Wednesday 1 January 2020: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport
Arsenal end 2019 outside of the top ten in the Premier League. They are only 33/1 (34.0) at Betway to be relegated to the Championship in 2020. The Gunners begin the year with a home game against fifth placed Manchester United.
Even top sides can get relegated and if Arsenal don’t get their act together, that might just happen in 2020. They lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday and are now 12th and only six points above the bottom three. A form guide for the last ten league games has them in 16th place with only eight points earned.
They have gone four league games without a win and it’s 13/8 (2.61) that Arsenal can beat Manchester United on New Year’s Day. Usually, Arsenal use their excellent home form to get them out of bother. However, they come into this game having gone six home league games without a win and the last three have all been lost.
Manchester United had a good end to a difficult year with two straight wins. That took them to fifth in the table and only four points behind the final Champions League place. You can get odds of 5/2 (3.5) at SkyBet on them finishing in the top four.
United have had plenty of problems this year, especially regarding their inconsistency. That’s often shown away from home with defeats at Bournemouth, Newcastle and Watford. The level of performance varies too much and somehow that has to be sorted out in the new year. The odds on them winning at the Emirates are 8/5 (2.6) at Unibet.
Arsenal have only won one of their last six league and cup games against Manchester United. Five of those games have seen both teams score, you can get 1/2 (1.5) at Coral on that happening in this game.
No major injuries have been reported from the weekend fixtures.
Arsenal have to show improvement quickly under Mikel Arteta. It’s looking increasingly that they will need to win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The thought of them being relegated isn’t laughable if this poor run continues in January. They struggle to keep clean sheets and the prediction here is for United to win with both teams scoring and the odds on that are 10/3 (4.33) at Betfred.