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 big North London derby has taken on some extra importance for Spurs now. Their title challenge has crumbled away in the space of a week after having suffered back to back league defeats.
Arsenal meanwhile have started to put together a hot streak of form and they will arrive at Wembley on Saturday on a three-match winning streak. The odds on Arsenal To beat Tottenham are at 5/2* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm)
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm)
Gunner put on a fine show in midweek at the Emirates as they powered five goals past Bournemouth. That was their third win on the bounce in the top flight and they have taken a win in five of their last six played. The only blip on that sequence of form was a loss out at Manchester City.
The goals are flowing from the Gunners and they have scored at least two goals six of their last eight top-flight games. Each of their last seven league wins have seen Arsenal score at least two goals in. They have been a bit flaky on their travels though, but they collected a 2-1 win at Huddersfield in their last away game in the top flight. That snapped a run of just one point in their five previous games.
So maybe they have broken out of those away day slumps. It has been their defence which has let them down on their travels because their scoring has been just fine. They average just under two goals per away game this season and 85% of all their road games have gone over 2.5 goals. So while they have their frailties at the back, what has to come into play is their attacking power.
Their confident attacking display tore Spurs apart when the two met in the first North London derby this season. More of the same against a Tottenham side who have had their confidence rocked could see the Gunners drive home an advantage again over their rivals. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham & both teams to score is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm). The one doubt over Arsenal is that they have not won an away game against any side currently in the top ten in the league.
Their chance at the title was always slim with Liverpool and Manchester City going strongly, but Spurs had done so well to keep themselves in touch. That was until the last week of action. Last weekend Spurs paid a visit to Burnley and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat, which boss Mauricio Pochettino getting all fired up. That snapped a good four-match winning streak that they were in the league. But it seems as if it was a game which broke their momentum.
They went to Stamford Bridge in midweek and Spurs lost 2-0 against Chelsea in a really tame display. They never looked a threat at all in the game and couldn’t produce anything up front. The return of Harry Kane hasn’t quite worked out. Since he came back from injury that is back to back league defeats for them.
Their ability to perform against the better sides has been called into question as well. They have played three of the current top five at home this season and have lost each of those (Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd) plus they lost 4-2 at Arsenal earlier this season.
Neither of these really have done much against the other top sides in the division. But this is as good of a time as any for Arsenal to be catching Spurs. Tottenham looked tired and well out of touch at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Spurs will also have one eye on their Champions League game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham at 5/2 are not without appeal* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm).
It is a weekend of big derby matches including this clash on Merseyside. This is one of the biggest fixtures in English football and it could have huge importance in Liverpool’s title challenge. They are the favourites to claim the win in this fixture, but Everton would love nothing more than to throw a spanner in the works of their rivals title challenge. The odds on Liverpool to beat Everton at Goodison Park are 12/5* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 2019 at 7:36 pm)
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 2019 at 7:36 pm)
The Reds have been far from their dominant best since the turn of the new year. They had struggled to a W1 D3 record in a four-match span. But in midweek they went into action at Anfield against Bournemouth and put five goals past the Cherries. That was the attacking display which they needed to restore a bit of confidence in their ranks. They had been looking fairly flat before that.
They are in a tight duel with Manchester City for the league title so going into this Merseyside derby, they can’t ease up on their intensity levels. Liverpool though have only drawn their last two away games, having churned out disjointed and little offensive threat in games against West Ham and Manchester United. But will that release of pressure from their five-goal haul against Bournemouth get them fired back up?
Away from home, this season Liverpool are W9 D4 L1 in the top flight, the lone defeat in that sequence, in their only league defeat all season, was against Manchester City right at the turn of the new year. The Reds are W1 D2 since then on their travels, scoring just the two goals in that sequence. What could work in Liverpool’s favour for this Merseyside derby is the form that Everton have showed against top sides this season.
Everton have played a total of eleven games this season (home and away) against sides who are currently in the top half of the table. They have posted a D3 L8 record from that sequence of games. They have played six and lost six in matches against the current top six alone. They have already suffered a 1-0 loss against Liverpool this season. So Everton have really struggled to match up to the better teams in the league.
So they are going to be under pressure in their own backyard. They have suffered three defeats in their last four at Goodison Park in the top flight. In just one of their last seven home games have they managed to take a clean sheet as well. So the vulnerabilities are clearly there from them. As much as they won’t need to be pumped up for this tremendous fixture, when it comes down to quality at the end of the day, the Toffees could struggle again against their neighbours.
It has been a long time since Everton enjoyed a success against Liverpool. It is hard to see them celebrating at the end of ninety minutes in this one. Liverpool have to turn up and do their thing to stay strong in the title race. They should have enough about them to edge the win in what could be a low-scoring game. The odds on Liverpool to beat Everton this weekend are at 12/5 and with some appeal* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 2019 at 7:36 pm).
A fierce London rivalry will kick up again on Wednesday night as Spurs make the trip to Stamford Bridge. This is a big game for both of the sides as Tottenham will be looking to recover after a shock defeat against Burnley last weekend.
Chelsea have to pick up the pieces as they try to keep themselves in the hunt for a top-four finish this season. With the difficulties the Blues have been having recently, the odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea are at 9/4* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
Spurs were on a four-match winning streak in the Premier League before their trip to Burnley on the weekend. Spurs kicked off as favourites for the fixture, but they were stunned in a 2-1 reverse. To be fair to the Lilywhites they were catching Burnley at the wrong time. The Clarets have been in fantastic form themselves lately as they have staved off the threat of relegation. But will Tottenham be able to muster up a response to that defeat?
This is going to be a test of their character and those dropped points were a missed chance to put some pressure on the top two over the weekend. Spurs are six points off leaders Liverpool as the midweek round of Premier League action kicks off again. There is little more margin for error for the Lilywhites from this point on.
That loss against Burnley was just Tottenham’s third away defeat of the season. They have won all of their other eleven road games this season, so they have once again proved to be a very strong road team. They were on a four-match winning streak on their travels before that trip to Turf Moor as well. So they have been fairly consistent and their goal scoring has been on point as well away from home.
Spurs have averaged 2.2 goals per road game this season and along the way, they have taken a clean sheet in 43% of their away fixtures. So their numbers really do stack up. Of the eleven wins away from home that they have recorded, six of them have been by a one-goal margin. The odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea by a one-goal margin in this meeting is at 15/4 odds* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
The game against Burnley on the weekend also saw the return of striker Harry Kane from injury. That is a massive boost for the Lilywhites as they thought that they would have lost him for a bit longer. Immediately he got into action and immediately Kane was back among the goals. He got Tottenham’s only goal in their loss at Turf Moor. The fact that he is back and scoring again though makes a tremendous difference to Tottenham.
Last season Tottenham snapped a long a long winless streak of form at Stamford Bridge which stretched to over twenty games. They finally managed to snap that exhausting record with a 3-1 win and that is the scoreline by which they beat Chelsea at home this season. It will be fascinating now to see if they can really start shifting the power their way in meetings at the Bridge.
Spurs did go there in this season’s EFL Cup and suffered a 2-1 loss in the second leg of their semi-final tie. But that was after beating Chelsea at home in the first leg so Spurs are W2 L1 in three against the Blues this season. When they hosted Chelsea in the league back at the end of November, Spurs were just phenomenal and barely gave the Blues a kick of the ball, in one of their best performances of the season.
The Blues have been having their problems. It remains to be seen whether keeper Kepa will play or not. He refused to be substituted in their EFL Cup Final loss against Manchester City on the weekend. While the Blues have held their own pretty well at home this season, they have lost three of their last four games, home and away combined. There have been defensive vulnerabilities from them.
Also in facing the better sides, they have to try and be conservative a bit because their defence has been vulnerable. That takes even more away from them as an attacking unit and their attack has not been a major threat recently. There has been a lot of possession and a lack of end product from the Blues. They lack the incisiveness that the slick, creative Tottenham manage to play within their games. Stamford Bridge will be under siege once again by the Lilywhites.
The odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea do appear to be some value at 9/4* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm). If you look at the bigger picture of Tottenham’s away from this season it has been good. They have gotten Harry Kane back in action and this is a good time to be meeting Chelsea, who have been having been showing a lot of fractures.
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.).
Manchester City will be stepping out at the Etihad on Sunday evening with a big challenge in front of them. It is Chelsea who come for a visit in this Premier League clash and the Blues have the honour of being the first side in the top flight to have inflicted a defeat on the Citizens this season.
That happened back in early December which sparked three defeats in four games for Man City. The odds on Man City to beat Chelsea in this reverse fixture is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Man City 4/9
* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Back when Manchester City lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this season, they went on to lose two of their following three league games. It was a run that saw them concede top spot to Liverpool in the title race. However, Manchester City returned to the top of the pile for the first time since December as they collected a midweek win at Everton.
That has left the Citizens with back to back league victories recorded following what was their fourth reverse of the season, a shock away defeat at Newcastle at the end of January. But with those back to back victories over Arsenal and then Everton, City appear to be back in the groove and really can’t be faulted with six wins in their last seven top-flight games.
It is the home form of Manchester City which is key. They have been fantastic at the Etihad once again this season having won all but one of their thirteen Premier League games there this season (L1). Manchester City set the bar so high last season that it was unlikely that they were going to live up to that, but still, they boast the best home record in this season’s top flight.
City are on a three-match winnings streak at home since their one and only slip at the Etihad this season, which was a 3-2 reverse against Crystal Palace just before Christmas. City have averaged 3.3 goals per home games this season and in each and every home fixture played, they have scored at least two goals in this season. 62% of all of Manchester City’s home games this season have ended up over 3.5 goals.
Manchester City earned a 1-0 home win in this corresponding fixture last season. Home and away they have won three of their last four games against Chelsea and each of those were with a clean sheet. Actually, both teams have scored in just two of the last seven clashes between the two clubs in all competitions.
Chelsea also have a lot at stake here as they are in a tight battle with Manchester United and Arsenal to try and lock down fourth spot. The Blues have had their woes away from Stamford Bridge recently though which has to be of concern for them. Chelsea have lost their last two games on the road, those defeats coming against Arsenal and then Bournemouth. Across those two defeats, Chelsea conceded six goals and failed to net.
Even though Chelsea pounded out a 5-0 home win over bottom side Huddersfield last weekend, they have failed to score in three of their last five games. It’s also worth a look at their away from against the better sides this season. From their five away games played this season against sides currently in the top half of table, Chelsea have taken just a W1 L4 record from those five such games.
Manchester City have to have the bit between their teeth. They haven’t found Chelsea a comfortable opponent to go up against in recent times, but the incentive is there for them. There has been a bit of momentum shift back their way in the title race without question, in 2019. This is a big game in which to prove themselves. The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea to nil are at 13/8* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)