Pete Nordsted: Expecting a win for Manchester United and Everton to hold their own at Fulham

This weekend we see the return of an old rivalry that has played a big part in Premier League history when Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal side to Old Trafford for a Saturday lunchtime kick off.

There is no doubt that there will be much talk about last season’s 8-2 thrashing and it would be no surprise to see Sir Alex Ferguson starting  the mind games early. We also have the Robin van Persie factor which is bound to add intrigue to this highly anticipated encounter.

However, as punters, we should certainly not get wrapped up in all of this and we have to take last season’s result as a complete one off.

Arsenal fielded a very inexperienced side last time out at Old Trafford and will be far better prepared here.

Manchester United have an outstanding home record against teams of the Gunner’s stature though, which reads won eight, drawn none and lost two.

Furthermore, when we look at Arsenal’s recent away record to teams of United’s grade, it reads won three, drawn one, lost six, on that basis the 8/13 (1.62) offered about Manchester United to win the game is realistically priced.

However, this price can be improved by dutching Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to win by one or two goals as this has been the winning margin in seven of United’s last eight home victories against the Premier League elite and in six of Arsenal’s last seven away defeats against the top four sides.

Dutching Manchester United to win by one or two goals pays around 11/10 (2.09), and this looks again to offer some very good value.

To achieve this price to £10 stakes you place £5.59 at 11/4 (3.75) on Manchester united to win by one goal at and £4.41 on United to win by two goals at 15/5 (4.75) in the winning margin market.

Elsewhere, I like the look of Everton’s chances when they travel to West London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Despite Fulham’s impressive home record, their record when facing teams of Everton’s grading reads won one, drawn four, lost five and when David Moyes’ side take on teams of Fulham’s stature their record reads won six, drawn two and lost two.

With these stats in mind it would be advisable to keep the draw on side and Everton can be backed at a tempting 7/8 (1.88) +0 goals on the Asian Handicap . Which offers similar terms to that of the Draw No Bet market.

Manchester United v Arsenal
Fulham v Everton

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