Arsenal v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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A meeting of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho is always TV gold and this 5.30 kick-off between Arsenal and Manchester United will be worth waiting for.

Past Meetings

In all competitions Manchester United have won 94 times to Arsenal’s 81 while there have been 50 draws. The Gunners have won on United’s last two visits without conceding, 2-0 late last season and 3-0 the season before.

Team News

Alexandre Lacazette suffered a groin strain in the mid-week win over Huddersfield and is expected to miss the match. Arsenal also have doubts over Alexis Sanchez who has a hamstring problem and Theo Walcott who is ill. Santi Cazorla remains out with an Achilles injury.

Manchester United have doubts over Marouane Fellaini (knee) Nemanja Matic (knee) Eric Bailly (groin) and Phil Jones (thigh) while Michael Carrick’s recent heart issue make him an unlikely participant.

Arsenal v Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Arsenal are 31/20 to win with Manchester United priced at 85/40 for victory and the odds on a draw being 12/5.

Mourinho the Michavelli of Manchester may have his cover blown? Could all this recent talk of midfield maestro Henrikh Mkhitaryan going missing be because he is on his way out of Old Trafford as ‘the ruthless one’ targets Mesut Ozil in the January window? Mkhitaryan has not scored or assisted since September and that won’t change unless he plays. On the other hand master psychologist Mourinho might unleash Mkhitaryan at the Emirates with a very big point to prove.

Might Romelu Lukaku be next in Mourinho’s sights? Jose pays big money in fees and pushes his clubs to be top money to attract the biggest stars but he expects them to deliver and after a bright start the goals have dried up for the big Belgian who now wants an extra touch in front of goal. With Ibrahimovic back in the fold might Mourinho leave Lukaku on the bench?

Olivier Giroud scored twice after coming on as a sub against Huddersfield and will relish the chance of a start if selected. Equally former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck could pose a threat to Mourinho’s men, particularly if asked to play through the middle.

Recommended Bets

Mesut Ozil to score at anytime at 23/5

Creator supreme Ozil doesn’t score many but with talk of a move to Old Trafford what better way to get himself noticed?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score first at 5/1.

Prices might be based on Zlatan starting on the bench but with Lukaku potentially left out the super Swede might be a super bet.