Arsenal v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 21, 2019
Emirates Stadium - FA Cup
It may only be the fourth round, but this game could turn out to be an FA Cup classic as Arsenal host Manchester United on Friday night. The Gunners come into this game full of confidence after an assured performance against Chelsea at the weekend, while United are looking for their eighth successive victory.
The teams drew 2-2 at Old Trafford earlier this season, while United did the double over Arsenal last term. The Gunners won back-to-back games at the Emirates before that run, while United have won eight of the last 16 meetings between the sides, with Arsenal winning three.
Both managers are expected to make changes for this game, and how many each boss makes could have a major bearing on the result. Unai Emery made sweeping changes in the last round at Blackpool, but will be without Hector Bellerin through injury here after the full-back suffered a suspected ligament injury on Saturday. Former United duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck miss out, along with Rob Holding.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made fewer changes as United beat Reading at home in the last round. Romelu Lukaku and ex-Gunner Alexis Sanchez both got their only starts so far under Solskjaer in that game, and expected to get another chance here. Marouane Fellaini is out with a calf injury after his injury-time winner at Old Trafford against Arsenal last season, while Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are both building up their fitness.
Arsenal v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
This fixture is no longer the ferocious grudge match of yesteryear, but their meeting in Manchester last month was entertaining and this one looks set to follow suit. United have been completely reinvigorated under their interim manager, while Arsenal are much improved against the top teams this season.
The Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend means they now have more points against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ sides than they managed in the whole of last season. Emery’s side were comfortable against the Blues on Saturday, with their victory built on a well-drilled pressing game against their London rivals.
Arsenal start as the slight favourites for this game, priced at 8/5. United aren’t far behind though, at 7/4. The Reds look a completely difference team under Solskjaer, who’s given his players the confidence to go out and attack.
Part of this stems from more structure in their attacking play, and after a superb first-half performance in their recent win at Tottenham, United’s interim boss will no doubt have a plan for how to hurt Arsenal on the counter.
Solskjaer has already set a record for a new United boss in winning his first seven games, but this is another tough test for the Norwegian. The visitors could be happy to take a draw and a replay back at Old Trafford, and that outcome’s priced at 5/2.
Score draw at 7/2
Both of these teams will approach this game with enthusiasm, but they look closely matched and are only separated by goal difference in the Premier League table.
Over 2.5 goals at 17/25
There’s been 23 goals in the last seven meetings between these sides, with five of them seeing over 2.5 goals. Three of the last six have seen four or more.