The wonderful old rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United gets renewed on Sunday in a 4:30 PM kick-off at the Emirates stadium in North London. The first meeting between these two this season produced a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in early December.
While this great rivalry itself has produced so many classics over the years. There are a very important three points riding on this next clash between the two. The odds on Arsenal to beat Manchester United at home on the weekend are at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
Manchester United 2/1
Draw 13/5 odds
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
This should be really fascinating battle between the two sides. In December’s meeting at Old Trafford, it was Arsenal who got themselves a lead twice in the fixture. Neither time that they managed to get themselves in front on the day, did they hold that lead for very long.
But the Gunners gave a good account of themselves in such a big away game. The odds-on Arsenal to beat Manchester United are at 7/5 to see them convert on home soil against the Red Devils* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
Arsenal have some terrific home form going at the moment. Their current streak of eight straight league home wins has left them in a position of holding the joint second best home record in the entire division. Only Manchester City have a better home record in this season’s league than Arsenal currently have. In their current eight match winning streak Arsenal have scored at least two goals in seven of those successes. Overall this season they have averaged 2.3 goals per home game.
So they have the attacking power behind them to cause Manchester United some problems again. Arsenal have also been strong at the back as well on home soil this season. The Gunners have conceded at an average of 0.8 goals per home fixtures this season. Their overall home record in the Premier League this season stands at W12 D2 L1 and they are unbeaten in their last 14 at the Emirates. Their only loss was in the very first home game of the season which was against Manchester City.
The Gunners have played four home games this season against other big six sides. In those, they have taken wins over Chelsea and Tottenham, and they earned a point against Liverpool along with that defeat against the Citizens. So Arsenal have done pretty well on home soil in their big home games. Eight of their 12 home wins this season have been by a to goal margin. The Gunners have scored 69% of their home goals in the second half of fixtures.
Manchester United are on a four-match undefeated streak of form against Arsenal across all competitions, winning three of those four. The last season’s corresponding fixture Manchester United collected a 3-1 victory at the Emirates, but Arsenal had won their two previous home games against the Red Devils, both with a clean sheet. There really hasn’t been much between them in recent meetings and in the last seven Premier league clashes Manchester United are slightly ahead with a W3 D2 L2 record over the Gunners.
This will, of course, be no easy challenge against Manchester United. The Red Devils are undefeated in the Premier League since December 22. They have won 10 of their last 12 played (D2). Their away form is right on point at the moment having won each of their last six. But it is worth putting into context that all but one of the six games were against sides who are currently in the bottom half of the table. The one exception of that away sequence was United’s 1-0 away win at Tottenham back in mid-January.
They do have the scoring form as well to put up a good showing in this one as they have averaged exactly 2 goals per away game this season. 73% of Manchester United away games this season have made it over 2.5 goals line. In their last six road games, the United defence has conceded just the two goals. But they will be facing a strong attack that Arsenal are currently carrying on home soil. Manchester United will be defending a one-point lead over Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish this season.
The heavyweight fixture of English football that is Manchester United v Liverpool rolls around on Sunday. What a tremendous showdown this should be as well. Earlier in the season when the two met, Liverpool had a comfortable time against a negative Red Devils approach, then still under Jose Mourinho.
However, since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over, the Reds are flying. The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool are 21/20 (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).
Manchester United 21/10
* (betting odds taken from February 22nd, 2019 at 7:09 pm)
“Revival” really is the only word that you can use to describe the transformation that the Red Devils have gone through. They haven’t looked back since making a managerial change last December. They were bold enough to recognise that things were working and the Red Devils have raced away to a W11 D1 L1 record in their last fourteen games played across all competitions.
The only loss in that sequence, and therefore the only defeat they have suffered under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, happened in the UEFA Champions League at home against PSG recently. But in their very next game, they produced a fantastic performance away at Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup to take a 2-0 win. They have a bit of their old swagger back do the Red Devils.
On the domestic front at home in the Premier League the Red Devils have won four of their last five (D1). They are currently on a big unbeaten stretch of 10 league games at Old Trafford and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last six on home soil. So they are going to pose a big threat in this one. They have looked direct and dynamic, particularly when they are playing on the counter-attack.
United have been boosted by Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, two of their speedy forwards, being back in contention for this game after recent injury issues. The Red Devils have averaged over two goals per game this season, but the one surprise about their home form is that they have just the one home clean sheet. The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool and both teams to score in the match is at 9/2 odds (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).
Liverpool pretty coasted to a 3-1 win at Anfield over Manchester United back in December. However, the Red Devils do have home form against Liverpool. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five home games against Liverpool in all competitions. They have gone W3 D1 in their last four Premier League home games against the Reds. So they don’t make life easy for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
While Liverpool are still well in the race for the Premier League title, their form in 2019 has had a few stumbles. From the start of the season right through to the end of December, Liverpool dropped just the six points in their Premier League campaign. Since the turn of the new year, they have dropped a total of seven in just six games (W3 D2 L1).
So has the long season and pressure been catching up with them? If you look across all competitions in 2019, Liverpool have posted a W3 D3 L2 record, including a 0-0 draw at home against Bayern Munich in midweek in the UEFA Champions League. In just two of the games in that eight-match, sequence did Liverpool managed to score more than one goal in a match.
This is one of the great English fixtures on the calendar. It will be a raucous afternoon at Old Trafford and there will probably be a few meaty tackles flying around. The interesting thing is, despite their current strong form, the Red Devils are underdogs.
The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool are at 21/10 and that is some value that is actually pretty tough to ignore on a team in such good form (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).
The big tie of the FA Cup fifth round is going to the last one to kick off. On Monday night Manchester United will make the trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. So another big name in the Cup will take a tumble. It’s an important game for both of these as they look to try and move towards securing some domestic silverware.
Manchester United 13/5
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 14th, 2019 at 3:09 pm)
Manchester United won ten of their first eleven games under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who came in to replace Jose Mourinho last December. They had their first taste of defeat under him though in midweek, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford against PSG in the UEFA Champions League. But take out that result against a top team and Manchester United’s domestic form is sparkling.
Manchester United started their FA Cup campaign this season with a comfortable home win over Championship side Reading. That then set them up for a difficult away game at Arsenal in the fourth round. But the Red Devils didn’t blink an eye, they stuck to their new positive approach and got their just rewards of a 3-1 win over the Gunners. Now it’s back out on the road for them against another of the country’s top sides.
Manchester United earned a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this season in the Premier League. Things between the two sides are even with two wins each and that draw in their last five meetings. The Red Devils will arrive at the Bridge on a six-match winning streak away from Old Trafford. They have been scoring freely, a powerful counter-attacking plan helping them on that end. They have also taken four clean sheets in their last five away games.
Chelsea have lost four of their last nine games across all competitions. Last weekend they paid a league visit to Manchester City and were blasted out of sight in a 6-0 defeat. That heaped even more pressure on boss Maurizio Sarri in his first season in charge and you can see the frustration emanating from the manager. His team at times have looked unmotivated and Sarri hasn’t been quiet about holding the players themselves, including Eden Hazard, responsible.
But the interesting thing about Chelsea’s form is that their troubles have been away from home. Each of the four defeats in their last nine games have happened on their travels. Chelsea are actually on a five-match winning streak at the Bridge across all competitions.
But it is the lack of confidence from those away losses that could well have a knock-on effect. The Blues have made it to the EFL Cup Final where they face Man City soon, but they will be massive underdogs for that Wembley clash. The frailties that have shown up in their defence recently will come under some scrutiny.
Chelsea won the FA Cup Final last season against United thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty, the only goal of the match. Chelsea have won their last three FA Cup matches against the Red Devils by a 1-0 scoreline. In the last ten meetings in all competitions, it has been Chelsea in the ascendancy. The Blues have a W5 D3 L2 record against Manchester United in that sequence. The Blues are unbeaten in nine home games against Manchester United in all competitions.
Even though Chelsea boss the head to head recently over the Red Devils, the odds on Manchester United to beat Chelsea at 13/5 are pretty appealing* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 14th, 2019 at 3:09 pm). Chelsea rely heavily on one man (Eden Hazard) and their defence looks far from organised at the moment. They will be under pressure from a United side who have already proven themselves in a big FA Cup away match this season. Away win.
Manchester United caused a stir on Sunday as they collected three points from a 1-0 success away at Tottenham. That was the biggest test for interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since having been brought in to revive the club’s fortunes. The former United striker arrived last December to replace Jose Mourinho.
After winning his first four Premier League games, the fog was lifted. But it was all in context because they were all victories against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Throw in an expected win over Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup and Solskjaer had had a somewhat easy run of games. Then came the league trip to Spurs.
5/6 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
5/2 Mauricio Pochettino
7/1 Zinedine Zidane
10/1 Gareth Southgate
12/1 Massimiliano Allegri
16/1 Diego Simeone
* (betting odds was taken from Paddy Power on January 14th, 2019 at 2:07 pm)
Any questions that were there about Solskjaer in this test was answered. They relied on a positive counter attacking set up, not afraid to pump the ball long and use their pace. It worked for them as Marcus Rashford got the only goal of the game just before the half time break. Then it was all hands to the pump to defend.
Spurs had more than enough chances to get an equaliser and indeed win the game. They peppered the United goal in the second half, but keeper David de Gea was equal to everything. The Spaniard pulled off eleven saves in the match in total to help United secure a massive three points.
Bookmaker Paddy Power had apparently seen enough. On Sunday they paid out on bets having backed Solskjaer to be the next permanent Manchester United manager. Solskjaer was only brought into Old Trafford on a temporary basis until the end of the season. In the summer he is supposed to be going back to his other managerial job at his club Molde.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as one of the key men to get the Old Trafford job on a permanent basis. He has drifted to 5/2 to be the next United boss leaving him as the second favourite in the market. Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is a 7/1 option to be in the hot seat at the start of next season* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power on January 14th, 2019 at 2:07 pm).
Paddy Power has also produced a market for some Solskjaer Special, including guiding Manchester United to an unbeaten run for the rest of the Premier League season.
2/1 Man Utd to beat Liverpool in Old Trafford in the 2018/19 EPL
9/4 Man Utd to beat Man City in Old Trafford in the 2018/19 EPL
7/1 Man Utd to beat Liverpool & Man City in Old Trafford in the 2018/19 EPL
25/1 To go the rest of this season’s Premier League unbeaten
* (betting odds was taken from Paddy Power on January 14th, 2019 at 2:07 pm)
The three points earned at Wembley on Sunday left Manchester United in sixth place in the table, but level on points with Arsenal directly above them. The Red Devils have a six-point gap to make up to fourth-placed Chelsea. Paddy Power rate the chances of the Red Devils securing a top-four finish at 5/2* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power on January 14th, 2019 at 2:07 pm).
This should be some clash from the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham have played their way into a title challenge again but as they are still chasing the top two of Liverpool and Man City, they can’t afford any slip-ups.
Will they be able to earn themselves three points at home against Manchester United on the weekend? The Red Devils are on the up under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Man Utd 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.)
This should be a great match up and it is very important one for Tottenham. They start the weekend in third place in the league and six points behind leaders Liverpool. So even though they are in the title race and have good form, there appears at the moment to be little margin for error by them if they want to keep in touch. This is going to heap a bit of extra pressure on them to perform.
But they have been performing though without question. They collected a 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day to start the year on a positive note. Tottenham have earned six wins in their last seven league games and in that sequence of games they have taken four clean sheets. So overall things are going pretty well for them. Their only slip up in that run of seven games was a shock home loss against Wolves on December 29th last year.
But it is natural for a team, as good as they may be, to have a bad day at the office now and again. That’s to be expected but not planned for. Tottenham home form this season is W6 D3 from nine games and before that surprise defeat against Wolves, Spurs had been on a four-match winning streak at home in the top flight. The odds on Spurs to beat Manchester United are at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
Tottenham took a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford back at the end of August last season. It was a really dominant display from the Lilywhites and it was the prime example of what they are capable of. They showed their might and power when they hosted Chelsea back at the end of November. They totalled tore apart their London rivals in a big show of strength at Wembley putting three goals past the Blues.
Tottenham have scored at least two goals in seven of their last nine Premier League games. Will that kind of scoring threat be able to nudge them past the challenge of Manchester United who have been leaky at the back this season? Spurs have scored ten goals in their last four Premier League home fixtures and they have Harry Kane who is on a four-match scoring streak in the top flight.
Last season in this corresponding league fixture, Spurs ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Manchester United. That is a three-match home winning streak that they have going against the Red Devils at the moment. Two of the three wins in that sequence have been with a clean sheet for the Lilywhites as well.
Spurs are actually undefeated in their last six home games against Manchester United in the league (W4 D2). Tottenham have conceded just the one goal in their last four home games against Manchester United. That is a trend which they will be hoping to keep going as well as they look to keep themselves as close as possible as they can to the top two.
The Red Devils arguably have been having a better time of things since the managerial change. Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen four Premier League wins from four. But that all needs to be put into context. The first two were against Cardiff and Huddersfield, two of the bottom four currently. The next was against Bournemouth who are badly out of form.
Their most recent win on January 2nd was a 2-0 success at Newcastle, but they struggled to break down the Magpies and were largely second best for the fixture. It means that the four wins have all been against sides currently 12th or lower in the Premier League table. They will bring a scoring threat as they have averaged two goals per away game. But their victory at St James’ Park at the start of the new year snapped a run of no clean sheets in eight away games.
Tottenham look the stronger and the more settled of the two sides. It is hard to really get a feel for where Manchester United’s revival is at as they haven’t faced a serious test since Mourinho left. They were poor against Newcastle and with them having no form out at Spurs recently, it all points to some value in those odds on Tottenham to beat Manchester United at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
One of the most anticipated fixtures on the English football calendar is Liverpool v Manchester United. The two bitter rivals will meet up on Sunday at Anfield and the fortunes of the two giants couldn’t be more contrasting than it is at the moment.
Liverpool are on a serious Premier League title hunt, whereas Manchester United have a huge job ahead of them just to try and get themselves into the top five. The odds on Liverpool to beat Manchester United are short at 4/7* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm)
Man Utd 5/1
* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm)
There has been a big gulf between the two sides this season. Last weekend Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table. That was after a comfortable win against Bournemouth, while Chelsea did the Reds a huge favour in beating Manchester City. It left Liverpool as the only unbeaten side in the English top flight this season after sixteen games played. Can they extend it a step further in this big test?
Manchester, in contrast, are starting the weekend in sixth place but that is only part of the story. They are starting a massive eight points adrift of fifth-placed Arsenal and 18 behind leaders Liverpool. That is a gulf that they are not going to be making up over the course of the season and it is easy to see why there has been so much pressure on boss Jose Mourinho.
The Reds have every reason to be confident. They are clearly the more confident of the two sides. They have a settled side, they have a manager who believes in his players and they are delivering the quality. Their home form is W6 D1 L0 for the season and they have averaged over two goals per game. Given that Manchester United have managed only two clean sheets all season, indicates that the Red Devils are going to struggle at Anfield.
The 4/7 odds on Liverpool to beat Manchester United* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm) look even stronger when you size up the fact that the Reds have conceded just the one goal this season on home soil in the Premier League. The Reds are fluent in attack and have been so difficult to break down at the back. They are a clearly a team who are working for each other.
Manchester United meanwhile look very short of confidence and have produced some abject displays. There are major problems when their record signing Paul Pogba can’t get a start. They look disjointed and struggling under some conservative tactics that clearly aren’t working for them. The Red Devils have conceded 26 goals in their 16 league games so far. Only five teams (four of them the current bottom four) have conceded more goals than Manchester United have done this season
Liverpool have not beaten Manchester United in any of their last eight league meetings. But the timing looks perfect at the moment for them to go and snap that run of winless form against the Red Devils. Their star striker Mo Salah has scored in five of Liverpool’s league home games this season and he has come back into terrific form, netting a hattrick last weekend against Bournemouth. An inspirational game from him could help the Reds topple Manchester United
Liverpool have not suffered a loss in any of their last 28 Premier League home games. They have earned a clean sheet in eleven of their last twelve league outings at Anfield. That is just how strong they have been defensively. They have also taken a clean sheet in each of their last three home games against the Red Devils in all competitions now. This is a big moment for the Reds. It is not the time to be slipping up after having gained a crucial lead in the title race last weekend.