The Premier League is back, and the top fixture this weekend is Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford, where they will take on Manchester United in the Saturday lunch time kick-off.
In the 90 minutes betting, United are favourites at around the 6/4 mark, with Arsenal at 2/1, and the draw at a general 12/5. There are more betting offers on the match available on the betting-sites.org.uk website.
It’s hard to guess which way this match will go. For a start off, will United go all out for the win? It sounds a bit daft to ask this question about Man Utd at home, but does Mourinho believe his team can beat Arsenal? If he’s not sure he can win, he may well shut up shop and keep things tight.
That wouldn’t go down well with the United faithful, and would have been unheard off during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
From an Arsenal perspective, they have injury worries over Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean striker returned from international duty with a minor hamstring injury, and having played for Chile on Tuesday, will Wenger want to risk playing him twice in 5 days when he’s not 100% fit.
A similar thing happened to Sanchez last year, when he returned from international duty with a niggle, played the following weekend against Norwich City, and compounded the injury, resulting in him missing 2 months of the season.
With Sanchez currently playing such a pivotal role in the Arsenal formation (he’s been a revelation) playing in the central striking position this season), can Arsene really risk him making his injury worse today?
Wenger will have to weigh up the risk factor, and it looks to be a delicate decision with no obvious answer. The player himself has publicly declared himself fit to play, but the general attitude of the player is very good, and he strikes me as a person who will play through the pain barrier, and with injury niggles.
This means that it is probably a decision best not left to the player, as it looks to me like he would decide to play, regardless.
If Sanchez does play, you can get 13/2 on him being the first goalscorer, and he is anything from 7/4 to 12/5 to score anytime in the 90 minutes. If you are considering the anytime goalscorer bet, I’d bear in mind that there is a good chance he won’t play the full 90 minutes.
For Manchester United, Marcus Rashford is 5/1 to 6/1 to score first, and he is between 7/4 and 9/4 to score anytime. If Rashford doesn’t start, it will be an indication that Mourinho is parking the bus at home.
Rashford also enjoyed what was arguably his best performance in the Premier League against Arsenal last season, when he scored a brace on his league debut.