In what is by some margin the most tantalising of the four FA Cup quarter-finals bitter foes of yesteryear Manchester United and Arsenal do battle at Old Trafford.
It’s a game the Red Devils are an excellent price of 6/4 to prevail in, but the domestic form of their north London-based adversaries may draw optimistic away punters to their 19/10 for success, or the replay enforcing, 12/5-rated draw for that matter.
Each price carries a certain appeal, but if it’s too difficult to choose a helping from the match-betting buffet, allow us to tempt you with some juicy goalscorer wagers.
There are two stand out punts in the net bulging stakes, one representing each side and both providing excellent value in slightly different markets.
Wayne Rooney – 5/1 to score first
The scouse goalsmith has always savoured playing Arsenal.
It may not take a savvy tipper to promote the favourite’s chances of scoring first, but we’re about winners at news.bwin.com, not plaudits for fruitless attempts at long shot snaring.
Rooney’s brace to smite Sunderland in their last Old Trafford encounter took his tally to five strikes in nine at the Theatre of Dreams.
These goals came across three matches and he struck the opener in each of them.
Furthermore, against this foe he has celebrated seven onion bag rustles in his last 12 appearances, including the winner when the pair met at the Emirates earlier in the season.
Those who invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in Rooney to bag first will be compensated to the tune of £150 if he delivers.
Theo Walcott – 11/4 to score at any time
Having opened his account for the season in this competition against Brighton, Walcott scored three goals in 16 days so comes into this one not without form.
He sat out the pair of Premier League matches preceding this sojourn so an FA Cup start could be in store and as arguably Arsenal’s best finisher, Arsene Wenger would do well to pick him.
The Gunners have fared terribly at Old Trafford in recent seasons, losing on each of their last six visits, scoring just four goals in the process.
Aside from Robin van Persie’s strike in Man Utd’s infamous 8-2 demolition job on the capital club, each of these goals have been scored by diminutive midfielders deployed behind a striker.
Andrey Arshavin, Santi Cazorla and Walcott himself were those who found the net.