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Arsenal vs Manchester United prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out today?


Manchester United are hoping to bounce back when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a miserable defeat against Sheffield United last time out, bringing their 13-game unbeaten run in the league to a chastening end. That tremendous run of form, which followed defeat by today’s opponents Arsenal in November, had seen United go top of the league, however, they now enter the weekend one point adrift of rivals Manchester City, who also boast a game in hand. 

Anthony Martial failed to impress against the Blades and could be replaced by Edinson Cavani up front, with Solskjaer’s side unable to afford further dropped points in such a congested title race. They face an Arsenal side brimming with confidence, though, having won five of their last six league games; a run that represents a remarkable turnaround after such a dire start to the campaign.  

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A weakened Gunners side did suffer defeat against Southampton in the FA Cup last week, however, they responded instantly in the league with an impressive 3-1 win at St Mary’s to creep into the top half of the table. The top four is not altogether out of reach, but they will have to negotiate several concerns this afternoon, with doubts over captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe’s availability. New signing Martin Odegaard could feature.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is it and what time is kick-off?

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The match will get underway at 5.30pm on Saturday 30 January at the Emirates Stadium. 

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning from 5pm. 

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What is the team news?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the last two matches due to his mother being unwell, however, Arteta has not completely ruled out a return against United. Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe both suffered muscle injuries against Southampton and will undergo medical assessments. Kieran Tierney is a doubt while both Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos are expected to miss out. New signing Martin Odegaard is likely to be on the bench. 

Eric Bailly suffered an injury ahead of United’s defeat against the Blades and faces a race against time to prove he’s fit, while Brandon Williams is expected to miss out. Edinson Cavani could replace Anthony Martial up front. 

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

What are the odds?

Arsenal – 9/5

Draw – 12/5

Manchester United – 29/20

Prediction

United’s desperate defeat by the Blades will have sent a jolt through Solskjaer’s squad and they should respond in a manner worthy of being title contenders. Arsenal came out on top in the pair’s last meeting, but United’s quality should eventually tell in a tense game. Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United 

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