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Rupert Wyman 12th Dec 2010 - 15:24

There's only one (place to back) United

Man United v Arsenal betting preview

Monday won't be quite so grim this week with a mouth-watering clash between title challengers Man United and Arsenal to look forward to and a price promise from William Hill.

We guarantee to match or beat the top price of all major bookmakers on Man Utd to win the match. This price pledge will be available from 4pm on Sunday right up to kick off and I certainly wouldn't put you off backing United. Arsenal have lost nine of their last ten meeting with The Red Devils, drawing once.

We currently have United as 21/20 favourites to win the match, the Draw 23/10 and an Arsenal victory at 13/5. There are likely to be plenty of movements in the prices though as money piles in for all outcomes.

Monday night football seemed to have died a death in recent years but there have been something of a revival recently with some decent games, most notably Barcelona's demolition of Real Madrid a few weeks ago. Punters will be hoping for similar quality when these old rivals meet.

The games between these sides are always hard-fought affairs. The OPTA stats show that Arsenal have had at least five players booked in each of their last three Premier League games at Old Trafford.

Few will forget the infamous 21 man brawl at Old Trafford back in 1990 when both teams were deducted points and in more recent times the battles between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira which were the big talking points of the game.  If you fancy another fiery encounter it's 2/1 for a red card to be shown and you can get 11/4 for a yellow card in the first fifteen minutes of the game which can't be missed.

Both sides have renewed hope of a title challenge following Chelsea's run of bad form and it's all to play for at the top.  In fact, despite an indifferent start by their standards United have now gone favourites to win a 19th title at 7/4. Arsenal, who led the table before the weekend games are 7/2.

Whoever wins this will finish the weekend as top dogs and I think home advantage could make the difference. United have more points at home than any other team this season, picking up 22 at Old Trafford.

Dimitar Berbatov (4/1 to be the first goalscorer) has finally won over the fans at United following some great performances this season and he's likely to team up Wayne Rooney (4/1) once again. The Bulgarian is much more effective with Rooney alongside him he's scored ten of his eleven goals with the Scouser partnering him.

If you fancy Berbatov to follow up his recent haul of five goals against Blackburn with a hat-trick here you can get a whopping 25/1.

For Arsenal Sam Nasri has been in the goals recently and he's 8/1 to open the scoring. The Gunners have scored at least twice in their last five Premier League games so I would expect them to get at least one at Old Trafford, making the odds of 7/10 for both teams to score look worthy of a bet.

Arsenal will still be smarting from their derby day reversal against Spurs where they surrendered a two goal lead, it's 15/2 for them to lose this game after taking the lead.

With the attacking flair on both teams I would expect a high-scoring game and the 10/11 for over 2.5 goals in the match looks too good to miss. The corresponding fixture last season was a 2-1 for United and that's what I am going for on the correct score market at 15/2, but the main selection would be United to win the match at best price with William Hill.

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