Try picking a winner here. Both clubs are sitting pretty in the top four ahead of this fixture and splitting them on current form is rather difficult. In away games against England’s elite clubs, Jose Mourinho tends to adopt a slightly more defensive approach but the Gunners are there for the taking defensively.
The tactical battle between Mourinho and his opposite number Arsene Wenger should be fascinating given their history...
Gunners Have Been Formidable On Home Soil
Arsenal have won their last 12 matches at the Emirates Stadium and it would take a brave man to back against Wenger’s side this weekend. In seven Premier League fixtures, Arsenal have scored 20 goals – an incredible attacking record. Wednesday’s mammoth win against Huddersfield Town has cemented their spot in the top four ahead of this titanic battle.
But the Gunners will have to do it without Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman has been in great form at the Emirates Stadium this season but will miss Saturday’s game after picking up an injury against Huddersfield. In his absence, the onus will be on Olivier Giroud to lead the line. After notching a brace on Wednesday night, he could be fired up and is well priced at 17/10 to get his name on the scoresheet.
Arsenal have won their previous three Premier League encounters without conceding a goal and punters fancying a routine Gunners success can get 18/5 via 888sport’s football betting markets. United’s goal scoring record away from home is shoddy at best and Mourinho may shoot himself in the foot once again if the Red Devils sit back too often.
Red Devils Looking To Send A Statement Of Intent
United stormed into a three-goal lead away at Watford earlier this week but nearly fell short after conceding twice in a matter of minutes. With the exception of Manchester City, United have been the class act in the Premier League this campaign and Mourinho’s men are due a big win. 19/10 is an excellent price and certainly shouldn’t be scoffed at.
After a red-hot start to life at Old Trafford, Romelu Lukaku appears to be struggling. Missing the odd chance in front of goal wouldn’t be a huge problem but he is now missing clear-cut opportunities on a weekly basis. The United striker is a little short at 17/11 to add to his tally for the season and it might be worth looking at a certain Swede instead...
Zlatan Ibrahimović is back. Many believed that his career was over after suffering a serious ACL injury less than one year ago but lions don’t recover like humans, do they? Currently a 28/17 chance to bag this weekend, this is the kind of stage that Ibrahimović relishes and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see his name on the scoresheet.
The sensible pick here would be Arsenal but I fancy Mourinho to finally get it right away at a big club. There’s an aura of invincibility surrounding the Gunners on home soil but Wenger’s men will be wary of a United success.
The Red Devils don’t have the best of records in north London but victory here will just about keep City on their toes in the Premier League title race.
ARSENAL 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED (Priced at 9/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*