Manchester may have endured a tough start to the season and indeed to life after Sir Alex Ferguson but despite being written off in some quarters, the champions will only be five points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal if they manage to defeat the Gunners at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Of course, looking at it another way, David Moyes’s charges will be a whopping eleven points off the pace if they are beaten but they’re 7/5 favourites with BetVictor to pick up a vital maximum haul and a heftier 23/10 via William Hill to be turned over.
Already holding a substantial lead over United, Arsene Wenger’s troops would probably settle for a share of the spoils, a result bet365 rate at 5/2, however, the test won’t phase the table-topping visitors, who were clinical in seeing off high-flying Liverpool before prevailing impressively at Borussia Dortmund in midweek and they might be worth a modest flutter to emerge triumphant.
They certainly aren’t without appeal at 11/8 in Skybet’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, especially as a score draw (16/5, Paddy Power) can’t be ruled out but with all of the pressure on the home side, the Gunners could nick it.
Of course they’ll be wary of former favourite Robin van Persie, a 5/1 shot at bet365 to break the deadlock but in Olivier Giroud, a generous 15/2 (BetVictor) to net first, they have their own in-form striker and a case can be made for Arsenal to prevail in a match that sees both teams find the net; an outcome Ladbrokes offer at 19/4.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score – 19/4 (Ladbrokes)