Arsenal vs Manchester United – Betting Tips & Predictions – 25/01

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021

Arsenal and Manchester United clash this Friday night at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup in front of the live BBC TV cameras. With United in such indomitable form currently, having won their last seven games in all competitions, Arsenal face a stern test. The Gunners will be glad that they have got home advantage for this game, given the momentum that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has generated since being appointed as United gaffer in December.
Since the Norwegian took over, United have looked an entirely different team, with players like Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba rediscovering the form that made them international players.
Arsenal head into the game on the back of a fine 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at the weekend, a result which will have given Unai Emery and his team some confidence.

Arsenal vs Manchester United Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

Our prediction for this game is that United’s winning run under Solskjaer will finally come to an end, with the Gunners beating the Red Devils 2-1 in a thrilling contest. We predict an old-fashioned FA Cup thriller in front of the Friday night floodlights, with the momentum of the same switching back and forth throughout. In the end, though, we suspect that home advantage, and the chance to get one over on their old rivals, will give Arsenal the edge they need to win a close game, possibly with a late goal.

Our recommended tip: Arsenal, both score

Our featured tip for this FA Cup fourth round tie comes from Coral. They are offering odds of 3/1 on Arsenal to win and both teams to score. This looks a good bet, as it ties in with our prediction of a 2-1 victory for the Gunners. It also gives you a little bit of flexibility when it comes to the scoreline, though. There is a huge array of possible scorelines that give you a chance of winning when it comes to this bet, and we do anticipate that there will be a few goals scored on Friday evening, with both teams finding the net.

Previous matches

These two old foes have played each other on 228 previous occasions in all competitions in their history. Arsenal have won 82 of those games, United have won 98, and there have been 48 draws. There have been some famous FA Cup clashes between the teams, with the 1979 FA Cup final, which the Gunners won 3-2, being considered a classic. Their last FA Cup meeting was in the sixth round at Old Trafford in 2015, when Arsenal won 2-1.
Their last meeting was in the Premier League in December, when the two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

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Players to watch: Alexandre Lacazette & Marcus Rashford

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette enjoyed a fine game in last weekend’s victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. The Frenchman opened the scoring for the Gunners after just 14 minutes. Oddly, he has completed 90 minutes just once since November 11. Perhaps more significantly, he has also scored eight goals, and provided five assists, in his 14 Premier League games in 2018/19. United will need to keep a close eye on the French forward on Friday evening.
Marcus Rashford has looked like a new player since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in the Old Trafford dugout. Perhaps the Norwegian’s own experience as a forward has helped Rashford find his confidence. Now playing as the team’s main front man, being the focal point of the attack seems to suit Rashford’s attributes as a player. Rashford netted his eighth goal in 10 games at the weekend, with his curling effort in the win over Brighton.

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