A draw could be on the cards in this afternoon’s huge showdown at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsenal, William Hill’s slight outsiders at 19/10, seek revenge against Paddy Power’s 13/8 chances Manchester United, who beat the Gunners 8-2 at Old Trafford back in August.
BetVictor make the pair 12/5 to be inseparable and it’s 6/1 courtesy of William Hill to end in a 1-1 stalemate. However, both teams have shown defensive frailty of late while the pair also boast plenty of attacking talent, an equation that surely adds up to a tally of at least three goals. Punters can speculate on a total of more than 2.5 at 4/5 with Blue Square while bet365 chalk 4/6 against both teams finding the net and it’s 14/1 (Betfred) to produce a 2-2 scoreline.
However, the best way to profit from a bulge in the back of the net is by having a flutter on Robin van Persie to break the deadlock. The Dutch master is in fine form having bagged his 18th league goal of the campaign at Swansea last weekend and up against a slightly unreliable United rearguard, he’s simply huge at 5/1 via Ladbrokes to again fire the first.
Priced at 100/1 to win the Premier League at the start of the campaign, Tottenham were as short as 13/2 last week to be crowned champions and although the frustrating draw with Wolves saw Spurs drift to 11/1 with Blue Square, it remains a surprise to bookmakers that Harry Redknapp’s men are still very much involved in the title race.
Third-placed Tottenham are five points adrift of leaders Manchester City, but a victory over Roberto Mancini’s troops today, a result chalked up by Boylesports at 10/3, would tighten things up considerably, prompting bookies to again slash their odds to top the pile.
Even a draw, at 13/5 via bet365, would ensure Spurs remain in the hunt and indeed despite the fact that City are Ladbrokes’ 10/11 favourites having returned to form with a narrow victory at Wigan on Monday, cracks are starting to show and it’s the stalemate that appeals the most at Eastlands, where Betfred post 6/1 against it finishing one-apiece.
Given the quality of attacking players available to the two sides, it seems inevitable that both will get on the scoresheet, an outcome Stan James quote at 4/6, however, at the same time, the task of picking out potential scorers at both ends is tough to say the least.
Nevertheless, Sergio Aguero was certainly a danger for City at the DW Stadium and the Argentine striker tempts at 5/4 via Partybets to notch at any time while a modest flutter on Skybet’s 7/2 for Gareth Bale to help himself to a goal at some stage, isn’t without appeal.