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Arsenal Face Manchester United In Premier League Acid Test This Saturday

United bring their excellent recent form and undefeated away record to London to take on Arsenal in a battle of Premier League giants.

Fresh from Thursday night’s Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in London, the capital will see another huge clash on Saturday. This time it is the two big rivals of both these aforementioned clubs, Arsenal and Manchester United, that will go head-to-head.

It is a big game for both teams. Arsenal will seek to continue their much-improved form in the league of late as they seek to continue their charge up the table. Manchester United, on the other hand, will be desperate to maintain their title push after a fantastic run of recent results took them to the top of the table.

As always, any game between these two giants of the Premier League era and English football in general, will always attract lots of interest in the betting markets. This weekend’s game won’t be any different.

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Let us now preview this clash between two of the giants of the Premier League which kicks off Saturday 30th January at 5.30pm UK Time.

Arsenal v Manchester United Preview

Season So Far

Arsenal’s season started brightly enough initially but then fell away dramatically giving Mikel Arteta plenty of headaches as his team stuttered from one defeat to another. However, a 3-1 win over Chelsea has galvanised the side.

Since then, the Gunners have won five of their next seven, drawing one and losing just once, in the FA Cup to Southampton last weekend. A result they avenged a few days later, winning 3-1 at St Mary’s on Tuesday night.

Manchester United had a slightly delayed start to the season and while their away form has been excellent all season long, their home form suffered a big dip earlier in the season, culminating in a 6-1 home thrashing by Spurs.

Since then though, United’s home form has been much better and a run of 12 games without defeat in the league has pushed them to the top two.

They now face a battle with Manchester City and Leicester City for the top spot in the Premier League, with a number of other teams now straining to keep up with the pace being set at the top of the table by those three teams.

Arsenal V Man Utd Factfile

  • The teams have played 233 teams in their history.
  • A Manchester United win on Saturday would be their 100th over Arsenal.
  • The Gunners have beaten United on 85 occasions (49 games drawn)
  • Over the last four games between the teams, Arsenal have the better record. They have won three of those games, drawn one and conceded just one goal in that period.
  • However, in the four games before that, United had won three, with one game drawn in that period.
  • Seven of the last eleven games between the teams have seen both teams score.
  • United’s last win in London against Arsenal in the Premier League was in December 2017.
  • The teams met in November at Old Trafford when Aubameyang’s penalty was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win. That result left Manchester United 15th in the league table.

Current Premier League Stats

Arsenal have played 20 games in the Premier League so far this season, netting 30 points in total. They have scored 26 goals and conceded 20 in those games. They are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games. At the time of writing, they are 8th in the table.

Manchester United have played 19 games (though they play tonight at home to Sheffield United). They have 40 points and are second in the Premier League table at the moment (although a win tonight would take them back top of the table). They have scored 36 goals and conceded 25. Tey are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games.

The last EPL defeat United experienced was at home to Arsenal on November 1st.

Team News & Possible XI

Arsenal will have to check on the fitness of the impressive Emile Smith-Rowe who has cemented a starting place for himself in the team in recent weeks. Thomas Partey is also a doubt after also being substituted in their win over Southampton on Tuesday. However both could be fit to play.

  • Possible Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1) – Leno, Bellerin, Cedric, Luiz, Holding, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Aubameyang, Rowe, Lacazette

Manchester United play Wednesday night against Sheffield United, so their selection will be governed by any fitness issues from that game. Assuming United come through unscathed I can’t see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer naming too much of a different team to his most recent selections.

  • Possible Man Utd XI (4-2-3-1) – De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial

Our Tips For Arsenal V Manchester United

When these two teams last met Arsenal pretty much picked Manchester United’s pockets to land a win at Old Trafford. At that point, United looked more likely to be struggling against relegation but since then the Red Devils have been superb to forge their way to the top of the table.

Arsenal’s dip in form has been improved of late but even so, this is a big ask for them against the team with the best away record in the Premier League. Arsenal’s injuries are also a worry for me here and as such, I think the smart money is on a United win.

Here are the options I would back for this game:

  • Full Time Result – Manchester United – 11/8
  • Correct Score – Manchester United to win 2-0 – 14/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Anthony Martial (Man Utd) – 13/8

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 as of 10am on Wednesday 27th January 2021.

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