Monday 30 September: 8pm KO
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September is coming to an end and Manchester United begin this Premier League game 13 points behind league leaders Liverpool. Whisper it quietly around Old Trafford but they are only three points above the relegation zone. That would shrink to two if Newcastle United were to beat Leicester City on Sunday. They host Arsenal who themselves are ten points adrift of first place.
Manchester United haven’t made an impressive start to the new season. The expected revival under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer hasn’t quite materialized for the Reds. Those initial wins faded away and the 4-0 win over Chelsea that started the 2019/20 season hasn’t been followed up.
United have just eight points from their first six league games. That’s actually two less than they earned at the start of last season and you remember the pressure on Jose Mourinho last September. The Reds are 11th in the table and 300/1 (301.0) at Betfair to win the Premier League title this season. Incredible odds on United when we haven’t even reached the end of September. This could be a special game on Monday and the same applies to a trip to the Betbull website.
There are plenty of problems for Solksjaer to solve, but will he be given the chance to do so? You can get odds of 6/1 (7.0) at William Hill on him being the next Premier League manager to leave his job. Only two of the last 11 United league games have ended in victory. With the next two home games being against Arsenal and Liverpool, more defeats could see Solksjaer in deep trouble. Sportingbet have them at 250/1 (251.0) to be relegated this season!
United scored four goals in their opening league game. Since then, they have managed just four in six league games and even struggled to get past Rochdale in the Carabao Cup. They can be backed at 6/4 (2.5) to get a much needed win over Arsenal on Monday evening.
Arsenal have three more points than United but continue to show the fragility they did last season. Yes, they look more powerful up front and Nicholas Pepe is settling in well for the Gunners. At the back though, they still look unlikely to be able to cope against the very best in this league. They lost 3-1 at Liverpool and have conceded ten goals in six matches.
Last weekend was a typical Arsenal performance. For the second home league game in a row, they went 2-0 down. Against Tottenham, they fought back to get a draw. Up against Aston Villa though, Arsenal went all the way and got a 3-2 win. The odds on them coming from behind to beat Manchester United on Monday are 12/1 (13.0) at SkyBet.
Away form has been a worry for Arsenal for a while now. This season began with a win at Newcastle but since then they have earned a single point from trips to Liverpool and Watford. They have won four out of their last 16 away league games. You don’t win titles with that kind of record. Arsenal are ten points behind Liverpool but a win here would see them climb from eighth into the top four. They are 9/5 (2.8) to win at Old Trafford.
Arsenal last won a Premier League game at Old Trafford in 2006. United have won three of the last four league games played between the two clubs. Four of the last five league and cup games played have seen both teams score. There are odds of 4/7 (1.57) at Bet365 on that happening in this fixture.
This is a key game for both clubs who are already well behind Liverpool. United beat Leicester at home in their last league game and need to keep piling up the points at Old Trafford. Arsenal need to improve their defending because they can’t keep going two goals down. A bet on a draw with both teams scoring has odds of 7/2 (4.5) at BetVictor.