1:30 AM (AEST) Monday, April 30 at Old Trafford, Manchester
Round 36 of the Premier League winds down on Monday when Manchester United plays hosts to Arsenal in a big clash between two major sides.
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Blind, Bailly, Valencia; Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata, Matic, Rashford; Lukaku.
Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Koscieiny, Mustafi; Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin; Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil.
There have been 197 clashes between these two League giants, with Man U scoring 82 wins to the Gunners 69, while 46 have been drawn. Their opening round clash this year went to Man U 3-1.
Manchester United have opened their 2017/18 campaign with a stunning defensive effort which had seen them concede just 2 goals after their opening 6 games. They opened the season with a powerful 4-0 victory over West Ham. They repeated the scoreline the following week against Swansea and then in Round 3 they beat Leicester 2-0. They then hung on for a 2 all draw with Stoke before belting Everton 4-0 and then overcoming Southampton 1-0. They then belted Crystal Palace 4-0 before being kept to a scoreless draw by Liverpool. Last week, Man U were surprised by Huddersfield, going down 2-1 to the Terriers. The Red Devils bounced back with a 1-0 win over Spurs but lost to Chelsea 1-0. The Red Devils then beat Newcastle 4-1, Brighton 1-0, Watford 4-2 and Arsenal 3-1 before going down to cross city rivals Manchester City 2-1. They then beat Bournemouth and West Brom by a goal before being kept to a 2 all draw against Leicester and Burnley the following week. After a scoreless draw with Southampton, Man U beat Everton 2-0, Stoke 3-0 and then Burnley 1-0. After going down 2-0 to Spurs, Man U beat Huddersfield 2-0 and then lost 1-0 to lowly Newcastle. Man United beat defending champions Chelsea 2-1 before a 3-2 win over the determined Crystal Palace. United then beat Liverpool 2-1 and Swansea 2-0 before winning the local derby 3-2 against Man City. They followed up with a loss to West Brom 1-0 and a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Arsenal spent plenty of time last season as one of the top 3 teams on the ladder and were looking set to challenge firmly for the top spot, but an inconsistent run home saw them drop down to fifth place on the table by the end of the year. They opened this season with a tough 4-3 win over Leicester City before surprisingly dropping their second round clash with Stoke 1-0. They were then hammered 4-0 by Liverpool before hitting back with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. After the Gunners played out a scoreless draw with Chelsea, they beat both West Brom and then Brighton 2-0 before dropping their game against the Wasps 2-1. They since beat Everton 5-2 and Swansea 2-1 before going down to Manchester City 3-1. They bounced back with a strong 2-0 win over the Spurs, 1-0 over Burnley and then flogging Huddersfield 5-0. The Gunners then lost to Man U 3-1 before scoring back to back draws with Southampton and the Hammers. Last week they toppled the lowly Newcastle 1-0. They had a 3 all draw with Liverpool prior to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace before a 1 all draw with West Brom and 2 all tie with Chelsea. The Gunners then dropped their match to Bournemouth 2-1 before scoring an impressive 4-1 win over the in form Crystal Palace before losing 3-1 to the last placed Swansea. They bounced back with a 5-1 belting of Everton before going down 1-0 to Spurs, 3-0 to Man City and 2-1 to lowly Brighton. They bounced back with successive wins over Watford 3-0, Stoke 3-0 and Southampton 3-2, before losing 2-1 to Newcastle. Last week they won comfortably 4-1 over West Ham.
Midfield – Controlling possession and field position will be the most vital battle between these star studded line ups.
Man U at home and in better form will be the favourites here, however this will be a tight and top quality clash.
Manchester United $1.40