Arsenal v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews

May 03, 2017

- Grant Whittington


Sunday 7 May – Emirates Stadium – Premier League

Manchester United’s embarrassing showing against Manchester City last week will have Arsenal fans hopeful, but North London has always been a happy hunting ground for Sunday’s visitors. As both desperately need the win to keep up with Liverpool, expect plenty of chances.

Past Meetings

The Gunners won 3-0 here last season in what was their first league victory over Manchester United since 2008, but capitulated 3-2 at Old Trafford four months later. Their first meeting this season ended 1-1, and as both are in dismal form it is a far cry from last decades’ Ferguson vs Wenger showdowns.

Team News

The hosts will be missing Santi Cazorla, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, but should welcome back Laurent Koscielny from a knee injury. The botched attempts at mirroring Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system may finally come to an end after last week’s comprehensive 2-0 loss to arch rivals Tottenham, so a return to 4-2-3-1 is probable.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has distanced himself from an extension at Old Trafford, which will disappoint fans as his short stint in Manchester will have ended with injury. The talismanic Swede is joined by the injured Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, while Marouane Fellaini is suspended.

Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Many fans have begun to wonder why Pep Guardiola has been the recipient of extreme criticism, while Jose Mourinho has garnished praise after last week’s Manchester derby. The Red Devils had no interest in keeping possession, hammering every clearance as far as they possibly could and posted the worst possession stat in Premier League history. Playing for a point backfired however, as United failed to put lowly Swansea to the sword in a 1-1 draw, which explains why they are 3/1 underdogs.

Hosts Arsenal are at evens, and although they actually try to play football, results haven’t been much better. Poor performances all over the field and laughable tactical decisions from the much-maligned Wenger have led to the Gunners praying for fourth place, as mismanagement and a sell-to-buy market strategy have finally caught up with them. Arsenal currently sit five points behind Mourinho’s men in the league table, with a game in hand. They must win to regain advantage and keep tabs on Liverpool, so expect the Gunners to live by their nickname and go all out from kick-off.

Alexis Sanchez is one who will not be worrying over Arsenal’s Champions League status next season as the Chilean should be off to a club worthy of his efforts. Nevertheless, the former Barcelona forward is favourite to open the scoring at 4/1, but this should be avoided. Olivier Giroud has a great record against Sunday’s opponents and is priced at 9/2 to find the net first, a fair price for the best option.

Recommended Bets

Arsenal to win 2-0 at 19/2

Although Wenger is not known for an attacking mindset, sitting sixth in May means he will have to adopt one. Manchester United are toothless without Ibrahimovic, so they shouldn’t be able to hit back.

Aaron Ramsey to score anytime at 4/1

The Welshman hasn’t quite been the same this season, but he is another with a strong record of finding the net against the Red Devils. His low odds of 4/1 to do so proves it, but they’re still high enough for a profit to be made.

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