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Arsenal v Man Utd: Champions to cruise away date

| 27.04.2013

Manchester United may have the title in the bag, but with a Premier League points record in their sights, any Arsenal fan who thinks the champions are going to go easy at the Emirates is going to be disappointed.

At 2/1, United offer incredible value in the match betting stakes as they take on a 5/4-rated Arsenal side who, for all their recent point-accumulation, have got away with doing the bare minimum of late and, in truth, should be a long way back in the scrap for Champions League spots.

Scraping wins against the likes of West Brom, Fulham and Norwich doesn’t bode well ahead of a game with the finest team in the land, who will offer infinitely more at either end of the pitch than these three run-of-the-mill outfits.

The only side of any real substance that the Gunners have faced since losing to Tottenham in early March is Everton, where they struggled for a point and were unable to find the back of the net.

These uninspiring facts point to an away win when these two once bitter rivals lock horns; the north Londoners are simply not equipped with the tools to better, or even match, the champions.

Seven United wins from their most recent eight meetings tells you all you need to know about how far apart these two clubs have drifted in terms of footballing prowess and the 10-game unbeaten away record in the Premier League they’re defending adds further condemnation to Arsenal’s flimsy chances.

United’s travelling fans have had exactly two goals to celebrate in three of their previous four road trips, while five of the last seven league clashes at the Emirates have yielded more than 2.5 goals.

These figures lay the foundations for mooting 2-1 to United here. It pays out at a handsome 10/1 and has been the outcome in three of the last eight renewals between these two.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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James Middleton