On the one hand, Manchester United seems to be slowly emerging from its crisis. Solskjaer’s dismissal gives the feeling of having had the desired effect, that is, the reaction of the players that the management hopes for when making such a decision. Now, however, they need to give continuity to move up the rankings, and the club has chosen a decidedly non-moldable character like Ragnick to do so.
The stars of the locker room are warned that the whims of the locker room are not covered in the manual of the German iron sergeant. On this Thursday, a very fit Arsenal will arrive at Old Trafford, where they will try to take advantage of the difficulties of their opponents.
Arsenal are 5 points ahead of United but have already lost heavily with City this season, Liverpool and Chelsea without scoring even a goal so we are not sure that against a team of higher level on the card like Manchester United they know how to set up a courageous match. In addition, Arsenal also has an external performance from a mid-ranking team (3 defeats): we expect a truly balanced game with a high pace as the Premier has accustomed us.
Manchester United WDLLWD
Manchester United enters this game after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League.
In that game, Manchester United had 34% possession and three shots on goal, two of which were on target. Manchester United’s only goal came from Jadon Sancho (50′). Chelsea’s opponents had 24 shots on goal, with 6 of them on target. Chelsea’s goal came from Jorginho (69′).
Manchester United have scored nine goals in their last six games. On the other hand, the total number of goals conceded in those same games is 9.
Manchester United’s previous performance demonstrates that they:
Arsenal will come into the game following on from a 2-0 Premier League win to beat Newcastle United in their last match.
Arsenal had 66 percent possession and 23 shots on goal, 6 of which were on target in that game. Arsenal’s goals came from Bukayo Saka (56′) and Gabriel Martinelli (66′). Newcastle United, on the other hand, had 9 shots on goal, 5 of which were on target.
The trend of at least one team failing to score in games involving Arsenal has recently become apparent. According to an examination of their last 6 outings, this has happened five times in their last six outings. In those games, their opponents have scored a total of five goals, while Arsenal have scored ten.
Injured and suspended
Manchester United (Tahith Chong, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw)
Arsenal (Sead Kolasinac, Xhaka, Granit)
Head to head
We believe Arsenal is capable of putting one past this Manchester United defense, though it is unlikely to be as many as they will concede.
Manchester United will win by a narrow 2-1 margin at the end of 90 minutes, according to our prediction. It’s going to be fiercely competitive.
The derby match between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, which will take place on Friday as part of the 13th round of the Primeira Liga, will take place at Estadio da Luz.
The Eagles and The Lions are neighbors in the current standings with a gap of 1 point separating the sides. Benfica sit on the 3rd spot in the standings after collecting 31 points so far. Their opponents from Sporting Lisbon are occupying 2nd place on 32 points.
Benfica will be looking to build on their 0-7 Primeira Liga victory over Belenenses last time out.
In that game, Benfica had 83 percent possession and 17 shots on goal, 11 of which were on target.Haris Seferovi (14′, 39′), Julian Weigl (27′), and Darwin Nez (32′, 34′, 45′) scored for Benfica. Belenenses’ opponents had 0 shots on goal, with 0 on target. Belenenses scored through Eduardo Kau (1′ Own Goal).
Matches with Benfica have recently been entertaining affairs, with plenty of scoring being a common feature. In their last six meetings, both teams have scored a total of 24 goals (at an average of 4 goals per game), with 17 of them coming from Benfica. That type of trend, however, is not guaranteed to continue in the next game.
Sporting Lisbon WWWWWW
Sporting Lisbon enters this game off the back of a 2-0 Primeira Liga victory over Tondela.
Sporting Lisbon had 62 percent possession and 14 shots on goal, 8 of which were on target. (10′) and Paulinho (50′) scored for Sporting Lisbon. Tondela had five shots on goal, one of which was on target.
Sporting Lisbon has scored 13 goals in their previous six matches. Sporting Lisbon has also scored on all three of these occasions. During that time, they have only allowed one goal.
Looking at their previous results, Sporting Lisbon:
Injured and suspended
Benfica (Lucas Veríssimo, Nemanja Radonjic, Rodrigo Pinho)
Sporting Lisbon (Rúben Vinagre, João Palhinha, Jovane)
Head to head
We believe that Sporting Lisbon has the ability to score against this Benfica team in this game, but it may not be enough to prevent defeat.
Our prediction is that this will be a close game, with Benfica winning 2-1 at the end. It is definitely a difficult decision.
A classic match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park. One of the reasons why it’s interesting is the fact that Bayern have not yet sowed the gap in the league and that, by winning, Borussia Dortmund can overtake them at the top of the table. It promises to be a show as always. Both teams have stratospheric attacks: 33 goals in 13 games for Borussia Dortmund, 42 for Bayern Munich. In addition to that, Haaland returned from injury, scoring immediately against Wolfsburg, while in Bayern, Lewandowski scored as usual in an avalanche.
We anticipate fierce competition from the underdog Borussia Dortmund, who will try to focus on intensity and scoring one more goal than their opponents; after all, the most recent challenges have always ended with a flurry of goals. The Black and Yellow have no half-measures:
Borussia Dortmund WLLWLW
Borussia Dortmund have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately, although they’ve also managed to score goals themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Borussia Dortmund have conceded in 5 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 6 of those matches.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Borussia Dortmund:
Bayern Munich WWWLWW
Bayern Munich has scored 16 goals in their last six matches. Bayern Munich has also scored on every single one of those occasions. Their defenders have allowed 8 goals into their own net during that time. However, that trend is not guaranteed to continue in the next game.
Going into this match, Bayern Munich is undefeated in away games against Borussia Dortmund in the last two league matches.
Injured and suspended
Borussia Dortmund (Koen Casteels, William, Xaver Schlager, Bartosz Bialek)
Bayern München Joshua Kimmich, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting)
Head to head
Bayern Munich, in our opinion, has the ability to dominate possession and create several successful chances.
At the same time, Borussia Dortmund will be up against it in terms of scoring goals, but we see them doing so.
As a result, Bayern Munich had a fairly comfortable 1-3 lead at the end of 90 minutes.