The Gunners and Red Devils will take on each other in a mid-table clash as 6th and 7th take on each other. That sentence has been extremely unusual in a number of years, but after a poor start for the Gunners and a struggling Man Utd team, that is what it has come down to.
England Premier League
Arsenal v Man United – BTTS & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Both teams are far from their best heading into this game with numerous injuries for both parties that is going to rob us of a great game particularly for Man Utd.
PremierLeague.com states injuries for the teams are likely to include the following:
Man Utd – Daley Blind (knee), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Jonny Evans (ankle) and Phil Jones (shin) are all definitely out, while Falcao (knock), Luke Shaw (groin) and Rafael (muscle problem) are doubtful.
Arsenal – Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Mesut Ozil (knee) and Laurent Koscielny (Achilles)
Both teams have been absolutely rubbish so far this campaign on the defensive end keeping only 3 clean sheets in the 11 games played so far. While Man Utd have yet to secure an away victory all campaign, but have managed to net 6 goals in those 5 games so far. What also will boost them is the form through the international break that both Wayne Rooney and van Persie have found, which will be extremely essential to make this an interesting contest. The key for United strikers is providing good balls to create opportunities for them, which could see the diamond return for United this week with Di Maria playing on the left and Mata in the middle to create for the 2 hit men.
Arsenal had scored 2 goals per game until their last loss against Swansea, but there were ample opportunities for them to score. Alexis Sanchez in particular has been in outstanding form for the Gunners and with Chile scoring 7 times in 8 games, which should keep the struggling United defense entertained for most of the afternoon especially with 4 potential central defenders missing out which will likely leave the poor Smalling to partner either Fletcher or Carrick at centre back, which could easily expose them to goals from Arsenal on the counter attack. Add to that de Gea is struggling with a dislocated finger, but is likely to feature.
All signs in this game point to an attacking game with both teams looking to score as both managers are under pressure to deliver performances with the winner likely to move into the top 5 this weekend. Both Teams to Score and over 2.5 goals is my pick for this exciting encounter.
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