luiz to score. OK, so he’s not been great defensively this season, But he does have the ability to pop up at a corner, or put a blasting free-kick in. Could he be worth a bet with Unibet?