Arsenal vs Manchester United – Backing a draw at 13/5 with SkyBet
May 04, 2017
Arsene Wenger may never get a better chance to overcome Jose Mourinho in a league game, something he has never done before, when Arsenal face Manchester United on Sunday.
Neither side has had a particularly good season, and while Arsenal had picked up by progressing through to a 20th FA Cup final and beating both Middlesbrough and Leicester in recent weeks, but defeat in the North London Derby at Tottenham last week brought them crashing down to earth.
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Losing at White Hart Lane confirmed Spurs would finish above their rivals for the first time since 1995, but Arsenal must quickly focus on getting back on track to save their dwindling Champions League hopes. Failure to beat United will surely mean the Gunners will miss out on the competition for the first time under Wenger.
Mourinho is battling on with an injury-ravaged squad, with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for a long time and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling only recently returning to training. The Red Devils are also prioritising Europa League victory, so as to lift silverware and qualify for the Champions League at the same time.
Despite everything, our Premier League betting tip here is a draw with 13/5 at skybet. Mourinho has shown against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool this season that he knows better than most just how to frustrate attacking opponents, and given the injuries he has to contend with, it is unlikely he will want to take many risks.
With Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford able to be called upon, Mourinho will look to hit Arsenal on the counter attack and look to shut down both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the middle of the park. The job Ander Herrera did in marking Eden Hazard at Old Trafford will surely look to be repeated here.
Mourinho knows winning this game may not make much difference to their top four hopes but losing definitely will. His main aim will be not to leave the Emirates Stadium empty handed.