Kick-off: 1955, 25/01/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BBC One
The two most successful teams in FA Cup history clash when Arsenal host Manchester United in the pick of this season’s fourth-round ties.
This trophy has been lifted 13 times by the Gunners, while the Red Devils can boast 12 triumphs, four more than the next best records.
A fierce battle is on the cards, but Unai Emery’s side have generally been superb at home this term and they get the nod at 3/2 in our initial Arsenal vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal are unbeaten at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League since losing to Manchester City in the opening round of fixtures and were impressive when beating Chelsea 2-0 here last Saturday.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny earned the Gunners a deserved win, their ninth top-flight victory at this venue.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka declared on the club website: “We showed amazing character and team spirit.
“We said before the game that if you don’t fight and you don’t win the duels, then it will be difficult because Chelsea have a good team.
“But you can see that if we always play like this, then we can beat whoever we want.”
The one down side was a knee injury to Hector Bellerin, which could keep him out for up to nine months.
That will hurt the Gunners at the back, but we still like 3/1 for a home win and both teams to score from the Arsenal vs Man Utd odds.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is pushing for a first start of the campaign and Petr Cech will be keen to play in goal.
Bellerin joins former United pair Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle) and Rob Holding (knee) on the injury list.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Obviously, United can’t be underestimated following a fine run of seven straight wins under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, the vast majority of those triumphs came against moderate opposition and the Red Devils needed an inspired display from David De Gea to come through their one daunting test away to Tottenham.
There were a few late jitters in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Brighton at Old Trafford after Pascal Gross responded to a Paul Pogba penalty and Marcus Rashford’s excellent effort.
“We made it more difficult than it should have been the last 20 minutes, because up until then I thought we played some great stuff at times,” said Solskjaer.
United have clearly improved going forward since Jose Mourinho’s departure, but we’re yet to be convinced by their quality at the back, especially with De Gea expected to be rested.
Spurs opened them up on a number of occasions and could have prevailed with more clinical finishing, while the Gunners suffered a similar misfortune here last season.
If Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are let loose, though, we reckon 9/1 for a 2-1 home win is worth adding to our Arsenal vs Man Utd betting tips this time.
Alexis Sanchez will feature for United against his former club after recovering from a hamstring strain, but Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined.
Antonio Valencia, Scott McTominay and Matteo Darmian have not travelled to London and Chris Smalling isn’t quite ready after a foot complaint, but Luke Shaw is back from illness.
ARSENAL 2-0 Chelsea – Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny
MAN UTD 2-1 Brighton – Paul Pogba (pen), Marcus Rashford
Head-to-head: Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal, Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd, Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal
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