By the time Manchester United and Arsenal take to the Old Trafford turf, their respective seasons may well have been effectively reduced to a lop-sided battle for third place in the Premier League.
Should Manchester City win against Swansea, the Gunners will know they must take three points from each of their remaining three games by wide margins to overhaul the Citizens in second place, or hope Manuel Pellegrini’s side fail to beat to Southampton on the season’s final afternoon.
United, meanwhile are assured of fourth place unless Liverpool can summon up an unlikely deluge of goals in their final outing away to Stoke.
A place on the top-flight rostrum still has meaning, bringing with it the chance to avoid a potentially dicey Champions League play-off round draw and a 6/4-rated victory for United will keep their dream alive, for another game at least.
Triumph for the visitors, priced up at 9/5, would assure them the bronze medal with two games still to play, but the 5/2 on the draw makes most appeal.
The pair have shared listless stalemates late on in each of the last two Premier League campaigns and, with Arsenal’s primary objective not to lose here, another, slightly less lukewarm, one is anticipated.
Arsene Wenger’s men have been lethal on the road of late, winning their last seven in succession and they’ve been shut out just twice all season by domestic foes away from home.
As a result United will do well to keep a clean sheet, having failed to do so in seven of their last eight matches.
However, the Gunners have been winning on their travels thanks to an unstoppable attack rather than an unbreachable backline shipping, strikes in five of the aforementioned seven consecutive successes.
This makes it unsurprising that 1-1 is 21/4 favourite in bwin’s correct-score betting, encapsulating as it does the reduced intensity of the fixture and both sides recent difficulties in stopping the opposition finding the net.