Premier League: Manchester United vs Arsenal preview


Bitter rivals Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will battle again as Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday. Last season each side won its home game, the Red Devils secured a 3-2 win at Old Trafford while Arsenal won 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. The last six fixtures between the two sides show a perfect balance: two wins apiece and two draws. When it comes to the managers, Jose Mourinho has by far a great record against Wenger. The Portuguese never lost a competitive match against the Frenchman, and Arsenal have not scored against a team managed by Jose Mourinho since 2007.

Manchester United are not doing very well at the moment, they won just two of their last five matches in all competitions and lost two in the process. Before the international break, they lost 2-1 at Fenerbahce in the Europa League but recovered with a 3-1 victory at Swansea in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has to deal with a string of injuries in defence as Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling will all be out of contention for this weekend's match. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also miss out as he is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are fitness doubts.

Arsenal will be looking to further extend their unbeaten streak, they have not lost a match since the opening day of the season. Before the international break, they had the North London derby against Tottenham, a good match which ended 1-1 with chances at both ends. Arsene Wenger has his own injury concerns as right-back Hector Bellerin was added to the injured list alongside Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez. Alexis Sanchez also had some problems while on international duty so his fitness will be carefully assessed before Saturday's game.

Probable line-ups:

Man United: De Gea - Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Blind - Herrera, Carrick - Lingard, Pogba, Martial - Rashford

Arsenal: Cech - Mustafi, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal - Xhaka, Coquelin - Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi - Sanchez

My prediction: 2-2 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Man United win - 2.50
Draw - 3.30
Arsenal win - 2.90

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    23/11/16

    I'm short of words about this one, there was only one team on the field trough whole the game, not even that United were so good but Arsenal were really poor, one of the weakest performances from them I've seen like...ever.
    They just wasn't on the field that day and I think every decent side should win easily against them with at least two goal difference..but not United..they are so ineffective in the box and couldn't win a game they are by miles the better team...I think this have to says it all.

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