Premier League Picks: Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Can the Red Devils get their third consecutive victory on their first game of 2020?
Manchester United has managed to climb positions in the Premier table during December to reach place 5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team has managed to reap 2 consecutive victories, the first in their Boxing Day match against Newcastle United to who they crushed 4 to 1; the next victim was Burnley who was defeated 2 to 0 on December 28. The team has improved its production of goals achieving an average of 2 goals per game. However, its defense still does not find the formula to prevent its rivals from scoring, mainly in their visiting matches, where the team has received 13 goals in the last 10 visiting games and have only managed to score 12 goals.
The Gunners meanwhile come from a 1-1 draw against modest Bournemouth and a devastating 2-1 loss to Chelsea,everything seemed to indicate that Arsenal would keep the 3 points against the Blues, as they dominated the game for the first 45 minutes. The Blues managed to overcome the score in the last 10 minutes of the match with goals by Jorginhoand Tammy Abraham. This match against Chelsea again demonstrated the serious defensive problems that Arsenal has. After the game Gunner legend Ian Wright commented on the performance of the defense, especially on the German Shkodran Mustafi, who was totally dominated by the blue Tammy Abraham throughout the match. Wright believes that Arteta’s priority should be to get rid of Mustafi in the January transfer window.
This will be just the third game of Arteta as manager of Arsenal. However, there have been notable improvements in the game plan of the Gunners, the Spaniard is still trying to find the best strategy for the team, so a victory over the Red Devils is difficult, but not impossible. Arsenal +160.
As we saw in the statistics, the Red Devils have problems to secure points as visitors, but the team is on fire and wants to continue climbing positions in the table to reach Champions positions. Manchester United +162
The last time these teams met was on September 30, 2019, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Based on the latest performance of both sides, there is a high probability that this match will also end in a draw with goals in both ends.