When Arsenal and Manchester United met at the Emirates Stadium last term the contest finished goalless but neither side looks even close to defensively strong enough to warrant a flutter on a repeat at 12/1 with bet365 as the pair prepare to renew hostilities this weekend.
In fact bookies appear convinced that goals will be on the agenda, hence it’s just 31/40 via BetVictor for the North London clash to produce at least three and it’s the Gunners they think will manage the most, bet365 installing them as 6/5 favourites to secure maximum points.
Louis van Gaal’s charges are BetVictor’s 12/5 outsiders, which is understandable given that they are yet to pick up a victory on the road, but they’ve lost only one of their last six so they’re in decent shape and can become the fourth team in five matches to grab a share of the spoils in Arsenal’s backyard.
Stan James chalk the stalemate up at an enticing 5/2, it’s 7/2 courtesy of Ladbrokes to be a score draw and with plenty of goals likely, a modest wager on a 2-2 scoreline isn’t without appeal at 12/1 (bet365).
In attack, a striker at either end will come up against his former club. For the hosts, Danny Welbeck comes face-to-face United for the first time since his Old Trafford and he’s 5/1 at William Hill to haunt his old employers by breaking the deadlock.
Robin van Persie meanwhile, has scored three times in four meetings with the Gunners since leaving them and he’s 13/2 (bet365) to notch first.
Second-placed Southampton have won eleven of their last dozen in all competitions and it’s no surprise to see them given an odds-on quote of 4/5 by Stan James to maintain their momentum with a triumph at hapless Aston Villa.
Sporting the division’s best defence, Saints are 9/5 via betway to prevail ‘to nil’ against a Villans attack that has managed just one goal in seven games and BetVictor offer 11/2 about a 1-0 away success.
Unbeaten Chelsea are just 2/9 at Stan James to at least temporarily increase their lead at the table’s summit to seven by getting the better of West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where Winner.com quote a Diego Costa opener at 5/2.
Another in-form front man, this time Man City’s Sergio Aguero is 3/1 (William Hill) to net first as City, Stan James’s 2/5 jollies entertain Swansea and punters wanting to place Manuel Pellegrini’s troops in an accumulator can team them up at 6/4 (BetVictor) with Paddy Power’s rejuvenated 3/4 chances Newcastle, who host struggling QPR.
Liverpool’s draw at Crystal Palace in last season’s penultimate fixture effectively put paid to the Reds’ title dreams and at odds of 11/4 via William Hill, they might have to settle for a point again at Selhurst Park. Their Merseyside neighbours Everton might also be held as they face buoyant West Ham, an outcome Skybet offer at 14/5.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes mark 7/10 against Stoke ahead of their home match against bottom club Burnley, Leicester (6/5, Stan James) should be too strong for visiting Sunderland and bet365 go 12/5 about Hull and Tottenham being inseparable at the KC Stadium.
Arsenal v Man Utd score draw – 7/2 (Ladbrokes)
Southampton to beat Aston Villa ‘to nil’ – 9/5 (betway)
Man City, Newcastle and Stoke treble – 7/2 (Stan James)
Everton and West Ham to draw – 14/5 (Skybet)