This coming weekend in the Premier League will see one of the most historic fixtures in English football take place. With a total of 33 league titles between them, plus 26 FA Cup wins, Manchester United will once again renew their age old rivalry with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, with both teams in real need of what could be a crucial three points.
After five games being played, Manchester United have picked up just one point from three games at home, after defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham were followed by a 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend. Two away wins sees United on seven points but they lie a very lowly 15th in the league table. After a good start, Arsenal have lost three of their last four in the Premier League and a defeat here would see United leapfrog them in the league table where they currently lie 11th with nine points.
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Manchester United v Arsenal Preview
- Date – Sunday 1st November
- Venue – Old Trafford
- Kick Off – 4.30pm
- TV – Sky Sports
- Man Utd Form – 5 Games, 2 Wins, 2 Defeats, 1 Draw, 7 Points For 9, Against 12 (15th)
- Arsenal Form – 6 Games, 3 Wins, 3 Defeats, 9 Points, For 8, Against 7 (11th)
Since both teams were formed, they have met 232 times in total, making this one of the most often played games in the history of top flight football in England. Manchester United are just one win short of registering 100 wins over Arsenal, as they have 99 wins in those games, with Arsenal registering 84 wins and 49 games between the two have been drawn.
Most recently, Arsenal have enjoyed the upper hand in this fixture over the last five games, winning two of those matches, drawing two, with Manchester United’s sole victory coming in the FA Cup back in January 2019.
United have failed to win in this fixture on the last two occasions it has been played at Old Trafford, drawing both games 1-1 back in September 2019 and a 2-2 draw in December 2018. Their last home win came in April 2018 when they defeated Arsenal 2-1.
Squad & Team News – Manchester United
Coming after their Champions League clash on Wednesday against Red Bull Leipzig, United face a tough task keeping everyone fit and healthy for this crazy run of games. Edinson Cavani could make his full Premier League debut after coming on as a sub last week, although their big summer signing Donny van de Beek looks likely to only start from the bench.
Key Man – Bruno Fernandes – The Portuguese midfielder has been the key man for United since signing in the January transfer window and his performance levels and goal threat tend to be decisive in deciding how well United perform.
Probable Team – (5-3-2) – De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Telles, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial, Mata
Squad & Team News – Arsenal
Arsenal should be back to as full strength as they can be for this fixture following their Europa League game on Thursday night. They can call on new signings Thomas Partey and Gabriel for this game, while Willian will also likely start. Mesut Ozil, omitted from their Premier League squad, will not feature for the Gunners.
Key Man – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the big striker signed a huge contract with Arsenal at the start of the season but hasn’t quite hit his best form this season. The Gunners will need him to start producing his best soon if they are to stop dropping down the table.
Probable Team – (5-3-2) – Leno, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Gabriel, David Luiz, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Partey, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Tips for Manchester United v Arsenal
Seven of the last ten games between these sides have seen both teams score a goal and given the defensive frailties shown by both teams this season, I think it is fair to assume that this will happen again on Sunday. However, I think with home advantage and despite their shocking home form this season, I do expect United to put that right here, so I would state that good bets to make here are for Manchester United to win (21/20), a correct score bet on a 2-1 win for Manchester United (17/2) and if you wanted to back an anytime goalscorer bet Bruno Fernandes at 7/4 is the best value bet here in my book.