Sunday 10 March: 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports Football
These two teams had mixed results in Europe in midweek. Arsenal host Manchester United knowing a home win will take them above their opponents and back into the top four of the Premier League and the Champions League places.
A 3-1 away defeat to Rennes in the Europa League means Arsenal may well have to get a top four finish if they want to be back in the Champions League next season. They start the weekend in fifth place in the Premier League, one point behind their opponents.
This game is the last of three Premier League games to be played on Sunday. By the time it begins, they could be three points adrift of the top four if Chelsea can beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal are 15/8 (2.87) to end the season in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
This is Arsenal’s last game of the season against a side in the top five. Their run-in isn’t that difficult with their highest placed opponents being seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. Of home games against sides in the top five, Arsenal have only lost to Manchester City and that’s an improvement for the Gunners. They didn’t win any of their away games though.
Their home record is an impressive one with eight straight victories. Since losing to Manchester City in their first home league game of the season, they have won 12 and drawn two. You can get odds of 7/5 (2.4) at BetVictor on them beating United on Sunday.
Manchester United are fourth in the table at the time of writing but like Arsenal, will be hoping that Chelsea don’t win earlier in the afternoon. Since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, they have won ten and drawn two of their 12 league games. Throw in the heroics of their midweek win at PSG and you wonder why he’s not been given the job full-time.
United are evens (2.0) with SkyBet to finish the season in the top four. That’s something which didn’t look likely in mid-December. Away from home, they have six league games in a row scoring at least twice in four of them. The odds on them scoring at least twice at the Emirates on Sunday are 5/4 (2.25) at Coral.
Manchester United have won their last two games at the Emirates, both by a 3-1 score line. It’s 20/1 (21.0) at William Hill that they get another win by that score line on Sunday. United are unbeaten in their last four league and cup games against the Gunners. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings and you can get 1/2 (1.5) at Unibet on both United and Arsenal hitting the back of the net in this game.
Lucas Torreira is suspended for Arsenal after being sent off last weekend. The Gunners will also be missing long-term injuries Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. Manchester United have Anthony Martial fit again and Eric Bailly is expected to be fit despite going off at PSG in midweek. Paul Pogba returns to th team after missing the PSG match due to suspension. Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are also in line for a recall.
Lukaku at the Double?
Romelu Lukaku has scored twice in each of his last three games for Manchester United. You can get odds of 11/1 (12.0) at BoyleSports on him bagging at least two goals against Arsenal.
Over 2.5 Goals Likely
The last four games played between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. There are odds of 13/20 (1.65) at Betway on that happening on Sunday. That stat has been a winner for the last three United games and all but two of the last eight Arsenal home matches.
An important game for both teams in their bid to finish in the top four. Arsenal haven’t won either of their last two games and won’t want to see that extended to three. Manchester United keep pulling rabbits out of a hat at the moment and a bet on a draw with both teams scoring is 16/5 (4.2) at 888sport.