This coming weekend, the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place. What that means is that the Premier League will take a back seat this weekend. Notwithstanding, some Premier League clubs will still be in action during the weekend.
Manchester City, after qualifying for the final of the EFL Cup, will be up against Burnley. Chelsea and their new striker, Gonzalo Higuain, will welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Stamford Bridge. Wolves, West Ham, Everton, Watford, are some of the teams that will be playing away games.
Of all the 16 games to be played, the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United is the one to watch. Since both sides got drawn against each other, football fans have been counting down. And now that the game is upon us, several questions are being asked:
- Will Arsenal be the first side to inflict defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
- Will there be a win in this first leg or will a replay be necessary?
- How important is this competition to both sides? Is it important to start major names?
The last question is what will largely determine the result of this game. As much as magic is attached to cup games, most managers usually field a second-string side. Case study is Liverpool in the third round of this competition. In a bid to “prioritize,” Jurgen Klopp rested his major players and, in the end, got eliminated.
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For the Gunners, they will be boosted by their victory over Chelsea last weekend.
That was their fourth win in their previous nine competitive games. This kind of form comes with mixed feelings. But Unai Emery will be confident in Arsenal’s home record this season.
Arsenal has only lost twice in their 18 matches across all competitions. They have scored twice in 11 of those 18 games. This is a testament to how solid they are upfront.
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The other side of this game has a Manchester United side that has been rejuvenated by Ole Gunar Solskjaer. Since his arrival, United has been on a winning run. Seven games played, seven games won, with five being won by a margin of 2+ goals.
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The history between both sides shows that you can expect a lot of goals in this game. Both teams scored in the last three games as there were over 2,5 goals scored. Manchester United has defeated Arsenal three times in their last six meetings.
But this is a game in a cup competition notorious for its magic. Which team will emerge from this one victorious? What will be your prediction for this one? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.