It’s FA Cup Quarter-finals weekend and the clash between Manchester United and Arsenal tops the bill, with Aston Villa and WBA, Liverpool and Blackburn, and Bradford and Reading the supporting cast.
Read all our quarter-final analysis and football betting tips below.
The last FA Cup clash between the two teams was in 2011 when Manchester United triumphed 2-0. It was a similar story in 2008 when United won 4-0. United have also dominated their Premier League homes games against Arsenal, winning the last 5. This season’s home form is extremely solid too and they’ve won their last four and nine of their last ten.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be hoping that their current away form, won four of their last five, stands them in good stead – especially their 2-0 defeat of United’s neighbours Manchester City.
However, United’s dominance of this fixture may just unnerve Arsenal – and United are fancied to come out on top.
United @ 6/4 (various)
Bradford vs Reading (Saturday)
At least one none-Premier League team will make the FA Cup semi-finals this year and either Bradford or Reading will make an appearance at Wembley Stadium come April. The betting for the quarter-final between the two teams is tight with 1st Division Bradford favourites a best priced 13/8 to beat their Championship rivals with the draw 23/10 and Reading 19/10.
The two teams haven’t met in the FA Cup before and haven’t clashed at all for over 10 years. Their current form is also hard to equate – and it’s purely a gut feeling that Bradford will reach the semis. Come on, they certainly deserve to having beaten Chelsea.
Bradford at 13/8 (Various)
The teams last clashed in the FA Cup in 1975, but this is a great opportunity for one of the two Midlands clubs to at least reach the final, and both will be desperate to give their fans something to cheer about.
Villa have won their last two games against the Baggies, whilst WBA won 1-0 when they hosted Villa in December.
Perhaps the most interesting statistic is though is the fact that both teams have scored in their last 6 clashes at Villa Park – and you can get even-money it happens again.
Both teams to score @ even-money (Corals, Hills, Betfair Sportsbook)
Liverpool vs Blackburn
Blackburn beat Liverpool 1-0 in the last renewal of this fixture in 1999, and managed a draw last time they travelled to Anfield in 2011. However, Liverpool had won their previous four home games against Blackburn.
Blackburn also haven’t won away in the Championship since October, whilst Liverpool have won their last five homes games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
The big-hitters look sure to pile into Liverpool at 1/3 – but the 11/10 that Liverpool win to nil offers better value.
Liverpool to win to nil @ 11/10 (Sporting Bet)