Another day, another cup loss for Arsenal
Both these sides will be looking to bounce back from bad weeks when they meet for this FA Cup Quarter final clash at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Man United lost to bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend to put their title bid back in the balance whilst Arsenal's quadruple bid has shrunk to just a dream of a domestic double in the space of two weeks after losing to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final before crashing out of Europe at the hands of the mighty Barcelona.
Man United are 19/20 to bounce back make the Wembley semi-final by winning at Old Trafford, it's 5/2 that a replay at the Emirates is required and a tempting 11/4 that Arsenal get through by winning in Manchester.
The Red Devils are 3/1 to complete a domestic double, whilst Arsenal are 7/1. United still have ambitions of completing a treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League), that is a 25/1 shot.
The games between these sides are always hotly contested. Few will forget the infamous 21 man brawl at Old Trafford back in 1990 when both teams were deducted points and in more recent times the battles between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira which were the big talking points of the game. If you fancy another fiery encounter our Match Winner special of 7/2 for a red card looks too good to miss.
Despite Arsenal feeling aggrieved by some dodgy refereeing decisions at The Nou Camp, they were comprehensively outplayed and the 3-1 scoreline probably flattered them slightly. If you fancy them to be on the wrong end of another beating you can back United to win by 2 or more goals at odds of 5/2.
However, United aren't at their best and their performance at Anfield where they were poor throughout will give their fans and backers cause for concern. That came on the back of defeat to Chelsea and they will be looking at this match as one to get their season back on track.
One bright spot for them though has been the goalscoring form of Javier Hernandez in recent weeks. He could well start the game and the 5/1 he scores first looks worthy of an investment.
Checking out the OPTA stats can always help you when looking for some good value. They show that United have only conceded eight goals in their last fifteen FA Cup matches at Old Trafford. They are 13/10 to keep a clean sheet and 21/10 to be the only team to score.
Wayne Rooney missed a penalty when these sides met in the League in December. It's 11/1 that a penalty is awarded and missed in this one.
The score that day was 1-0 to United. It's 6/1 for a repeat of that scoreline whilst you back one nil to the Arsenal at odds of 10/1.
One of the lesser known markets is that you can now pair up players in a first scorer bet. For example, you can bet either Rooney or Hernandez to hit the first goal at 15/8.
I expect both sides to be quite cagey given their recent disappointments and that should lead to a tight game. I would go for under 1.5 goals at 12/5 and 1-0 to United at odds of 6/1. For the more ambitious punter the scorecast of Hernandez to score first in that 1-0 win is priced at a whopping 30/1.
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