The topsy-turvy 2015/16 Premier League season sees Manchester United at 2/1 to finish in the top four with two games left to play, despite Louis van Gaal’s men going six without a win in the run up to Christmas and losing 10 top-flight fixtures before mid-March.
Van Gaal, who appeared done for in December and could still quite easily lose his job to Jose Mourinho this summer, may end up being lucky with his enemies who, incidentally, face each other today.
Fourth-placed Manchester City won just one of their six Premier League fixtures between the first weekend in February and the first weekend in April, when they bagged consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since October.
A win, loss and draw from City’s past three games means Manuel Pellegrini’s men may need maximum points at home to Arsenal, and on the last day of the campaign away to in-form Swansea.
City are 4/11 with Ladbrokes to retain their top-four status. Anything but a win against Arsene Wenger’s side would likely flip the odds in favour of neighbours United ahead of the season’s final week.
The Red Devils still face a tough trip to West Ham in midweek, for the Irons’ last ever match at the Boleyn Ground, but that fixture will seem slightly less daunting after Slaven Bilic’s sixth-placed outfit virtually surrendered their Champions League challenge with a limp 4-1 loss at home to the Swans.
United are hardly in scintillating form, but seven wins from their last 10 top-flight outings, including two in their last three away games, isn’t bad.
Van Gaal got away with resting Marcus Rashford, Daley Blind and Morgan Schneiderlin for the 1-0 win away at Norwich, so three key players will freshen up the spine of the visitors in East London, although the entire XI would be invigorated if Arsenal leave the Etihad with a point or more.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.