Manchester United have been the dominant force in their most recent fixtures with Arsenal and there is little evidence that this will change as the pair prepare to clash at Old Trafford in the sixth round of the FA Cup.
Home advantage could be critical for Manchester United and Ladbrokes offer the best price that they beat Arsenal in the FA Cup betting odds at 1/1.
Manchester United have won five of the last six meetings between the pair, while they have kept clean sheets in the last three clashes to have taken place in the FA Cup.
Furthermore, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have enjoyed a week off while Arsenal were in Champions League action and there is every chance that they will be in the wrong mental state coming into the game, particularly after the manner of their exit to Barcelona.
The other argument is that Arsenal will have a point to prove following this defeat and will be massively up for the game as they attempt to avoid another trophyless season, although they will be without Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal’s betting odds are 11/4 to beat Manchester United, while the draw that would secure Arsenal’s third replay in this season’s competition is priced at 12/5.
Margin Of Victory
The majority of the latest meetings between Manchester United and Arsenal have tended to be tight and the FA Cup clash should continue to follow this pattern.
Five of the last eight showdowns have been won by a single-goal margin, with Manchester United triumphing on four of these occasions.
It is 11/4 in the FA Cup betting that Manchester United reach the semi-finals courtesy of a victory by a one-goal margin, with Arsenal 9/2 to win on the same terms.
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