Manchester United and Arsenal have combined for some of the most epic title battles in Premier League history, with fireworks all but guaranteed when the two sides meet.
With Manchester City the clear favourites to retain their crown this term, the Red Devils and the Gunners would surely be content with a place inside the top four, but that won’t lessen the anticipation of their Wednesday night Old Trafford clash.
And to add yet further intrigue to the on-field excitement, FansBet’s Fantasy Game of the Week could see you win cash by picking out the players you think will perform best when United host Arsenal.
It’s just £11 to enter for a chance to win a share of £500. All you need to do is pick a six-a-side line-up from the two teams’ players. You have a budget of £55million to work with to pick your starting six plus one substitute.
Here’s the team we’re going with. Think you can do better?
David De Gea – £6million
The Spanish shot-stopper, widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, may have fallen ever so slightly short of his usual superhuman levels this season, but he’s still a world-class performer.
There was nothing the former Atletico Madrid keeper could have done about either of Southampton’s goals in United’s 2-2 draw at St Mary’s at the weekend, but he did produce a spectacular stop to spare the Red Devils’ blushes in last week’s Champions League win over Young Boys.
United are 2.5 to beat Arsenal at Old Trafford*
Hector Bellerin – £5.5million
Former Barcelona youth standout Bellerin has recaptured his best form under new Gunners boss Unai Emery after a couple of seasons of stagnation at the Emirates.
Still only 23, the Spaniard is one of the best full-backs in the Premier League when on his game and has already racked up an impressive four assists in the English top flight this term.
Juan Mata – £6.5million
Mata doesn’t always start for United – he’s lined up six times in the league so far this term, coming off the bench for a further four appearances – but when he does play, he tends to make an impact.
Whether creator or scorer, the former Chelsea star’s contributions are often decisive and it’s games like Wednesday night’s visit of Arsenal in which Jose Mourinho should make best use of Mata’s reliability.
Anthony Martial – £7.5million
On the bench for the Southampton draw, United missed Martial’s one-v-one ability in the final third and propensity for creating something from nothing against Southampton.
The Frenchman is United’s top scorer this season with seven goals and was key to the Red Devils’ 3-2 victory at the Emirates last season.
Alexandre Lacazette – £9.5million
Lacazette failed to make the anticipated impact at the Emirates last term following his then-club-record £52million move from Lyon, starting brightly but fading as the campaign wore on.
But this season has seen the striker find his groove with Arsenal. Dovetailing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack, Lacazette has scored seven goals in all competitions and his unselfish movement and link play has been an asset to Unai Emery’s side.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £11million
The Premier League’s top scorer at present with ten goals, the Gabonese striker is riding a lethal streak in front of goal, scoring, on average, with every third shot.
A £60million January signing, Emery inherited the corundum of how to fit Aubameyang and Lacazette into the same attack. But the Spanish tactician, starting the former from the left, appears to have found the solution.
Aubameyang is 4.5 with FansBet to be first scorer when Arsenal face United at Old Trafford*
Marcus Rashford – £7million
A brace against the Gunners at Old Trafford on his Premier League debut in February 2016 announced Rashford’s arrival in the United first-team, marking the the young attacker out as one of Europe’s top prospects.
Still working to establish a consistent role within the starting XI, he has started only six league games this season. However, the England international was comfortably United’s best performer against Southampton at the weekend and deserves the chance to start against Arsenal.
*Odds subject to change
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