There should be goals between the Gunners and United

Robin van Persie will be aiming to shoot down his former club this weekend
Robin van Persie will be aiming to shoot down his former club this weekend

When Arsenal and Manchester United met at the Emirates Stadium last term the contest finished goalless.

But neither side looks even close to defensively strong enough to warrant a flutter on a repeat at 12/1 with bet365 as the pair prepare to renew hostilities this weekend.

In fact, bookies appear convinced that goals will be on the agenda, hence it’s just 31/40 via BetVictor for the north London clash to produce at least three and it’s the Gunners they think will manage the most, Paddy Power installing them as 5/4 favourites to secure maximum points.

Louis van Gaal’s charges are Stan James’s 12/5 outsiders, which is understandable given that they are yet to pick up a victory on the road, but they’ve lost only one of their last six so they’re in decent shape and can become the fourth team in five matches to grab a share of the spoils in Arsenal’s backyard.

BetVictor chalk the stalemate up at an enticing 5/2, it’s 7/2 courtesy of Ladbrokes to be a score draw and with plenty of goals likely, a modest wager on a 2-2 scoreline isn’t without appeal at 12/1 (bet365).

In attack, a striker at either end will come up against his former club. For the hosts, Danny Welbeck comes face-to-face United for the first time since his Old Trafford and he’s 5/1 at William Hill to haunt his old employers by breaking the deadlock.

Robin van Persie meanwhile, has scored three times in four meetings with the Gunners since leaving them and he’s 11/2 (bet365) to notch first.

Second-placed Southampton have won eleven of their last dozen in all competitions and it’s no surprise to see them given an odds-on quote of 4/5 by Stan James to maintain their momentum with a triumph at hapless Aston Villa.

Sporting the division’s best defence, Saints are 9/5 via betway to prevail ‘to nil’ against a Villans attack that has managed just one goal in seven games and BetVictor offer 11/2 about a 1-0 away success.

Unbeaten Chelsea are just 2/9 at Skybet to at least temporarily increase their lead at the table’s summit to seven by getting the better of West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where quote a Diego Costa opener at 5/2.

Another in-form front man, this time Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is 3/1 (William Hill) to net first as City, Stan James’s 2/5 jollies entertain Swansea and punters wanting to place Manuel Pellegrini’s troops in an accumulator can team them up at 6/4 (Stan James) with BetVictor’s rejuvenated 4/5 chances Newcastle, who host struggling QPR.

Liverpool’s draw at Crystal Palace in last season’s penultimate fixture effectively put paid to the Reds’ title dreams and at odds of 11/4 via William Hill, they might have to settle for a point again at Selhurst Park.

Their Merseyside neighbours Everton might also be held as they face buoyant West Ham, an outcome Skybet offer at 14/5.

Elsewhere, Paddy Power mark 7/10 against Stoke ahead of their home match against bottom club Burnley, Leicester (6/5, Ladbrokes) should be too strong for visiting Sunderland and bet365 go 12/5 about Hull and Tottenham being inseparable at the KC Stadium.

Lewis Hamilton holds a 17-point lead over Nico Rosberg in the Formula One drivers’ championship but with double points available in Sunday’s final race in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton needs to finish second or ahead of Rosberg to be absolutely certain of securing the title. rate the Brit at 2/9 to be crowned champion and he’s 10/11 at Paddy Power to clinch top spot in the standings by finishing first at the Yas Marina Circuit.

In their latest autumn international contest, England are strongly fancied to end their losing streak at the expense of Samoa, Skybet pricing Stuart Lancaster’s side at just 1/14 to come out on top at Twickenham.

Those odds obviously give little away so punters are more likely to back the hosts in the handicaps where they’re 19/20 with BetVictor to cover Samoa’s 17-point start.

The day’s other value bets include’s 10/11 for Ireland to overhaul Australia’s two-point cushion in Dublin and bet365’s even money, marked against a New Zealand outfit penalised by 14 points when taking on Wales.

Bet of the week: Southampton to beat Aston Villa ‘to nil’ – 9/5 (betway).

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