Premier League: Manchester United vs Arsenal betting preview

By: Quinn Allen
09 May 24
News - EPL
Premier League: Manchester United vs Arsenal betting preview

Arsenal will be looking to stay at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday, May 12th as they head north to face Manchester United at Old Trafford. The kick-off is scheduled for 11:30 AM ET. The Gunners are currently one point ahead of Manchester City but the title-holders do have a game in hand, which could prove to be costly with the campaign quickly drawing to a close. The North Londoners continue to produce the goods though, beating Bournemouth 3-0 last weekend at the Emirates. As for the Red Devils, they’re still in the mix for a Europa spot but just suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday.


  • Manchester United plays host to Arsenal on Sunday
  • The Gunners are a heavy favorite to win
  • Keep reading for our match preview

Head-to-head info

This is a prestigious clash with no shortage of history. Although United is in poor form, they’ve only lost once in their last 16 home games against Arsenal, which is a sign the hosts could spoil their rivals’ title pursuit on Sunday. The reverse fixture went the Gunners’ way however, winning 3-1 on home soil last September.

Manchester United

It’s been a rather disappointing campaign for the Red Devils. They did return to the Champions League but finished at the bottom of their group and have struggled to also find consistency in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag’s side are currently in eighth with a 16-6-13 record, sitting two points off sixth place Newcastle United. If United is going to get into Europe in 2024-25, they will need to be at their absolute best in the final two games.

But, the Red Devils came out and looked invisible on Monday at Selhurst Park. Palace ran riot on them, taking a 3-0 lead by the 58th minute. Man United controlled 57% of the ball but had a mere two shots on target, once again failing to show their best in the final third. Ten Hag’s men now have just two wins in their last seven across all competitions. Yes, there were some draws in there, but regardless, the results just aren’t great. Marcus Rashford has struggled this term with only seven goals, while Rasmus Hojlund has eight. Bruno Fernandes is their best player with 10 goals and seven assists.

This is a very important game for them not only to move closer to European football, but to also potentially play spoiler to a club they do not want to see win it all. I mean, United may rather see Arsenal lift the title rather than Man City, but it’s a match the hosts will want to snatch three points. The Red Devils are a big underdog at all soccer betting sites.


What a phenomenal season for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta’s group leads the top flight in points and has scored a league-best 88 goals while conceding a league-low 28 times. There are so many different players doing their part up top for Arsenal, led by Bukayo Saka. The Englishman has 16 goals and nine assists, while Kai Havertz has bagged 12 and set up another six. Leandro Trossard, Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, and Eddie Nketiah are all massive pieces for this club, too.

Since getting knocked out of the Champions League on April 17th by Bayern Munich, Arsenal have proceeded to win four games in a row against Wolves, Chelsea, Spurs, and Bournemouth, keeping three clean sheets in the process. Saka, Trossard, and Rice all hit the back of the net in the victory over the Cherries. Arsenal has only lost once in their last 18 Premier League outings and has been the epitome of consistency for most of the season, except for a couple of slip-ups here and there.

While there’s a possibility that City could choke in their game in hand against Spurs, it is unlikely given Tottenham’s horrid form. That’s why it’s pivotal that Arsenal grabs six points across their final two matches against United and Everton. They should be feeling confident given their recent play. The visitors are a clear -303 favorite at BetVictor to win outright.

Quinn Allen is a seasoned sports journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Quinn is a full-time senior editor for ClutchPoints where he specializes in baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. Quinn has been working in the industry for five years and brings a unique outlook to sports journalism, having played high-level soccer and baseball growing up. Quinn resides in Kelowna, Canada, and enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym.