There could be a classic encounter at Old Trafford tonight.
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Two fairly commonly shared beliefs of this Premier League season are that Arsenal have the worst defence in the history of football, and Manchester United are the new invincibles.
In fact, the Gunners have only conceded two more goals than the Red Devils so far – despite being without their best defender for almost the whole season and having played a game more than their opposition tonight.
The trouble is, Arsene Wenger’s side have only kept four clean sheets in sixteen games – relying on a potentially dangerous tactic of near-relentless attacks.
Manchester United meanwhile, have shut out the opposition in six of their matches, which is still not particularly impressive – despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s side still being unbeaten.
In fact, it is difficult to evaluate both teams’ defences in an unpredictable Premier League season.
They have the third and fourth best records in the country respectively in terms of goals conceded, but they have regularly looked vulnerable at the back.
However, they are the Premier League’s top two teams when it comes to goalscoring, and a bet of 4+ goals in the match at 9/4 with SportingBet looks a solid winner.
Some of the first goalscorer odds for Arsenal seem very generous indeed. Both Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri are 8/1 to score the match’s first goal – the same odds as Gabriel Obertan to open the scoring!
Cesc Fabregas is at 9/1, but looks unlikely to be fit in time for the game at time of writing, meaning Van Persie is also set for penalty and free kick taking duties.
With two penalties in the last five Premier League meetings between these sides, that looks an enticing bet, and odds of 2/1 for a penalty for either side doesn’t look bad either!
Finally, Arsenal have struggled this season to cope with aerial threats from the likes of Andy Carroll, while Manchester United have conceded headers themselves to players such as Brede Hangeland at Fulham, Tim Cahill of Everton.
Odds of 33/10 for the first goal of the game to be a header look a decent bet.
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