In most years this game would seem to be a pretty even match-up, but the way the beginning of this premier league season has been panning out tends to create a whole new thought. With Manchester United looking so attractive in the early run of things and Arsenal looking a lot like a scrub team this match seems to be one sided. The folks at Bodog agree as Manchester United, the favorite, sits at a comfortable -220 on the money line while Arsenal is a heavy underdog at +550. Bodog doesn’t think a draw is likely as that result is sitting at +330 on the money line.
Money Line: Man United (-220), Arsenal (+550), Draw (+330)
Game Total: Over 2.5 (-130), Under 2.5 (+100)
Odds taken from Bodog.com – one of the world’s best sports betting sites.
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Man U vs Arsenal Game Preview
Arsenal, after losing 2-0 to Liverpool this past weekend gets little to no rest as they had to play a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday (a 2-1 win) and face yet another Big 4 club this Sunday. Arsenal is going to need Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott who scored in the match on Wednesday to step up yet again and net some goals. After 2 games in the Premier League this year Arsenal has failed to score. So obviously there is some room for improvement as far as the offense is concerned. But to be fair the defense has not exactly looked great to this point either. In fact, in Arsenal’s Wednesday game against Italian side Udinese the Gunners went into half time facing a 1-0 deficit. The game plan for them this weekend is simply, score early and score often, because with players like van Persie, Walcott, Gervinho, and Arshavin it should not be all too difficult.
While Arsenal is facing some tough times, Manchester United is cruising right along. If you count the Community Shield game against Manchester City in which United won 3-2, the Red Devils are 3-0 this season. Danny Wellbeck and Wayne Rooney put on a show on Monday as they went on to thrash Tottenham 3-0. United looks solid, their defense is like a brick wall, their midfield feeds the offense, and their attack is just too fast-paced for opponents so far. They are playing like EPL champions in all facets of the game currently. The only weak spot that should be assessed and will probably end up taking care of itself is the new keeper David de Gea. In the first few matches he looks nervous and uncomfortable and has made a mess of what should have been easy plays for a keeper of his caliber. Luckily for de Gea, the defense and midfield rarely gives opponents a chance to test him.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal Prediction
As far as this match is concerned I am going to have to go with United. Currently they are simply playing on a different level than other Premier League teams. When playing Tottenham, Man U’s attack was so fast paced and neat that it looked like the Spurs defenders were moving at half speed. Unless Arsenal changes their style of play they are going to be in way over their heads come kickoff on Sunday. Take Man U at -220 at Bodog.com
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