Arsenal vs. Manchester United on 1/25 – Odds, Predictions, and Betting Pick
By Dan Roberts Published on January 23, 2019
It’s been a while since these old foes were battling for Premier League supremacy.
Arsenal and Manchester United have always been successful in the FA Cup, though, and will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory in this fourth-round matchup.
Arsenal has won the famous old trophy in three of the last five seasons and will be desperate to put one over their Premier League rivals who have also won the cup in recent years.
Both sides have seen a change in fortune recently.
The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager at Manchester United has seemingly turned around their season, and there’s a case for giving him the job permanently.
Arsenal, on the other хэнд, has experienced a real dip in form since Christmas. They recently beat Chelsea, but their overall struggles in the league mean they could be looking at the FA Cup as a saving grace.
Read on for my Arsenal versus Manchester United preview that will tell you how you should approach this tie from a betting perspective. I’ll also look at how the online betting sites are pricing the game.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United Match Odds
With both managers likely to rest a few of the bigger names, it’s another chance for some of the younger squad players to stake a claim for more games. But even with a number of changes, these two sides will have some stellar stars on display.
Here are the latest odds for the game, courtesy of Betway.
Arsenal Win2.60 Draw3.50 Man Utd Win2.62
Arsenal and Manchester United are the most successful sides in FA Cup history (with Arsenal winning 13 times to United’s 12), and the competition has a special place in the hearts of fans and players alike at both clubs.
These two teams could be forgiven for concentrating on the Premier League, however, as both are aiming for Champions League qualification and neither are anywhere near assured of that just yet.
Could this mean we see a little less passion in this fixture than we’d normally expect? Possibly, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see the two teams give it their all.
Although the Norwegian former striker was originally brought in as caretaker manager until the end of the season, many at the club are now saying that he should be given the role on a full-time basis.
Winning a trophy would definitely bolster his case, so he will be sure to put out a side capable of winning this fourth-round tie.
It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer is given the job in the summer, but he has undoubtedly changed the feel around the club – and more importantly the displays on the pitch.
Manchester United has won EVERY match since Solskjaer took over.
Solskjaer has overseen six wins in the Premier League to go with the 2-0 victory over Reading in the last round of this competition.
Players such as Paul Pogba have looked visibly boosted by the new regime, and Arsenal boss Unai Emery must be wishing that Jose Mourinho was still in charge as they go into this tie.
Where the Game Will Be Won for United
Manchester United under Jose Mourinho almost seemed to revel in playing dismal, defensive soccer, and although that tactic had worked for the Portuguese coach at a host of other European giants, it had begun to become too predictable at Old Trafford.
United under Solskjaer has averaged almost three goals a game in the league and is starting to use their attacking players in the way the fans had been calling out for earlier in the season.
Marcus Rashford has scored in the last four Premier League matches, and if he shakes off the injury he picked up against Brighton, he’ll be heavily backed to get on the score sheet at the Emirates.
Solskjaer is likely to rest a few players – at least from the starting eleven – but Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were both given the opportunity to impress in the third-round win over Reading.
Sanchez was replaced by the red-hot Rashford just after the hour mark, but Lukaku was able to kill off the game by scoring the second goal just before half time. It was the Belgian striker’s ninth of the season and carried on his recent revival of form.
If Manchester United can continue their fast-paced attacking play shown in recent games, they could have too much for an Arsenal side that is experiencing a dip in form at precisely the wrong time of the season.
Anytime Goalscorer Odds – Manchester United Players
Romelu Lukaku2.62 Marcus Rashford2.75 Alexis Sanchez2.87 Paul Pogba3.30
Where the Game Will Be Won for Arsenal
It doesn’t matter who you are playing; a home tie is the dream for any manager when it comes to the FA Cup.
But not only will Unai Emery have at least half a mind on qualifying for the Champions League, but he will also be fully aware that his team is just not performing of late.
They cruised past lower-league Blackpool in the third round, but Manchester United is a different proposition altogether, and it will be interesting to see if the Spanish manager goes for the same blend of youth and experience as he did at Bloomfield Road.
Teenager Joe Willock scored twice in the 3-0 victory in the last round, and it could be the youngsters that once again come through if Arsenal is to progress.
Aaron Ramsey is also vital to whether the Gunners manage to knock out United. The Welsh midfielder has already finalized a summer move to Italian giant Juventus, and fans of the player will be struggling to understand how the club has allowed one of their most highly talented stars to leave the club.
Ramsey may want one last trophy from his time in England, however, and his play in the middle of the pitch will be all important for Arsenal’s chances of going through to the next round.
Anytime Goalscorer Odds – Arsenal Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang2.40 Alexandre Lacazette2.50 Aaron Ramsey3.75 Joe Willock4.50
My Manchester United vs. Arsenal Picks
Manchester United is playing a completely different brand of soccer than earlier in the season, and as Unai Emery struggles to keep his team in the hunt for a Champions League spot, it is the visitors who I fancy to go through from this tie.
The Solskjaer bounce has мейд it hard to see United losing matches – something that has not been the case for a while now, even before Mourinho took over.
Neither manager will want to have to fit a replay into their busy upcoming schedules, so I’m going for Manchester United to win at the Emirates.
PICKManchester United to Win2.62
Both sides chose their backup goalkeepers in their third-round matches, and as experienced as both Petr Cech and Sergio Romero are, their lack of game minutes must surely have an effect on their ability to play at the highest level.
For that reason, I can see a few goals scored at the Emirates on Friday, and with recognized starters Aubameyang and Lacazette possibly only getting on from the bench, that leaves others in the Arsenal side to find the goals.
It seems unlikely that the 19-year-old Willock will be able to repeat his third-round heroics against more talented opposition, so it could be Aaron Ramsey’s free kicks that do the damage for the Gunners.
The anytime goalscorer price of 3.75 seems to be the value bet here.
PICKAaron Ramsey Anytime Goalscorer3.75
It’s a shame that the FA Cup – once a much-revered competition – has fallen down the pecking order for today’s top clubs.
But fixtures like this one are able to raise the excitement levels once again.
It may not be the most important game of the season for either Arsenal or Manchester United, but for 90 minutes, we should see some real cup passion on display. And placing a few wagers is a great way to make watching the game even more exciting.
Whether you choose to follow my picks or not, I wish you the best of luck in your betting endeavors!
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