Arsenal v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions – Friday 25th January 2019

Two English giants come together for the headline clash of the FA Cup fourth round this Friday. The draw suits neither team, with both keen to land silverware whilst also pushing for a top four finish, but the neutrals are in for a treat with Arsenal hosting a Manchester United side still enjoying a 100% record under their new manager.

In terms of history in this competition, there are no clubs bigger than the two preparing to duel at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have lifted the FA Cup 13 times previously and United just one time fewer. Dreams of lifting another will come to an abrupt end for one of these clubs but only time will tell which one. Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer possibly land an amazing eighth consecutive win since taking over at Old Trafford?

Top Tips

Draw @ 5/2

Both Teams to Score @ 8/15

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Arsenal News: Bellerin’s injury nightmare

Arsenal Match Against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium
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Last weekend, Hector Bellerin returned to the starting line-up following his return from injury but his full comeback ended up being one to forget. Around 70 minutes into the clash with Chelsea, the right back went down in great pain and had to be stretchered off. His manager immediately feared the worst and the strong suspicion of a serious injury was quickly confirmed. A day later the club announced that the defender had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), ruling him out for the rest of the season. This is a huge blow to the player and the Gunners.

Gunners Buoyed by derby Win

Emery’s men earned a deserved win over Chelsea last time out and that 2-0 success will have given them a real boost. They played well and were good value for the win, a result that was much needed after defeat at West Ham in the game prior. The Gunners have been a little hit and miss of late but at home they remain a formidable opponent and will be looking for a fourth straight win at the Emirates.

Manchester United News: Solskjaer enters the history books

Manchester United Fans in a Corner of Old Trafford Football Stadium
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not have asked for a better start to life in the Manchester United hot seat. Back at the club where he spent 11 years as a player, he’s seized the opportunity with both hands, completely revitalising a once stuttering team. Last weekend’s victory over Brighton was the Norwegian’s sixth league success in a row, equalling the record for the best start made by a Premier League manager. It also became a club record, surpassing the five game run Sir Matt Busby enjoyed during the start of his United reign. The Norwegian is demanding more though and, straight out of the Sir Alex Ferguson textbook, is challenging his players to go for 10 successive wins.

Sanchez may face former club

Although Solskjaer has been careful not to give too much information away, he has revealed that Alexis Sanchez has a decent chance of starting this Friday. The former Arsenal man has only started two games for his new manager but there is far from any friction between them. Just last week United’s caretaker boss praised the attitude of the Chilean and said he’s looking forward to seeing him in action after recovering from a minor hamstring problem. Although the 30-year-old remains a little shy of full match fitness, the plan appears to be for him to start over Anthony Martial this weekend.

Analysis: Solskjaer set for his toughest test yet

Although he’s already taken on Tottenham at Wembley, Friday’s upcoming test could be the most difficult yet for United’s on loan manager. Arsenal are trailing Spurs in the league but their home record is a more impressive one than their north London rivals. The Emirates Stadium stands as one of toughest grounds in England to travel to so there will be no easy fifth round passage for the Red Devils despite their superb form.

Home comforts to make all the difference

Given how excellent the Red Devils have been over the past few weeks, you’d fancy them to topple most sides at the moment. It cannot be stressed enough though how hard the Gunners are to beat at home. At the Emirates Stadium, they’ve not lost to a side outside the Premier League’s top four since December 2017 when they were defeated 3-1 by United. With a record like this, Arsenal are not a team you want to bet against but this is also true of their opponents thanks to their sensational form. It’s too difficult to see a side losing this contest so we look set for a draw (5/2) in north London this Friday.

Goalkeepers set for a busy night

The last time David de Gea made the trip down to London, the Spaniard made 11 saves in the win over Tottenham. He faced an especially hectic afternoon then and either he, or Sergio Romero, will no doubt have plenty of work to do this Friday. At home, the Gunners have averaged 18.8 shots in the league, a record bettered only by Manchester City. United on the other hand have netted 19 times in the seven matches Solskjaer has taken control of. With United having regained their eye for goal and playing with real attacking freedom, it seems a near certainty that both teams will find the back of the net (8/15) in what is set to be a thrilling contest.

Lacazette firmly back in favour

Marcus Rashford would normally be a tempting anytime goalscorer in this match but his manager hinted that the tired looking 21-year-old could be handed a rest. It seems unlikely that Alexandre Lacazette will miss out on this clash though especially after impressing so much against London rivals Chelsea last weekend. The Frenchman broke the deadlock on what was his third consecutive league start and has now seen his last five goals all come at the Emirates Stadium. Clearly a man who enjoys home comforts, the sharp looking striker is well worth backing to find the net again (7/5) this Friday.

Recent Matches

Clean sheets have been an increasingly uncommon thing to find whenever these two sides have gone face to face. From their last 10 bouts in all competitions, only twice have both teams failed to find the back of the net (I.E. BTTS hasn’t been a winning bet).

5th December 2018: Manchester United 2 – 2 Arsenal

Arsenal’s unbeaten run extended to 20 matches in a game that witnessed four goals of the lowest quality. Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring after De Gea made a complete mess of his header but Anthony Martial quickly levelled despite being surrounded by a sea of green shirts. Some calamitous defending, ending in a Marcos Rojo own goal, put the Gunners back ahead again but once again they were quickly pegged back. One long punt up field from kick-off wasn’t dealt with by a sleeping Arsenal defence, allowing Jesse Lingard to swoop in and poke home. A thriller for sure but a classic, certainly not.

29th April 2018: Manchester United 2 – 1 Arsenal

Sir Alex Ferguson greeted Wenger for a pre-match presentation to mark the Frenchman’s final trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager. It turned out not be a happy farewell for the long-standing Arsenal manager as Marouane Fellaini once again proved to be the late hero for United. The Belgian had headed against the post just a few minute earlier but made no mistake when handed another sight of goal following Ashley Young’s cross.

2nd December 2017: Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United

Mourinho had a day to remember as he secured his first win in 12 attempts away at a top six rival. A combination of astute tactics and a stunning display from David de Gea made the difference as Arsenal slipped out the top four. The Gunners had 33 shots in total, including 16 on target but only Lacazette’s strike just after half-time found its way in. Pogba saw red with 15 minutes to go for a stamp on Hector Bellerin but a resolute United were able to hold on.

7th May 2017: Arsenal 2 – 0 Manchester United

A 25 match unbeaten league run came to an end for Manchester United here, damaging their hopes of a top four finish. The defeat left them four points behind local rivals Manchester City in fourth, with just three games to play. Both sides lacked creativity in the contest and the deadlock was only broken courtesy of Xhaka’s deflected long-range effort. Danny Welbeck added another three minutes later, handing Wenger his first competitive victory against Mourinho on the ninth attempt.

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