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It might take a replay to separate Arsenal and Man United in the FA Cup

It might take a replay to separate Arsenal and Man United in the FA Cup


Arsenal versus Manchester United looks the pick of the FA Cup 4th Round ties this weekend. How do you see that one going?

Really interesting tie. If you’d asked me after Arsenal’s game at West Ham, I’d have said they had no chance against United in the form they’re in. But then Arsenal went and put in that showing against Chelsea. They seem to perform better against better teams, especially at the Emirates where they’ve also beaten Spurs and drawn with Liverpool.

United are flying at the moment and Solskjaer will be loving the prospect of a big cup tie. The likes of Rashford and Pogba are on fire and they’ve forgotten what it feels like not to win right now.

I don’t see either side changing too much from their strongest available elevens and I think this’ll be a cracking game to watch. But I also think the tie might be decided in a replay at Old Trafford, with this one ending in a draw.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United, Draw and BTTS – 29/10
Arsenal vs. Manchester United, +2.5 goals – 20/33

Three Premier League sides face trips to lower league opposition on Saturday. Any upsets on the cards there?

Everton at Millwall looks the most likely of the three for me. The New Den is always a hostile place to go and for the evening kick-off there will be a lively atmosphere and Millwall will definitely be up for the scalp.

You can’t really ever be sure which Everton will show up. They’ve been very hit and miss this season and I still think they’re missing a quality striker. But all that said, you’d think Marco Silva will pick a strong side for this one and if they play to their potential they should have too much for the Championship strugglers.

Wolves at Shrewsbury might look like a classic banana skin but after they put out Liverpool, Wolves have really got to get the job done in this one as well and get themselves in the Quarter Finals. They’re comfortable in the league and should feel like they can have a real go at the FA Cup. Shrewsbury did brilliantly to knock out Stoke in the last round but I fancy Wolves to end their run.

And the same goes for West Ham. There’s no reason why Manuel Pellegrini should rotate too many, this is a great chance for him to win over some more of the West Ham fans by getting the club into the latter stages of the tournament. I think AFC will have other priorities and the Hammers can go there and win well.

Everton, Wolves and West Ham all to win – 13/5


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Ray Parlour Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Romford Pele’, Ray is one of football’s great characters. In a career which saw him make nearly 500 senior appearances, he won numerous honours including three Premier Leagues and three FA Cups, as well as representing his country 10 times. Part of Arsenal’s invincibles during a 12 year stay with the Gooners, Ray is now a regular on talkSPORT radio.