Arsenal vs Manchester United Betting Preview & Tips


MAN UTD travel to Arsenal on Saturday night in the Premier League. Tom Love (@TomLove_18) shares his betting thoughts.

Arsenal vs Manchester United | Saturday 30th January 2021, 17:30 | Sky Sports

The game of the weekend comes from The Emirates as Arsenal look to extend their strong recent run, however, it's away day kings Manchester United who they play host to on Saturday evening.

United have won 8/10 on the road in the league this season, the two they didn’t were respectable draws at Liverpool and Leicester. They’ve notched two or more goals in 8/10 showing they’re happier playing with the pressure slightly off.

It’s no surprise to see the Red Devils drifting after a shock home loss to bottom of the table Sheffield United midweek but I do think recency bias has been factored into these prices a bit too much.

Sure, Arsenal are in decent form but their fixture schedule has been quite kind to them. Wins over Brighton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Brom and a defensively depleted Southampton aren’t anything to get too excited about. Mikel Arteta is likely to be without Pierre Emerick Aubameyang again here and although they’ve coped well without the Gabonese hotshot of late, it’s still far from ideal.  Emile Smith-Rowe who has come in and impressed is also not 100% fit.

There’s pretty much nothing between the sides in terms of performance data but United have the more dangerous players fit and available and I’ll side with them on the scratch 0 start on the Asian Handicap at around 4/5 here. It’s effectively the same as Draw No Bet, we win if United win but have the insurance of our stakes back if it ends all square.

When I saw that Michael Oliver was the referee appointment for this one my eyes were instantly drawn towards the penalty markets. With the price on a spot kick to be awarded as short as 6/4 I’m going to chance a bigger price, one you can manufacture on Bet Victor’s BetBuilder market when utilising the method of goal tab.

We can get a massive 41/1 on both sides to score a penalty and that has to be worth a small wager.  Oliver has pointed to the spot 13 times in 14 league games this season, as well as 3 of his 4 continental appointments. He’s also curiously given multiple penalties in 5/14 league games, if that were to happen again here there’s a decent chance it’s evenly split and then it comes down to the penalty takers to put them in the back of the net.

All things considered, I’d have this more like 20/1 so I’m astounded we can get as big as 41/1. Put it this way, this lands more than 1 in 41 games…

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I was first interested in the betting industry by doing the odd coupon at 18 - when I’d see a team at odds I didn’t expect it sparked my curiosity as to why that was. I’d go and research everything around that club: form, team news, manager quotes, and try give my own price in an aim to out-do the bookies. I personally enjoy punting on the Football League and European competitions. I like to diversify what markets I bet on so sometimes it’s outrights, goals, player cards etc. The Football League angle comes from being an avid Bradford City fan which has its ups (reaching a League Cup final and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup) and its downs (The entirety of 2018). Hobbies of mine include playing football, cross country running, travelling and playing Football Manager.

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