By Maryam Naz
24th January 2019
Arsenal will be facing a resurgent Manchester United side in this Friday’s fourth-round FA Cup tie. The Red Devils are currently operating in a rich vein of form under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but can they be undone by Unai Emery’s men?
Arsenal vs Man United: odds and predictions
The Gunners are betting as 6/4 favourites in our Arsenal vs Man United predictions and betting tips, with Solskjaer’s soldiers trading as a 17/10 pick, and the odds about a draw forecast at 5/2.
Given that the Red Devils have only lost one of their last 14 FA Cup fourth round ties, the odds are stacked against Arsenal.
Despite the fact that they’re on the back of triumphant victory over fellow title contenders Chelsea, they will have to graft if they’re to secure another home win.
But considering that Emery’s men face a Cardiff City side languishing at the bottom of the Premier League on Tuesday, they can afford to play some of their big guns.
The likes of Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will all be relishing the chance to put the brakes on Solksjaer’s winning start, and while the two sides were inseparable in their previous clash in the Premier League, this Friday’s tie looks to be shaping up as a different ballgame altogether.
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Arsenal vs Man United match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Arsenal to win 2-1, odds betting @ 8/1
The first of our Arsenal vs Man United predictions and betting tips expect Emery’s men to emerge with a narrow win over their red-devilled counterparts.
Despite the fact that both teams are coming off winning highs, the Gunners edge our projections with the firepower present in their attacking front three.
An interesting stat for FA Cup perusers is that Arsenal have gone on to win the competition in the previous three seasons where they have knocked out Manchester United, so a victory this Friday night could be a decisive factor in securing a trophy this season.
Best bet: Red card to be awarded, forecast @ 7/2
There’s been a red card awarded in five of the last eight FA Cup games between Arsenal and Man United – three for the Gunners and two for Solskjaer’s men.
Given the track record for players being sent off in this fixture, it’ll come to no surprise that the second of our Arsenal vs Man United predictions and betting tips expect a similar altercation to ensue.
Now, while the likes of Jose Reyes and Nelson Vivas might not be present to grace the game with their gung-ho style of play, players like Ander Herrera and Shkodran Mustafi have proven that they will not hold back when tackling.
Predicted scorer: Alex Iwobi our pick to score first @ 10/1
The last of our Arsenal vs Man United predictions make Alex Iwobi the pick of the first goalscorer odds, given his performances in the last round of the FA Cup, where his goal secured the Gunners three points against Brentford.
Indeed, Iwobi’s pace and skill on the counter could be the decisive factor in undoing a United defence that has previously struggled with speedy forwards (See Mo Salah).
Given the right time and space and the young English International will certainly look to fire a barrage of shots at David De Gea’s goal, and we’re forecasting one to slip past the Spanish keeper, with the odds forecast at 10/1.
Arsenal vs Man United: stats
- There have been 14 previous FA Cup ties between Arsenal and Man Utd, eliminating each other seven times apiece (including final victories). Neither side have been knocked out by another more often in the competition’s history.
- This is only the third time Arsenal have hosted Man Utd in the FA Cup – they’ve won the previous two matches, winning 5-0 in January 1937 and 2-1 in February 1988.
- Man Utd’s Juan Mata has been involved in 11 goals in 10 FA Cup starts against Premier League opposition (3 goals, 8 assists).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.