Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways after the 1-1 draw against Fulham at the Emirates last weekend. Robin Van Persie failed to score and with some media outlets claiming of fatigue for the Dutchman, Arsené Wenger left the striker out of the midweek Carling Cup defeat against Manchester City.
Wenger rotated his squad on Tuesday and most of his first team regulars should be suitably rested for the trip to the DW Stadium. There has been an average of over 5 goals in Arsenal’s away games so far this season and the likes of Walcott, Arteta, Ramsey and Gervinho are also capable of getting on the scoresheet for the Gunners.
The Latics have scored two thirds of their goals at home, whilst Wigan’s last 3 games have produced 13 goals and there is good value in going overs in this game.
Over 2.5 goals (Wigan v Arsenal) @1.70
Sir Alex Ferguson apologised midweek after the 2-1 extra time Carling Cup defeat to Championship side Crystal Palace and in truth, United have been a long way short of the dazzling form that was seen at the beginning of the season.
The return of central defensive pairing Ferdinand and Vidic along with good recent displays from Jones and De Gea has shored up the backline, but it is going forward where the Red Devils have unusually struggled with just 6 goals scored in 6 games. Wayne Rooney has not scored since the September victory over Chelsea and Ferguson will be expecting a reaction from his first team regulars in a historically happy hunting ground at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have not scored in two Premier League games and without the form of Agbonlahor and the goals from Bent, the Villain’s season could be a lot worse despite the relatively favourable run of fixtures so far. With Manchester City at home to Norwich, United will be desperate for three points to maintain the pressure on their city rivals.
Manchester United to win @1.72