The quarter finals of the FA Cup was made on Monday evening. The final game of the fifth round saw Manchester United take what was a comfortably easy away win at Chelsea. That was a repeat of last season’s FA Cup Final line up, with Chelsea prevailing. So the holders are out and Manchester United are now running as second favourites to lift this season’s title.
Man City 4/5
Man Utd 10/3
Crystal Palace 14/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 18th, 2019 at 10:32 pm)
Manchester United are 10/3 to win the FA Cup this season* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 18th, 2019 at 10:32 pm). Having played away at Arsenal and then Chelsea in the last two rounds, once again they’ll be back out on the road against Premier League opposition. United go to Wolves in the final eight.
Their rivals Manchester City remain the favourites to win outright at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 18th, 2019 at 10:32 pm). The Citizens are also out on the road in the quarterfinals, making a trip to south Wales to face Championship side Swansea.
Swansea are one of two Championship sides left in the competition along with Millwall. Manchester United and Manchester United are the only two from the so-called Big Six of English football to remain in the competition.
Swansea v Man City
Watford v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Man Utd
Millwall v Brighton
Ties to be played March 15-17
19th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Only six Premier League sides entered the fifth round. Another one will definitely fall before the quarter-finals because of this top clash. It’s another tough game for Man Utd who have already had to deal with Arsenal in the competition. Chelsea certainly haven’t been without their problems recently but they get home advantage. Read our Chelsea v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 13th, 2019 at 3:34 a.m.)
This is the big one then of the FA Cup fifth round. Both sides and were in European action in midweek so had an extra workload ahead of this tie. The form of Chelsea hasn’t been particularly consistent and on the domestic front, they have taken a W4 L4 record in their last eight games across all competitions. It is worth noting that most of their problems have been away from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are on a five-match winning streak on home soil, unbeaten in six there. Chelsea have also scored at least two goals in each of their last five home games.
From a defensive perspective, Chelsea have taken four clean sheets in their last six fixtures at Stamford Bridge. Will they be able to put it together on home soil? Overall this season, Chelsea have only lost one home game in all competitions, a Premier league defeat against Leicester back in December. It has been a fairly comfortable ride for Chelsea in the FA Cup so far this season, having taken back-to-back wins over Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. Both of those Cup wins were with a clean sheet. Chelsea have produced good Cup form this season, having reached the final of the EFL Cup.
Manchester United have been to Stamford Bridge once already this season, playing out a 2-2 draw in the Premier League meeting back in August. This is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final which Chelsea took a 1-0 victory in. Things are even though in the last five meetings with two wins each and a draw between them. Manchester United had their first taste of defeat under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as PSG beat them in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday. United did pick up a couple of injuries in the game to a couple of their speedy forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Manchester United have great away form behind them having won each of their last six fixtures away from Old Trafford. The large part of the early season they were struggling defensively on the road, but they have now taken four clean sheets in their last five away games. They passed a big test in the last round of the FA Cup as they were out on the road at Arsenal, Manchester United prevailing by a 3-1 scoreline. The Red Devils had opened their account with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Reading in the third round. With their Champions League campaign looking in major jeopardy, and little chance at the Premier League title, the Red Devils have every reason to go hard at this big FA Cup tie at Chelsea.
Tough game to call. But frankly Manchester United look to have more about them pushing forward and they are taking on a fragile Chelsea defence. Away win.
15th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
When this tie came out of the draw, Manchester United weren’t in great shape under Jose Mourinho. Things have changed and the Red Devils are in a strong, confident, positive frame of mind at the moment. They will also be taking on a PSG side who are missing talisman Neymar. Read our Manchester United v PSG betting tips for more.
Man Utd 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)
Life is continuing to go well for the Red Devils who picked up another league win on the weekend. This will actually be the first ever competitive meeting between United and PSG. Manchester United only qualified in second place in their group behind Juventus. It wasn’t a comfortable ride for them at all. Last season Manchester United were knocked out at this stage by Sevilla. In the second leg of that tie, United lost 2-1 at home, ending a 21-match unbeaten run of home form in Europe.
United have lost two for their last three home games at this stage of the Champions League. During the group stage, they went W1 D1 L1 at Old Trafford. Manchester United have lost only lost five of their last 26 European games (W16 D5). Against French sides in two-legged affairs, United have won six of seven. The Reds are on a three-match winning streak at home against French sides. Their overall home record against French sides is W10 D3 L0. They have won ten of their last eleven games in all competitions now, scoring in each of their last seventeen.
PSG have lost Neymar to a long term injury, and on the weekend, Edinson Cavani picked up a knock which could keep him out of this tie. PSG topped their group, a competitive group it was as well, beating out Liverpool and Napoli along the way, finishing with a W3 D2 L1 record. PSG have gone out at this stage in their last two Champions League campaign. They hold an overall W4 L2 record in round of sixteen two-legged ties in the competition. They have won three of their six previous two-legged knockout ties against English sides.
PSG have scored in each of their last 22 Champions League games and against Liverpool in the group stage, they lost 3-2 at Anfield before winning 2-1 back on home soil. That home win was their first win over an English side in six (D3 L2). The French champions have only ever won one game in England, which was at Chelsea in 2016, part of an overall W1 D4 L5 record in England. They have beaten English opponents twice at this stage of the Champions League, both times against Chelsea in 2014/15 and in 2015/16. PSG have won nine of their last eleven games in all competitions (L2) and have scored 31 goals in that sequence.
There has to be a good opportunity here for Manchester United to get something going on home soil in this tie. PSG aren’t at their strongest and have a pretty poor record in England. Manchester United to win.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Fulham are still in dire straights in the relegation zone, kicking things off on the weekend eight points from safety. That’s a tremendous amount of ground to make up and getting anything out of Manchester United may not be easy. The Red Devils got back to winning ways last weekend with a victory over Leicester. Read our Fulham v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 4/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 5th, 2019 at 11:38 p.m.)
Fulham suffered a comprehensive 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace last time out and remain in heaps of trouble. That is four defeats in their last five games played now (W1). They have won two of their last three home games though, so that is positive. Those wins were over Huddersfield and Brighton. The Cottagers have a home record of W4 D3 L5 this season and none of the four wins in that sequence have been against any side in the top half of the table. Fulham are actually P8 L8 against sides currently in the top six this season (home and away).
Fulham have scored 17 home goals, conceding 23. A third of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. The Cottagers are on a four-match scoring streak at home, helping them to a W2 D1 L1 record in that sequence. So there has been an improvement from them. They only have one home clean sheet behind them this season. Fulham have the worst defensive record in this season’s top flight.
Fulham are winless in eleven matches against Man Utd (all competitions)
Five of the last six meeting have gone over 3.5 goals
United are on a three-match winning streak at Craven Cottage
Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings
Things are going swimmingly for Manchester United with a W7 D1 record in their last eight league games. The Red Devils picked up a hard-fought 1-0 win at Leicester last weekend. That was actually a big test of character for them. Each of their last three league victories have been by a one-goal margin only. United have taken a clean sheet in three of their last five games, each of those appearing in away fixtures.
Manchester United are on a four-match winning streak on their travels, with a clean sheet in each of their last three. Overall this season they have picked up a W7 D2 L4 record on their travels in the top flight. They are W3 D1 in their four away games played against current bottom six sides. Manchester United have scored in all thirteen away games this season and interestingly, of the goals they have conceded on their travels, 63% have been before the half time break.
Hard to see Fulham getting much change out of a confident Manchester United. The Red Devils look good value to collect a win. Fulham have to go for it so Man Utd to win & both teams to score.
7th February 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Leicester will be pretty happy with their return from Wednesday night as they collected a point from a draw at Anfield. That was after having fallen behind early in the game as well. Next up for them is another tough fixture as they welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium. The Red Devils dropped league points for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in midweek. Read our Leicester v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 5/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 29th, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
A point away at league leaders Liverpool is what Leicester took on Wednesday night. Liverpool had been heavily backed to ease past them. That was an important point for Leicester as well because they had lost their previous two league games, so that stopped the rot. They do need to try and turn around their home form because they have lost their last two Premier League fixtures at the King Power stadium, suffering one-goal margin defeats against Cardiff and then Southampton.
Overall this season Leicester have won just four home fixtures (D2 L5). Can they improve upon that as they play host to Manchester United on the weekend? It is three defeats in their last four home games that Foxes have suffered, but the other game in that sequence saw them pull off a tremendous 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
Less than half of Leicester’s home games this season in the top flight have made it over 2.5 goals, and that is because Leicester have been tight at the back. Only the current top four sides in the division have better defensive records in the top flight than Leicester do. Realistically their home form has been a bit of a disappointment this season overall. Of the goals which they have conceded at the King Power, 75% of them have happened in the first half of matches.
United were 2-1 winners at home against Leicester in August
The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last nine against Leicester in all competitions
Leicester are W1 D2 L1 in their last four home games against United
Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine EPL meetings
Manchester United saw their Premier League winning run come to an end on Tuesday night. They failed to make it seven in a row as they had to share the points with Burnley. It could have been a lot worse for the Red Devils as Burnley were 2-0 ahead with less than 5 mins on the clock at Old Trafford. But United managed to scrape out a couple of goals to get a point.
That means that they are unbeaten in seven, and they have lost just one of their last 12 EPL fixtures. While their winning streak at home came to an end, they are still on a three-match winning streak on their travels in the top flight currently. Overall this season Manchester United have a W6 D2 L4 away record.
The Red Devils have averaged just shy of two goals per away game this season and more than half of their road fixtures have finished over 3.5 goals. The last two wins at United have taken away from Old Trafford in the top flight have both been with a clean sheet as well. Those are two of just three clean sheets that Manchester United have earned on the road this term.
Both teams have scored in 75% Manchester United’s games away from Old Trafford. United have scored in all 12 away games this season, which has been a very good strong point for them. They have conceded 63% of their away goals in the second half of matches.
The Foxes are a team which blows hot and cold and they don’t offer a massive attacking threat. United look capable of handling themselves at the King Power in this one, but we would look at them to win & both teams to score.
1st February 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It’s pretty hard to say that the magic of the FA Cup has died. This season has been a tremendous tournament. The third round threw up a whole host of big cup upsets with top-flight sides taking a tumble. The upsets continued through the fourth round as well, with one of the biggest ones being produced by championship side Millwall who won a controversial home game against Everton.
Manchester City 7/5
Manchester United 9/2
Crystal Palace 11/1
Bristol city 66/1
West Brom 80/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 28, 2019, at 10:18 p.m.)
League One side AFC Wimbledon perhaps produced the biggest upset of all, as they collected a 4-2 home victory over West Ham. Another League One side Shrewsbury landed themselves in the fifth round draw after collecting a good home draw against. In a big, all Premier league clash, Crystal Palace came through as underdogs to beat Tottenham.
The highlight of the round was a heavyweight clash between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London. The Red Devils put on another great attacking show to put themselves through to the fifth round. Once again they will be involved in the headline act of this next round, where they face reigning champions, Chelsea.
Only six Premier League sides have made it through to the FA Cup fifth round, and only one more could join them. Brighton face a replay against Championship side West Brom.
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough or Newport County v Manchester City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Swansea v Barnet or Brentford
Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers v Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion or West Bromwich Albion v Derby County
The standout match of the fifth round of the FA Cup is pretty clear. It is Chelsea versus Manchester United. After having had to go up against Arsenal away from home in the last round, Manchester United are clearly have a tough road to get back to the final. Last season’s FA Cup final was between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Blues lifting the trophy thanks to a strike by Eden Hazard from the penalty spot.
Whoever gets through this big fifth round clash between Chelsea and Man Utd is going to be a strong contender to get their hands on the title, but it is Manchester City who are the 7/5 outright favourites to go all the way* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 28, 2019, at 10:18 p.m.).
Manchester City had no trouble in moving through their fourth-round tie which was at home against Burnley. They will be out on the road in the fifth round as they wait to see who they face. The Citizens will be against either Championship side Middlesbrough or League Two side Newport County. Barnet who are the lowest ranked side left in this season’s competition are still in there. They earned a dramatic 3-3 draw at home against Championship side Brentford on Monday night.
29th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Red Devils continued their winning ways with an FA Cup victory at Arsenal on Friday. It’s back to League business on Tuesday and their pursuit of a top finish. Will they be able to extend their current run of hot form by taking three points off the Clarets? Read our Manchester United v Burnley betting tips for more.
Manchester United 2/9
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 25th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
The Red Devils collected a 2-1 home win over Brighton in their last League fixture. While they had to grind a little bit in that one, they got the points which moved them onto a six-match winning streak in the top flight. It also left them with a hugely positive W7 D3 L1 home record in the Premier League this season. The victory over Brighton was their fourth straight Premier League home win and they are now undefeated in their last nine at Old Trafford. United have scored at least two goals in each of their last four at home in the League.
The Red Devils have averaged just over two goals per game at home this season and 82% of fixtures at Old Trafford have ended over 2.5 goals. There has still been only the one clean sheet earned by United at home this season. Both teams have scored in 82% of fixtures at Old Trafford. United are on a 10 match scoring streak in the League, home and away combined. In seven of their 11 home games so far Manchester United have been winning at the half-time break. United have conceded 71% of home goals in the second half of fixtures.
The Red Devils took a 2-0 win at Turf Moor earlier in the season
United are unbeaten in their last eight EPL games against the Clarets
Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings
Burnley have failed to score in five of their last seven against the Red Devils
Burnley are fighting tooth and nail to put some bigger distance between themselves and the relegation zone. They earned a point from a 0-0 draw at Watford in their last Premier League away game. That moves them onto a four-match undefeated streak of form in the top flight. Overall this season Burnley have just a W2 D3 L7 record away from Turf Moor in the EPL. Following a win over Huddersfield and then the draw at Watford, Burnley are undefeated in their last two away games. They had taken just one point from six road fixtures before that upturn in form.
Burnley have struggled in front of goal on their travels, totalling just the nine away goals all season. They have conceded at an average of 1.8 goals per away game. 33% of the away games and they have been involved in have ended over 3.5 goals and at times their defence has been a shambles. To their credit though they have taken a clean sheet in a quarter of their road fixtures. Burnley have been level at the half-time break in eight of their 12 away games. They have conceded 64% of away goals in the second half of fixtures. Just once have they opened the scoring in an away game this term.
The Red Devils have everything working well for them at the moment and they should have the power to see off the Clarets at Old Trafford. It should be a comfortable and routine home win for them. They can earn it with a clean sheet too.
28th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the highest profile match of the fourth round of the FA Cup which gets a Friday night billing. This has the potential of being a tremendous FA Cup tie with Arsenal carrying some fantastic home form behind them, but now they face Manchester United side who are on a hot winning streak. Read our Arsenal v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
The overall view of Arsenal’s current form is one of inconsistency. However, if you only focus on what they have been producing at home, then things look pretty good for them. Arsenal have won six of their last seven home fixtures across all competitions. Three of those six victories were with a clean sheet as well. The only game in that sequence which they did not win was against Spurs in the EFL cup. Arsenal were not have full strength for that game.
In their last three home games, Arsenal have tallied nine goals and that includes their important to nil home win over Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend. Arsenal took a 3-0 away victory at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup. They have already met with Manchester United once this season, playing out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. That meeting was just back at the start of December with Arsenal twice taking the lead in the game.
Key-Facts – Arsenal v Manchester United
The Red Devils have new confidence and momentum behind them and they have won two of their last three meetings with Arsenal (D1). However, Manchester United have been defeated in two of their last three visits to the Emirates Stadium. The Red Devils failed to score in two of those three games. The last FA Cup tie between these two was in 2015 and Manchester United suffered defeat at home in that one. However United are in great form at the moment as they have put together a seven-match winning streak in all competitions.
While there have been a couple of occasions, like last weekend against Brighton, that Manchester United have had to grind out results, they have found ways to get it done. United have conceded only one goal in their last four games and are on a three-match winning streak away from Old Trafford. Granted those are the only three wins in their last seven away games. Manchester United have taken back-to-back clean sheets away from home, the only two that they have earned in their last 11 road games.
The Red Devils have a big winning streak of form going, but all good things come to an end at some point. Arsenal have the attacking power and home form behind them to really pose a threat here and the home win does have appeal at 7/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
24th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It’s all smiles for Manchester United at the moment. They banked a huge three points with an away win at Spurs last weekend to continue their winning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Can they make it six EPL wins in a row as they face Brighton? The Seagulls suffered a 1-0 loss against Liverpool last weekend snapping a good three-match undefeated sequence. Read our Manchester United v Brighton betting tips for more.
Man Utd 2/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 14th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Red Devils secured a hugely important 1-0 away win at Spurs last weekend
That leaves them on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League
Manchester United’s home form in the top flight this season is at W6 D3 L1
The Red Devils are on a three-match winning at Old Trafford
They are current undefeated in their last eight league home games
They have netted at least two goals in each of their last four at Old Trafford in the EPL
The Red Devils have averaged over two goals per game at home this term
80% of league fixtures at Old Trafford have ended over 2.5 goals
Despite the brilliance of keeper David de Gea United have just one home clean sheet
They have conceded in each of their last four home fixtures
Of the goals that they have conceded on home soil, 69% have been in the second period of matches
The Red Devils have been leading at half time six home games (D3 L1)
Overall home and away they are on a nine-match scoring streak in the EPL
They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five league fixtures
The Seagulls pulled off a shock 3-2 home win over United in August
That is back to back league wins Brighton have earned over the Red Devils
United have won their last five home games against the Seagulls to nil (all competitions)
Both teams have scored in just two of the last eight meetings
Brighton suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool last weekend
That snapped a three-match undefeated streak of league form they were on
Overall this season on their top-flight travels Brighton are just W2 D2 L7
They have only tallied the nine goals on the road this season, conceding 18
The Seagulls have lost four of their last six on the road (W1 D1) in the EPL
Brighton don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last six road games
They have taken just the one clean sheet away from the Amex so far
Their half time record in away games this season is W1 D4 L6
Each of the six losses in that sequence were 1-0 half time score lines
Only three teams have collected fewer away points than Brighton have managed
Manchester United, given their newfound confidence, should be able to collect three points here. They look to be using their pace correctly going forward and Brighton probably aren’t going to have enough to stick in there. Manchester United to win to nil.
17th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Spurs are fully in the title race and another three points against one of the other top six would strengthen their chances. The Lilywhites have shown plenty of power and form this season, but then Manchester United seem to be on the up. They have won their last four on the bounce, but this will be their biggest test for a while. Read our Tottenham v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.)
The Lilywhites took a comfortable 3-0 away win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day
That is six wins in their last seven league games (L1)
Their home form for the season reads W6 D0 L3
Spurs lost their last home game 1-3 against Wolves
That snapped a four-match home winning streak that they were on
Spurs have averaged exactly two goals per EPL home game
They have conceded an average of exactly one goal per home game
67% of Tottenham’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals
Spurs have banked a clean sheet in a third of their home fixtures
Home and away they have four clean sheets in their last six EPL games
Spurs have been leading at halftime in six of their nine home games
They are currently on an eleven match scoring streak in the top flight
78% of the goals they have conceded at home have been after the half time break
Tottenham have opened the scoring in all but two of their home games
Spurs have the third-best offence and third-best defence in the EPL currently
Harry Kane is on a four-match scoring streak in the top flight
Tottenham produced a 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season
Spurs have won back to back league games to nil against United
United are on a three-match losing streak away at Spurs in the EPL
Both teams have scored in one of the last nine league meetings
Manchester United took a 2-0 away win at Newcastle on January 2nd
That was their fourth straight win in the top flight
Each of those four wins were against sides currently 12th or lower only though
The Red Devils have away form of W5 D2 L4 this season in the Premier League
Four of their five away wins have been at sides currently in the bottom half of the table
United are on a two-match winning streak away from home
They have tallied 22 goals in their 11 road fixtures so far
Manchester United have conceded an average of 1.7 goals per away game
Home and away United have one clean sheet in their last eight
They have conceded 63% of their away goals in the first half of fixtures
Both teams have scored in 82% of their away games
The Red Devils have scored in every away game played this season
There has been some tremendous form shown by the Lilywhites lately despite that blip against Wolves. Manchester United have improved, but only against weaker opponents. Tottenham to win in the match outright.
10th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting