The final Premier League match of September takes place at Old Trafford as two giants of the English game butt heads in a desperate attempt to sign off with three much needed points. It has been a month to forget for both Man Utd and Arsenal, but the winner will give themselves a platform on which to launch their autumn campaign.
Who will come out on top in this Monday night grudge match shown live on Sky Sports from 8.00pm? Past meetings tell us to settle in early for entertainment and bookmakers have done their bit to afford armchair fans an added interest.
There are over 100 betting markets added to this spectacle, including winner, both teams to score and total goals. Many of the best will remain live after kick-off thanks to in-play betting. This means a financial interest will be as exciting in the final few minutes as it was before the start.
The match winner market sees traders come down in support of the home win with Bet Victor rating as the most generous firm on 11/8 – better than the 13/10 available with most other firms. Sportingbet attach a 21/10 price tag to Arsenal and that’s also the best at the time of writing. Stuck on the fence? The draw will appeal at 13/5 (888sport betting service).
Ole Under Pressure
We may still be in September but already Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is beginning to feel the pressure. The former striker was trusted with a sizeable transfer kitty during the summer, a sum of money that made him the envy of many of his fellow Premier League managers. He chose to invest heavily in youth but was well aware of the fact the newbies wouldn’t receive the luxury of a settling in period at Old Trafford. It’s just not something fans are used to having to hand out all that often.
The Red Devils go into this contest with their season stats showing a disappointing two wins, two draws and a couple of defeats. That places them down in eighth place, lower than the likes of Bournemouth and Leicester, level on points with Burnley and Sheffield United. Ole’s boys were last seen losing out to West Ham in London when ending on the wrong side of a hurtful 2-0 scoreline. Yarmolenko broke the deadlock for The Hammers just before half-time and Cresswell finished the contest on 84. Solskjaer declared himself very disappointed, and he had every right to be.
Gunners Have More to Aim At
Arsenal fans have had more to cheer than their opponents camped in the opposite stands and they travel to Manchester sitting fourth in the table after six games, their stats reading three wins, two draws and just one defeat. The 11 points captured means they are level with Leicester in third, two points behind Man City in silver with seven to find to make things uncomfortable for a Liverpool side who have exploded out of the traps. The Reds look nailed on for the title at this stage but it’s worth remembering there’s plenty of football still to be played.
Unbeaten in three league matches, Arsenal followed back-to-back draws with an overdue win over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium last time. A more comfortable margin of victory than the one goal was expected but both clubs played their part in what was a fan friendly match that produced no less than five goals. Arsenal nicked the points thanks to a 3-2 score, Aubamayang netting the winner on 84 minutes. Manager Unai Emery praised his team’s spirit but asked the club’s supporters to stick with his players.
Red Devils Have Dominated
The stats show these sides served up a combined 10 goals in their three meetings last season. That was the result of a 2-2 draw at this venue in December before Man Utd strolled to a 3-1 FA Cup win a few weeks later. The final match of three saw Arsenal gain revenge with a 2-0 victory in front of their own fans back in March of this year. Xhaka and Aubameyang were on the scoresheet that day.
Looking back further into the head-to-head stats and we see both teams scored in four of the last five matches, that 2-0 Arsenal win being the odd one out. During that spell, Man Utd lost just once and that’s quite surprising. The Red Devils claimed victory in three of the last five, drew one and lost the spare at the Emirates Stadium. That will catch the attention of value hunters. Both teams to score in a Man Utd win is 3/1 – top price at bet365.
- Man Utd haven’t won in nine away games
- Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in 10 games against promoted sides
- Man Utd have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 away games
- Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 games
- Man Utd have lost seven of their last 15 Premier League fixtures