Manchester United host Arsenal knowing that only a win will keep their realistic hopes of qualifying automatically for next season’s Champions League alive.
An essential victory for Louis van Gaal’s side is priced up at 7/5 by the bwin.com odds hounds, while there’s 39/20 available for those who fancy Arsene Wenger’s men to all but avoid the play-off game for a seat at Europe’s top table by spearing the spoils at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are favourites, but their advantage, in the bookies’ eyes, is only marginal and with both teams odds-against, picking a winner from the match-betting smorgasbord – which also contains 5/2 about a draw – is going to be tough.
According to the trends when this pair collides, backing any of the following outcomes may well prove more rewarding than attempting to fathom who will emerge triumphant from this one.
Man Utd to score first @ 17/20
A shade shy of even-money about a wager that’s landed in four successive Premier League skirmishes between the two at the Theatre of Dreams is well worthy of a punt.
Including their league clashes at the Emirates too, a Red Devil has played the part of deadlock breaker in three of five instances of this kind and having done so in five of their last seven at Old Trafford ahead of this one, they look a great price to do so again.
Over 0.5 goals to be scored between 15:01 and 30:00 minutes @ 33/20
Across the previous quintet of fixtures these two esteemed outfits have fulfilled at this venue there have been six goals plundered in this timeframe, with two falling in the previous meeting in this season’s FA Cup.
In total, an overwhelming five have been bagged by those in Man Utd colours, which may make the 13/4 about the hosts scoring at least one in this period an attractive proposition.
Man Utd to receive the most yellow cards @ 5/2
Looking at the previous ten dust ups between the two, United have averaged 2.8 cautions per match, whereas Arsenal weigh in with 2.6.
On six occasions there have been more Red Devils in the referee’s notebook and, while this is far from conclusive next to the Gunners’ four, the huge discrepancy in price – it’s 3/5 there are more members of Wenger’s troops booked – makes a punt on the hosts the best bet here.