Only two goals were scored in the three FA Cup quarter finals this weekend as Arsenal prepare to visit Old Trafford.
Both goals were scored by Aston Villa surprisingly, proving you just cannot predict anything in the FA Cup! After two dull draws at Bradford and Liverpool, surely the game tonight will be worth waiting for?
Full time result
Man United have a far superior record over Arsenal in recent years than any of their top rivals, and they are expected to continue their decent home form with progression tonight. Just one win over United in 15 games suggests Wenger’s boys falter in the Red Devils’ cauldron, and the bookies consider the current holders as underdogs.
A United win, however poorly they have been in recent weeks, is likely, although Arsenal may be content to take the tie back to the Emirates where they feel more comfortable. With that in mind, backing a United win/draw would provide some safety if Wenger decides to park the bus.
Opting for an away win might offer good value, but going for Arsenal on the Asian Handicap market might be the real winner. Even with a draw you’d be in profit!
Both sides to score?
Despite the lack of goals this weekend, the stats suggest that tonight’s game could break that trend. Five of the last seven meetings between these two would have seen winners in this market, and a look at the league game at the Emirates earlier in the season shows why this would be a clever bet.
Arsenal dominated as United had David De Gea to thank for another extraordinary display. The Gunners eventually scored however through Olivier Giroud, and if they create the same amount of chances tonight then they should do so again. United managed to win the game however, showing how susceptible Arsenal’s defence can be. Monaco caught Arsenal asleep at times and nothing suggests the Gunners will tighten up considerably more for another big game.
With Giroud, Sanchez and Welbeck, Arsenal would be hard pushed not to score when all three are firing. On the other hand, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie do tend to notch against Arsenal, meaning another scoreless draw would be the freak result, right?
Late goals are nothing new to United who lived for stoppage time under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Louis van Gaal appears to have continued that trend. Five of United’s last six games have seen a late strike, with Ashley Young putting one away in the 89th minute on Wednesday at Newcastle.
Arsenal meanwhile have conceded late in three of their previous four against Palace, Monaco and QPR. Going for a goal after 81 minutes would have paid out in Arsenal’s last four games!