Manchester United at Arsenal is without a doubt the blockbuster match-up of the FA Cup fourth round, and the standout game of the weekend in English football. It’s a grand old fixture as the two sides have met 228 times previously. Like all great rivalries it’s very balance. United have emerged victorious 89 times in the series while Arsenal have claimed 82 victories.
The last meeting was a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford in early December which ended in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal have won 12 of their last 13 FA Cup matches against fellow top flight teams. The last loss came against Watford in 2015-16.
Let’s take a look at who Unai Emery might select in his first team on Friday
The Bank Arsenal FC Predicted line-up (3-4-3) vs Manchester United FA Cup 4th Round
Attack: Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Midfield: Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka,
Back line: Laurent Koscielny, Sokraitis, Shkodran Mustafi, Stephan Lichtsteiner
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Manchester United at Arsenal FC FA Cup 4th Round FYIs
Kickoff: Friday, January 25, 755 pm local, Emirates Stadium
Starting XI Predictions: Manchester United
Injury Report for both sides: go to this link
Odds via Betfair: Manchester United win 17/10, Draw 5/2, Arsenal win 8/5
Prediction: Manchester United 3, Arsenal 2
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation.
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