Two of England’s most storied clubs, Arsenal & Manchester United, meet here in this FA Cup Quarterfinals match in a game where the +200 Soccer odds on the underdog Gunners is too much to pass on.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal Odds Overview
Monday 19:45 (Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports GO (USA); 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT):
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, the FA Cup, the oldest association football competition in the world where this fortunate—or maybe unfortunate draw depending on how one looks at it—sees two historic clubs doing battle in the Quarterfinals—or Sixth Round Proper is you’re sipping tea—on Monday at historic Old Trafford as Arsenal and Manchester United play to see who get to make the trip to Wembley for the Semifinals (April 18/19) and stay in contention for a little silverware.
Soccer odds makers have made host Manchester United +137 favorites with Arsenal at an enticing +200 as the underdog and the Draw priced at +240 (bet365) in the Three-Way (Winner) market. The Total Goals in this match is set at 2½ with the Over juiced at -117 and the Under at -105 (bet365) while the The Both Teams To Score odds here have the Yes priced at -137 with the No set at +105 (Ladbrokes). Two random proposition wagers for this game: To Qualify: Manchester United -125, Arsenal -110 (William Hill); and, Team To Score First: Manchester United -125, Arsenal +110, No Goals +1100 (Sky Bet).
Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal are the second-hottest team form-wise in the English Premier League right now, earning 15 of a possible 18 points in its L6 games (5-0-1) and moving into third place in the league table ahead of, you guessed it, this Manchester United lot. Much of the Gunners success this season can be attributed to the acquisition of Alexis Sánchez (12 goals EPL, Anytime Goalscorer, -175, bet365), who, along with French striker Olivier Giroud (9 goals, +187), give Arsenal two dynamic scorers on a team actually dripping with talent. Santi Cazorla (7 goals, +333), Danny Welbeck (4 goals, +187), speedy Theo Walcott (2 goals, +260), Mesut Özil (3 goals, +400), Aaron Ramsey (3 goals, +350, Sky Bet), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (+400), Tomáš Rosický (+450) and Jack Wilshere (+700) give wenger a plethora of players to put out there in all competitions and lately this often up-and-down club is starting to really gel. In goal, the Gunners have David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny to work with, and the defense has been pretty good this last month or so although Arsenal currently trails AS Monaco on aggregate (3-1) heading into Leg 2 (March 17 in Monaco) of their UEFA Champions League Knockout Round of 16 series after being upset by Les Rouges et Blancs (The Red and Whites) in North London in Leg 1.
On Wednesday at Loftus Road in London in English Premier League play, Arsenal defeated host QPR in a derby, 2-1 as those two guys—Sánchez and Giroud—scored for the Gunners in the second half before the Hoops Charlie Austin tallied for QPR.
Manchester United FC
The big news heading in here will be the availability of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie (10 goals EPL), and last week Red Devils Manager Louis van Gaal hinted the fellow Dutchman would probably miss this game against his former teammates as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. So, teammate Wayne Rooney (10 goals, Anytime Goalscorer +175, bet365) will have to try to play Superman for United here and hopefully the little Englishman can get some help from underachieving guys like Radamel Falcao (4 goals, +187), Ángel Di María (3 goals, +275) and Juan Mata (5 goals, +275) who all should be doing more. Ashley Young (+600), James Wilson (+220), Marouane Fellaini (3 goals, +450), Chris Smalling (3 goals, +1600) and Ander Herrera (3 goals, +550) have come through for the Red Devils, but here against a red-hot Arsenal club, United will have its work cut out for them and the Gunners are playing better as a unit than the hosts.
The Red Devils defeated Yeovil Town (Third Round), Cambridge United (Fourth Round) and Preston North End to get to this point. In their last game on Wednesday in English Premier League Week 28 action, Manchester United was fortunate to escape with a 1-0 win on the Geordie Shore against Newcastle United as Ashley Young scored his first goal for the Red Devils in 400 days. So, he was obviously due. And, sometimes it’s good to be Young.
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The last time these two met in the FA Cup was actually in the Quarterfinals, four years ago back in 2010/2011—Manchester United won 2-0—and the Red Devils lead Arsenal 6-2-4 (17 GF-12 GA) in all FA Cup meetings and are 4-0-2 (11 GF-6 GA) here at Old Trafford. Overall in all competitions, Manchester United is 82-45-67 (294 GF-262 GA). When these two met earlier in the Premier League season at the Emirates Stadium in North London on Nov. 22, the Red Devils beat Arsenal, 2-1 as Manchester United took a 1-0 lead in the Second Half on a Kieran Gibbs Own Goal before Rooney gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the 85-minute mark. Giroud talled for Arsenal late (5+) in Injury Time for the 2-1 final scoreline, breaking the hearts of Under bettors from here to Newfoundland.
Here against Manchester United, place your soccer picks expecting the Gunners to push the pace and care little that the game is in Red Mancunia. The possible absence of van Persie looms large and the Gunners will be happy the gritty Ramsey is back and with Sánchez and Giroud, Arsenal looks to have the better scoring options up top. Granted, Red Devils GK David De Gea is playing some really good football, but with LvG having trouble settling on consistent starting XIs and the team feeling the fans’ seemingly constant angst, Arsenal as a +200 underdog provides some extreme value here on Monday at Old Trafford and with United likely getting a goal from Rooney or Young or someone, this also looks good on the BTTS front and betting Gunners Road Overs is usually a pretty fun thing. Vaya con Arsène mis amigos.
PREDICTED FINAL: Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2
FA CUP PICKS: Arsenal +200, Over 2½ -137 (Bet365), Both Teams To Score Yes -137 (Ladbrokes)