Arsenal vs Manchester United prediction and odds: Ralf Rangnick’s side facing another defeat

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Just when you thought Manchester United’s season couldn’t get any worse, they served up a stinker of a performance at Anfield.

Fourth place is (or was) still up for grabs for this side so it’s not as if they have nothing to play for, but you wouldn’t have guessed that given what we saw on Tuesday night. United were missing some key players, no doubt, and they were arguably playing the best side in the world right now, but this shower are not capable of raising their game for even the biggest of occasions.

So what chance they can go to Arsenal and keep the top-four race alive by taking maximum points? Don’t get your hopes up.

United are 5/2 pokes (around 28 per cent in probability terms) with Betfred to bounce back while the hosts, buoyed by their stunning 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, have been clipped into 21/20 to post back- to back wins.

Barring a recent blip, Arsenal have been pretty solid at the Emirates this term despite averaging just 1.56 goals per game — the lowest attacking output of any side in the top seven (home games only).

Chance conversion, not creation, has been an Achilles heel of the Gunners this term — even in the 2-1 defeat against Brighton last weekend, they racked up 20 efforts on goal and outperformed the visitors comfortably in terms if xGF (1.9 compared to 0.4 ).

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However, after three straight blanks in front of goal, it all came together for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge and that performance will give them a huge bounce going into the closing stages of the season. And one thing they are guaranteed to get against United is chances.

Arsenal will know United are there for the taking and a home win would see them go six points clear of Rangnick’s side, with a game in hand. United’s season is dead and buried if they lose this fixture — and lose it they probably will.



LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Emile Smith Rowe celebrates scoring Arsenal's 2nd goal with Nuno Tavares and Eddie Nketiah during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Emile Smith Rowe celebrates scoring Arsenal’s 2nd goal with Nuno Tavares and Eddie Nketiah during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Manchester United prediction

United are on the floor in terms of confidence and it’s impossible to see them having anything like enough character to come back if Arsenal take an early lead in this game.

The Reds haven’t won a Premier League game at the Emirates since 2017 and even odds of 5/2 aren’t tempting enough to invest in them ending that record.

Mikel Arteta’s side might be tight enough at 11/10 for some punters, but with United as such a low ebb, the hosts might just be able to win this with something to spare. With that in mind, back Arsenal -1 on the handicap (effectively backing them to win by two goals or more) at 3/1.

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Recommended bet: Arsenal -1 (handicap) @ 3/1 with Betfred

Arsenal vs Manchester United odds with Betfred

  • Arsenal – 21/20
  • Draw – 5/2
  • Manchester United – 5/2

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Arsenal v Manchester United Head to Head

  • Dec 2, 2021: Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal (Premier League)
  • Jan 30, 2021: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United (Premier League)
  • Nov 1, 2020: Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
  • Jan 1, 2020: Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United (Premier League)
  • Sep 30, 2019: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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