Probably the last episode of Mourinho-Wenger rivalry
Arsenal lost five consecutive Premier League games on the road
Manchester United v Arsenal Match Preview | English Premier League Betting Tips
Kick-off: 29 April 2018 – 16:30 UK time
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United v Arsenal: Team News
Manchester United and Arsenal are about to take on each other on Sunday afternoon in what will likely be the final episode of the Mourinho-Wenger rivalry in the Premier League. The long-serving Arsenal manager announced his departure at the end of the season, a decision which caused shockwaves in football circles around the globe, particularly in the UK.
The great derby with Mourinho, however, comes at a bit tricky moment for the Frenchman whose main focus will definitely be on Europa League semifinal legs with Atletico Madrid. The derby with the second-placed Manchester United comes right in between these two ties with the Spanish heavyweights, meaning Arsenal will likely field up a mixed lineup here.
Jose Mourinho, on the other side, does not have any injury concerns ahead of Arsenal’s visit. He did praise Wenger after the aforementioned announcement, but we all know to which extent these two hate each other. The Special One will surely want to have the final word in his long-term rivalry with the French manager.
The clash will be specific not just for the managerial rivalry. You all remember the huge swap between these giants in January as Alexis Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way around. Whilst the Chilean winger could be the difference maker for the hosts here, it’s very slim chance that we’ll see the Armenian attacking midfielder on the pitch due to his fitness issues.
A win here would likely confirm the second place in the Premier League standings for the Red Devils, but the result against the Gunners would bring more benefits in terms of confidence-boosting ahead of the FA Cup final with Chelsea in May.
Manchester United v Arsenal: Head to Head Stats
Manchester United lead the head to head tie by 16 wins ahead of the 186th encounter with Arsenal.
The Red Devils have been ruthless towards the Gunners in matches played at Old Trafford where they picked up 54 wins to Arsenal’s 15 over the course of history.
United took a 1-3 victory at Emirates Stadium when the two teams locked horns in this term of the Premier League back in early-December last year.
Jesse Lingard was the man who stole the show bagging a brace for Mourinho’s squad back then.
Three of last four head to head matches saw goals at both ends.
Manchester United v Arsenal: Prediction
The hosts come into this as favourites for various reasons. Let’s start with the H2H trend in matches at Old Trafford where they’ve been more than dominant over the Gunners. Man Utd also won the previous meeting with Arsenal, beating them 1-3 in London this season.
Now, the motivation factor. As mentioned above, Arsene Wenger’s main goal at this point is Europa League title which would earn the Gunners the right to play the most elite football competition next year. With the derby coming just in between two semifinal ties with Atletico Madrid, we have to expect Arsenal resting their main stars here.
Finally, the Gunners have been anything but impressive on travels so far in the season. They actually lost five on the bounce away from home in the Premier League. Given they are now up against an outfit which won five of last six matches in all competitions, we just can’t see Arsene Wenger’s men arresting such slump at Old Trafford. Based on everything written above, Manchester United to win should be a banker bet at 4/9 (1.44).
Now, given that Arsenal scored at least once in six of last seven league matches on the road, we do find a strong value in backing the Home Win & BTTS bet at 11/5 (3.20).
Manchester United v Arsenal: Betting Tips
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