Manchester United wrapped up their 20th Premier League title on Monday with four matches to spare but the newly-crowned champions, already bet365′s 13/8 favourites to retain the trophy next term, still face some crucial fixtures and they could have a significant say in who finishes in the top four given that their next two matches are against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Bookmakers are perhaps sensing something of a title hangover for Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges on Sunday as they head the Emirates Stadium and subsequently the in-form Gunners are Paddy Power’s 13/10 favourites for the points while United are 13/5 at Skybet to celebrate their title triumph with another victory.
BetVictor post 5/2 against a stalemate but as the pair have only shared the spoils once in 14 renewals, a conclusive contest is arguably more likely and it’s the buoyant visitors that look overpriced ahead of this one.
United have got the better of Arsenal in seven of the last eight meetings and with no other tournaments between now and the end of the season there’s no reason for them to take their foot off the gas. They’ll also be under no pressure at the Emirates, where they’re 12/1 (BetVictor) to sneak an open contest 2-1 and 4/1 via Ladbrokes to prevail by a one-goal margin.
In attack, Robin van Persie will relish returning to his former club and also has the Premier League Golden Boot gong in his sights so he looks the pick of the bunch at 6/1 via BetVictor to break the deadlock.