In the Premier League era, few fixtures have been bigger than Arsenal versus Manchester United. And though both sides are struggling by their high standards this season, Saturday’s clash between these giants is sure to be as competitive and entertaining as ever.
England captain Wayne Rooney will be looking to take his international goalscoring form to the Emirates as he hopes to lead his side to their first victory at Arsenal since 2012. Judging by United’s away form this term, however, that might not be an easy task. They have drawn three and lost two on the road in the league so far, and given the Gunners are unbeaten on home soil in the Premier League, it could be a tough match to call.
As usual, Arsene Wenger has to contend with a sizeable injury list, with Danny Welbeck returning from international duty with a tight hamstring and Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny all unavailable. The Red Devils, meanwhile, have a number of players on the verge of a return to action after injury layoffs or knocks sustained on international duty, including Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Phil Jones.
While the starting line-ups are hard to predict, one thing that is certain about this match is that there will be enough attacking talent on display for us to see plenty of chances and hopefully a good few goals. With a fair bit of needle usually apparent between these sides, we also wouldn’t be surprised to see a sending off or a penalty or two. There haven’t been as many goals as one would ordinarily expect between the teams in recent meetings (at least since the 8-2 hammering United inflicted on the north London club in August 2011), but we fancy the lack of solidity evident in both defences will mean plenty of chances for the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Rooney and Robin van Persie.
If you think likewise, BetVictor’s latest betting offer could be worth considering as the bookie will refund losing bets on a wide selection of markets if a penalty is scored during the match. The refund comes in the form of a free bet of up to £10 and applies to pre-match bets on any of the following markets: scorecast, spincast, first/last/anytime goalscorer, half time/full time or correct score.
Note that the free bet would be awarded to qualifying customers within 24 hours of the match ending and it would be valid for 30 days. The offer is open to new and existing customers and the qualifying bet must be placed before kick off (in-play bets will not count).
In trying to take advantage of this offer, you might be as well to plump for a selection at big odds in the hope of earning a tasty profit. For instance, backing in-form Sanchez to get the opener and Arsenal to win 2-1 looks a very good option at 33/1, while taking Rooney to score first and the match to end 2-2 is available at monster odds of 66/1.
With so many markets covered by this offer, there are plenty of options before you, so whether you are seeking the big payout, or you are planning on taking something at more modest odds (draw/draw in the half time/full time market is 19/4, for instance), if your bet goes down all is not lost… as long as a spotkick is scored during the match.