All of the talk was about the referee after Manchester United beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Mark Clattenburg’s decisions deemed to have helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s men but it’s an official that presumably isn’t on the United boss’ Christmas list that takes charge this weekend as Arsenal visit Old Trafford.
Mike Dean was demoted after a purportedly poor display at the same ground a couple of years ago, as Chelsea beat Manchester United and Dean is 17/10 via Paddy Power to be in the thick of the action again by awarding a penalty at some point while Ladbrokes make the referee 4/1 to brandish a red card.
The hosts are William Hill’s 4/6 favourites for the points and given how the Gunners have looked some way short of what is required to even finish in the top four over the last few matches, it’s easy to see why.
Even a draw, at 3/1 (bet365) looks beyond this current Arsenal outfit and a comprehensive United triumph isn’t out of the question. Stan James’ 15/8 marked against Ferguson’s troops in the handicaps, where they start a goal behind, catches the eye then and more specifically Skybet offer 12/1 about a 3-1 home success in a match that’s 8/5 via BetVictor to produce four or more goals.
The man punters will rush to back to bag the first of those is of course Robin van Persie, a 9/2 chance at BetVictor to break the deadlock and as there’s every chance he’ll come back to haunt his former club, the Dutch striker also appeals at evens courtesy of Stan James to strike at any time.