Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Arsenal vs Manchester United

Verdict: Arsenal win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Dachbet

In what is a heavyweight showdown from the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal will welcome Manchester United to north London.

Arsenal

Starting with the hosts, left frustrated last weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against Fulham, there is no doubt that Arsenal will be seeking an immediate response here. Suffering Premier League heartbreak back in May as they missed out on the chance to get their hands on a first domestic crown since 2004, Mikel Arteta’s young squad will know the importance of laying down a major statement of intent on Sunday afternoon. Still mustering seven points from their opening three top-flight showdowns, the Gunners will be excited by their extended success in north London. Despite having to settle for that action-packed 2-2 stalemate against Fulham last time out, it should be noted that Arteta’s side have suffered just a single Premier League defeat in front of their own supporters from any of their last 10 straight contests – a run that stems all the way back to February 15th.

Team News

Dealing with a long-term knee injury after undergoing surgery, Arsenal will once again be without summer recruit Jurrien Timber here. The former Ajax defender will be joined on the sidelines by Albert Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny.

Coming off the bench and finding the net against Fulham last weekend, England U21 international Eddie Nketiah will be hoping for a full recall here. Likewise, making a cameo appearance off the bench last time out, ex-Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus will be hoping to get more money under his belt.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, managing to mount what was a stunning comeback at home against Nottingham Forest last weekend, Manchester United are still seeking some much-needed stability. Eventually clinging to a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag’s side have struggled to find much fluidity since opening up the 2023/24 campaign. Getting proceedings underway with a hugely controversial 1-0 win against Wolves on August 14th, the former Ajax boss will also have a continued headache over United’s extended struggles outside of Manchester. Last seen on their travels getting hit with a deserved 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham earlier in the month, ten Hag’s men have remarkably won just a pair of their previous eight Premier League showdowns away from Old Trafford – a run that stems all the way back to February 12th. Despite winning two of their opening three Premier League showdowns this season, the Red Devils certainly face a real challenge here.

Team News

Dealing with what has become a stacked injury list, Manchester United will once again be without the likes of Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and big-money summer arrival Rasmus Hojlund.

While England international Marcus Rashford might still be waiting to open his Premier League account this season, the 25-year-old will spearhead United’s charge here. Forced to settle for a spot as an unused substitute, Alejandro Garnacho could be handed a full recall in north London.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last met back on January 22nd, Arsenal picked up a 3-2 victory at the Emirates.
    • Manchester United have claimed just a single point from any of their previous four Premier League trips to north London.
    • Likewise, continuing on from last season, ten Hag’s men have won just a pair of their last eight Premier League showdowns away from Old Trafford.
    • Arsenal have lost just one of their previous 10 Premier League appearances at the Emirates.
    • Each of the last four top-flight meetings between Sunday’s opponents have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    While Manchester United might have mounted that stunning comeback at home against Nottingham Forest last weekend, Sunday’s guests will be bracing themselves for a stern examination in the capital. Suffering an action-packed 3-2 loss when they travelled to the Emirates for their last Premier League meeting back on January 22nd, the Red Devils should be worried by their continued issues in north London. Along with winning just a pair of their previous eight Premier League contests away from Old Trafford, it should also be noted that United have collected just a single point from their last four trips to the Emirates.

    Verdict: Arsenal win

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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