This first Premier League 2014/15 version of the classic fixture that is Arsenal v Manchester United is almost upon us.
Arsene Wenger’s hosts are unbeaten in the top flight since the start of last term at home, yet have won just four of their 11 Premier League games so far in this campaign.
On the other hand, United have banked 13 Premier League points from their last available 15 at Old Trafford, while failing to win on the road under coach Louis van Gaal.
Confused? Prepare to be educated via our guide to Arsenal v Man Utd: The Premier League years.
Gunners and Red Devils alike will have taken two guesses as to the identity of the goal-hoggers still active in this fixture, and they are right, but the presence of Danny Welbeck, scorer of just two in the top-flight since signing on at Arsenal three months ago, high up on this list is intriguing.
Of course, this doesn’t account for the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who has struck six times in his last four top-flight outings, or Angel di Maria, United’s joint-highest scorer in the Premier League this term with three.
Anytime scorer odds: Robin van Persie 17/10, Alexis Sanchez 7/4, Danny Welbeck 7/4, Wayne Rooney 19/10, Angel di Maria 3/1.
This fixture has seen a few one-siders during the Premier League era, with United doling out 8-2 and 6-1 thrashings over the past decade-and-a-bit, while Arsenal took their opponents apart at Highbury when winning 3-0 16 years ago.
However, only seven of the 44 meetings between these two since 1992/93 have seen the sides separated by more than one goal, including both matches last term, so a thumping doesn’t seem on the cards.
Correct score odds: Arsenal 1-0 17/2, Man Utd 1-0 10/1, 0-0 33/5, Man Utd 2-1 10/1, Man Utd 3-2 25/1, Arsenal 3-2 22/1.
All Arsenal and Man Utd fans of a not-too-advanced age will remember Martin Keown’s famous assault on Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2003, not to mention ‘Pizzagate’ a year later, but there’s actually not been that many sendings off in this fixture all told.
Six dismissals in 22 years is nothing to write home about, even with half coming in the last decade.
Converted penalties have been exactly as prevalent, although all six were scored since 2004.
You pays your money, you takes your chance with this metric, which sees the 2.5 goal-line finely balanced.
Bearing that in mind, evens on two or less looks marginally better value than 3/4 on three or more, based on the trends.
That being said, the recommended way to play at the Emirates is…
Wayne Rooney to score first and Manchester United to win 2-1 @ 50/1