Arsenal get back into Premier League action in the late kick off on Saturday, with a very important clash, for both clubs, against Manchester United. Neither of us have had the start to the season we would have wanted, but both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal will know that a morale boosting victory over one of the big rivals could be just what is needed to get going in the right direction.
And for Arsenal, an injury depleted, confidence hit, and under pressure United offer the perfect chance to record a rare win over them. Which is why I am surprised to see that you can still get odds as good as 5/4 on a home win for the Gunners.
Another decent bet, in my opinion, is on the amount of goals scored, with both clubs’ defences leaking goals due to the number of injured defenders we have. So with odds of close to evens for there to be more than 2.5 goals in the game seems quite generous, especially if Koscielny and De Gea do not recover in time to play.
Those of you who want to take full advantage will not be surprised to see that Alexis Sanchez has the lowest odds to score first (5/1), last (5/1) or at anytime (7/5) but you might be surprised to learn that the odds are the same for Danny Welbeck, although he did bag a brace for England on Saturday. THeo Walcott is third in the list, which is a bit odd as is the fact that Rooney and van Persie have the same odds as Podolski.
If you are looking for longer odds, it could be worth a punt on Oxlade-Chamberlain at 11/1 and 7/2. Or even Mikel Arteta at 12/1 and 15/4 given that he is fit again and does take the penalties for Arsenal. With United fielding a makeshift and inexperienced back four and the Gunners being full of pace and trickery up front, a spot kick could easily come about.
THere are good odds to be had on correct scores but this game is quite unpredictable as are both teams, so it is a tough one to call, but another decent bet, for me, is for both teams to score and Arsenal to win, at 3/1. Good luck Gooners and Come On You Gunners!!