Manchester United vs Arsenal Betting Preview – 05/12/2018

Manchester United vs Arsenal Betting Preview – 05/12/2018

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Manchester United vs Arsenal

Jose Mourinho’s job security could be under further question as his injury-plagued Manchester United host a resurgent Arsenal, who are coming into the game from their most impressive result and performance of the season.

If Mourinho’s men were to lose this, they’d go 11 points behind Arsenal and with that, potentially the Champions League qualification spots. That has to be seen as the bare minimum for Manchester United, so this midweek fixture is a must-win.

Manchester United are suffering an injury crisis, with the defence the area worst hit. Their backline looked unconvincing on Saturday as Southampton took an early two-goal lead, as converted midfielders Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic were brought in alongside Phil Jones.

Phil Jones is now a doubt after suffering a knock in that game, while Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly – who hasn’t featured in a red shirt since he was substituted on 19 minutes after Newcastle took a two-goal lead at Old Trafford two months ago – face a race to bit fit. Victor Lindelof is out until Christmas, so Mourinho could go into the game without a fit centre-half and his first-choice fullbacks out. Ashley Young is suspended after he picked up his fifth yellow card on the weekend, while Luke Shaw was substituted off through injury.

That’s not ideal given that Manchester United’s defence has been disastrous at the best of times this season. They’ve only kept two clean sheets in the league – only Fulham have fewer. And their total of 23 goals conceded is almost three times as many as last season.

Given this, it’s likely that their defence is breached. However, they’re also usually good for at least one goal. The recent goalless draw with Crystal Palace is only the second time they’ve drawn a blank in the league, and only their third Premier League game not to feature a goal at both ends. Both teams to score can be backed at 8/15 with Betfred. Their most likely goalscorer is Anthony Martial, who is their top scorer with six league goals. He can be backed to score anytime at 15/8 with Bet365.

Unai Emery enjoyed his best result of the season so far as Arsenal blew away their North London rivals in a 4-2 win on Sunday. They were good value for the result as they had the lion’s share of chances and dominated for large portions of the game. The result took them into the top four, leapfrogging Tottenham in the process.

The win has been described as a statement of intent and signifier of a new dawn under Unai Emery. It was a good win and a great performance, but the latter days of Arsene Wenger’s reign saw the odd big win, including at home against Spurs last season.

A more significant signal would be to win at Old Trafford, where they haven’t won in the league since 2006, losing ten of their last 12 visits there. There have even been times when Mourinho’s Manchester United have looked vulnerable, but Arsenal have failed to capitalise in recent seasons.

The Premier League’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ten so far and will back himself against this makeshift defence. He was at the double against Spurs, and can be backed at 9/5 with Betway to score anytime, or 17/2 with William Hill to score two goals or more again.

As well as Manchester United being reliable in terms of both teams to score, Arsenal have been too this season. All but three of their games have seen a goal at both ends, while they have failed to keep a clean sheet in just two of their nine league wins. Both teams to score, combined with an Arsenal win, can be backed at 18/5 with Ladbrokes.

Recommended Bets:

Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 15/4 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime at 10/11 with Bet365 – BET HERE

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