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Betting: Will Mourinho park the Manchester United bus at Arsenal?

18:10 EAT 01/12/2017
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Mourinho's Manchester United have been notoriously defensive away at strong teams. Will they repeat the tactic at Arsenal?

It's a top four blockbuster between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday morning (AEDT), but should we be getting excited about the match?

Jose Mourinho's Red Devils have consistently parked the bus while playing away at strong sides - a fact plain to see with the dour performances in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool and the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

There is no reason to expect Mourinho to alter his tactics, especially with Arsenal starting to hit their straps in the past few weeks.

The Gunners swept aside Huddersfield 5-0 on Thursday (AEDT) with a second half onslaught and have also recorded important league wins against Tottenham (2-0) and Burnley (1-0) in the past two weeks.

Star attackers Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have hit top form in the past few weeks and will likely pose a threat to a United defence that look fragile in the last 15 minutes against Watford.

It's been a strange season for United with a stunning start to the campaign followed by a few poor results - but they have won their last three league matches since the loss to Chelsea at the start of November.

Their good form has coincided with the return from injury of Paul Pogba, who's ability to get the team going out of midfield was sorely missed, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recovery from a serious knee problem and subsequent reintegration back into the first team gives Mourinho a plethora of options in attack.

Expect both teams to send out a back three and United to sit a little deeper, with the intent to spring Arsenal on the break through the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Arsenal or draw at $1.40

Under 2.5 goals at $1.95

United haven't won a match away from home against fellow top six contender since a 1-0 victory at Manchester City in March 2016 

Coupled with Mourinho's expected defensive tactics, Arsenal to win or draw at $1.40 appears to be a strong bet.

Four of their last five games against the top six have also resulted in scorelines with two goals or less, making the under 2.5 goals at $1.95 an attractive option.

In the goalscorers market, Ozil to score anytime at $5.00 and Pogba to find the net at $4.33 look to be the best value.

*Prices subject to change