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Manchester United will be taking on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday in what promises to be a title decider even at this early stage in the season. The results on Saturday meant that Arsenal have the ability to extend their lead over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester city with a win over United on Sunday. A victory for Arsenal help them open an seven-point advantage over Chelsea, which is massive even at this early stage in the season, while they are lead over United will be 11 points. It is even more significant because it may put United out of the running for the title.
United, though, are favourites to get three points partly because of their recent form and because of the home advantage. David Moyes has managed to get United to a run of eight matches without defeat, while they are also looking like the United of old at Old Trafford. However, Arsenal are not too far behind in terms of odds. Ladbrokes have put United had 6/5 to win. They have also given spectacular odds of 12/5 for a draw. The possibility of an Arsenal win, which has not happened since 2006, is rated at 11/5.
Arsenal’s away form has seen them when 14 out of the last 15 matches, which puts them in a strong position.
“I said at the start Arsenal have got the same chance as all the rest of us. It’s an open Premier League. They’ve had a really good start at this present time, but you can only decide who’s going to win it come the end of the season. We’re going to try and make sure that isn’t the situation. There’s a lot of football to be played, it’s early on in the season,” said David Moyes ahead of the match.
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Chelsea have been one of the most successful clubs in European football over the last decade. They have managed to win numerous league titles and also one Champions League title as well. However, Real Madrid are the favourites according to several bookmakers to take the victory when the two sides meet in Miami. Real Madrid are one of the most successful clubs in world football in the last century. They have managed to win nine European titles, which is a record. They are also valued as the richest sports franchise in the world.
Several bookmakers have given even odds for Real Madrid to win the match, while Chelsea are rated as the underdogs at 3.00. Chelsea come under the match on the back of his successful pre-season tour, which has seen them win all their matches so far. They recently managed 2-0 victories over both Milan clubs. Real Madrid have also been very successful under the new management of Carlo Ancelotti, who has moved Cristiano Ronaldo to a more central position. This is partly because of the interest surrounding winger Gareth Bale and also the departure of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli a few weeks ago.
Real Madrid have reached the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup after managing to beat the likes of Everton and LA Galaxy. “Real Madrid is playing this competition in pre-season here because I organised it for them. We play against a very special team with very special players, in a competition we are not obsessed to win. I will still make changes,” said Mourinho ahead of the match. “Real Madrid will be a huge test for us, they’re obviously one of the best teams in the world and I’ve had some good games with Cristiano Ronaldo down the years, so I hope this will be another exciting match,” said Ashley Cole.
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Before the start of the Confederations cup, Brazil and Spain meeting each other in the final was spoken of as the dream final for the competition. It has turned out to be exactly the case after both teams have made it to the final by beating the likes of Italy on the way. Both teams come into the match as the favourites for different reasons. Brazil have won this trophy the most number of times in recent years. Spain, on the other hand, have won the European championships and the FIFA World Cup.
Brazil have not been playing competitive fixtures until recently. In fact, the Confederations cup is the first competitive fixture they are playing after almost 2 years. Even though finals are always thought as evenly contested matches, Spain managed to humiliate their opponents in the recent finals like the Euro 2012. In the match that happened just over a year ago, Spain managed to defeat Italy 4-0 in the final. Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has been stating that his target for the Confederations cup has been achieved after his team reached the final.
Even though this is expected to be one of the exciting matches with a lot of goals, there are also extremely good odds for those looking to back goalless draws. For example, Paddy Power gives an extremely good odd for no goals he scored in the match at 2.00. Especially in the last few days, a lot of money has been coming into the under 2.5 goals option, which seems extremely favourable right now. Even though Brazil and Spain are also expected to be the favourites to win the World Cup itself next year, it is expected to be a cagey affair between the two teams.
Spain and Brazil will be meeting each other for the first time since 1999.
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