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Manchester United vs Arsenal - Match Preview

05 Dec 2018 Tampines -Tanjong Pagar ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D


20:00 GMT
05 December 2018

Arsenal FC

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

20:00 GMT 05 December 2018

The games are beginning to come thick and fast in the Premier League with the hectic festive schedule up ahead. One of the biggest fixtures in the English football calendar takes place on Wednesday as Arsenal make the trip up north to face Manchester United.


  • Man United have been very poor in the league so far this season and currently find themselves 8th ahead of their clash this week. They’ve won just two of their last six in the Premier League and are beginning to fall away from the European places. With two draws and a loss in their last three, they must put a stop to the awful run or Jose Mourinho may be jobless by Christmas.
  • Arsenal are thriving under their new boss, Unai Emery and have made a seamless transition into his style of football. They sit 4th in the top-flight and are unbeaten in the league since the opening two weeks of the season. They came from behind last time out as they beat Tottenham 4-2 after going 2-1 down at Emirates.
  • Anthony Martial has been United’s leading talisman in the absence of Romelu Lukaku’s form and with six league goals, the Frenchman is their leading scorer.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the first Premier League player to net 10 goals this term and alongside Alexandre Lacazette, who has six, they have formed a dangerous partnership.


As you would expect with the recent meetings between these two sides, they have been relatively equal over the last few years. Of the last seven games involving both, United have won three, Arsenal have two wins and the other two ended as draws. However, both meetings last term saw the Red Devils come out on top: 3-1 at the Emirates and 2-1 at Old Trafford. There have been over 2.5 goals in four of the last six meetings with both teams also scoring in four.


A much-needed win for the hosts would see them move into 6th above Bournemouth and Everton. They have several injury problems as Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all face fitness tests while Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof will miss out.

Latest matches: Manchester United

01.12.2018 Prem Southampton FC Manchester United 2:2 D
27.11.2018 UEFA Manchester United Young Boys Bern 1:0 W
24.11.2018 Prem Manchester United Crystal Palace 0:0 D
11.11.2018 Prem Manchester City Manchester United 3:1 L
07.11.2018 UEFA Juventus Turin Manchester United 1:2 W


The Gunners will need to pick up three points on Wednesday to keep themselves in the top four and they can even go into third if Chelsea fail to win. Mesut Ozil may not return after missing the North London derby as Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal are unavailable.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

02.12.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Tottenham Hotspur 4:2 W
29.11.2018 UEFA Vorskla Poltava Arsenal FC 0:3 W
25.11.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Arsenal FC 1:2 W
11.11.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:1 D
08.11.2018 UEFA Arsenal FC Sporting CP 0:0 D


This is a very tough match to call and a draw certainly isn’t out of the equation at Old Trafford. It is generally an entertaining clash and this one looks as though it may follow the same pattern. I expect both teams to score in Manchester and over 2.5 goals to be scored in the match. At longer odds, a correct score of 2-2 looks most likely.

About the author - Tampines -Tanjong Pagar

  1. Tampines: Tampines Football Club, also known as Tampines Rovers, is a professional soccer team based in Singapore. They compete in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and have a rich history in Singaporean football. Here are some key points to consider about Tampines:


  • Experienced Squad: Tampines Rovers have a good mix of experienced players who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.
  • Strong Attack: The team boasts several talented attacking players who are capable of creating scoring opportunities and finding the back of the net.
  • Consistent Performers: Tampines Rovers have been consistently competitive in the SPL, often finishing near the top of the league table.


  • Defensive Vulnerabilities: At times, Tampines Rovers have shown vulnerabilities in their defense, which can lead to conceding goals.
  • Inconsistency: While they have had successful campaigns in the past, there have been instances where they struggled to maintain a consistent performance level.
  1. Tanjong Pagar: Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is another Singaporean soccer team that participates in the Singapore Premier League. After a hiatus, they made a return to the league in recent years. Here's an assessment of Tanjong Pagar:


  • Resurgence: After their return to the SPL, Tanjong Pagar has shown resilience and determination to re-establish themselves as a competitive team.
  • Young Talent: The team has invested in young players, giving them opportunities to develop and showcase their abilities.
  • Fighting Spirit: Tanjong Pagar has displayed a never-give-up attitude, often putting up spirited performances even against stronger opponents.


  • Limited Squad Depth: Tanjong Pagar may face challenges due to a relatively smaller squad and fewer resources compared to some other teams in the league.
  • Defensive Fragility: The team has struggled with defensive solidity at times, leading to conceding goals more frequently.

Overall, Tampines Rovers have a stronger track record and a more established presence in the Singapore Premier League. They possess experienced players and have a history of competitive performances. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar is a team that has been rebuilding and showing signs of progress. While they may face challenges, they have displayed resilience and a commitment to improvement.

It's important to note that soccer teams' performance can vary over time, so it's always a good idea to keep up with the latest news and updates on their progress.

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