Arsenal have played two Premiership matches, failing to score in both and although they managed to strike twice at Udinese, they could find goals hard to come by at champions Manchester United, who looked fairly comfortable on Monday, despite fielding an inexperienced defence as they kept a clean sheet against Tottenham.
The Gunners’ cause in terms of creativity isn’t helped by the departure this week of Samir Nasri, as well as the suspension of Gervinho and it’s no surprise to see the hosts installed as 8/15 favourites by Paddy Power ahead of the Old Trafford showdown.
The Gunners are 11/2 with Boylesports to chalk up only their third victory against United in 13 attempts and 3/1 (Betfred) to land a share of the spoils but the performances of Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges have already hinted that they will take some stopping this term and they have to be fancied to rack up a fairly comfortable victory here.Stan James quote them at 7/5 to come out on top by at least two clear goals and Ladbrokes make United a generous 7/1 to notch twice without reply while Arsenal’s lack of cutting edge lends appeal to Partybets’ 6/4 for a home win ‘to nil’.
Wayne Rooney has struck in both of United’s Premiership matches so far and he’ll inevitably be the subject of plenty of first scorer flutters this weekend, especially at 9/2 with . With the praise of his manager ringing in his ears however, Danny Welbeck catches the eye at 7/1 (bet365) to follow up his opener against Spurs by breaking the deadlock in this one.
Ahead of their neighbours on goal difference, Manchester City are 2.5 (6/4) via Betdaq to maintain their hundred percent record by landing all three points at White Hart Lane. Nevertheless, while Roberto Mancini’s men have looked irresistible in attack so far, they haven’t looked impenetrable at the back and Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham, who are solid at home, can capitalise to bag a point (23/10, Sportingbet) in a contest that is 8/11 with Skybet to produce three or more goals and 14/1 (Totesport) to end two-each.
At the Hawthorns, West Brom are 11/10 with Totesport to take advantage of any Stoke fatigue following their Europa League exploits and finally, at St James’ Park, Paddy Power price Newcastle at 23/20 to follow up last week’s derby victory by edging out Fulham.
Manchester United to beat Arsenal by at least two – 7/5 (Stan James)
Tottenham and Man City to draw 2-2 – 14/1 (Totesport)
Man Utd, West Brom and Newcastle treble – 6/1 (Paddy Power)