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Lunchtime Double: Ladbrokes boost Man United and Arsenal wins

| 08.03.2014

Arsenal’s quest to end a nine-year trophy hiatus and Manchester United’s flailing attempt to qualify for the Champions League should be enough motivation to see both sides pick up vital wins this weekend.

Arsenal take on Everton in the FA Cup while United look to keep pace with those above them with a trip to the Hawthorns.

And, with both games kicking off in front of the TV cameras at 12:45, Ladbrokes is offering a Lunchtime Double special, which sees the pair to win priced at 3/1 up from 15/8!

United have struggled of late, with small steps forward – like victory over Crystal Palace in their last league outing – followed by large steps back – like losing 2-0 to a heavily un-fancied Olympiakos side.

However, despite losing to West Brom earlier this season, the Baggies are one of the best teams David Moyes’ side could face based on recent history.

That 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford was the first time Albion had beaten United in any competition since March 1984, with the Red Devils wining 16 and drawing just three of the 19 encounters between those two results.

Despite their struggles, United have lost just one of their last five in the league and only two of their last 11 Premier League games away from Old Trafford.

And, while Pepe Mel has finally made Albion hard to beat – as four consecutive 1-1 home draws attests – the Baggies have won just one of 17 league outings and are winless in six at the Hawthorns.

United then, will be confident of picking up all three points and with Everton struggling on the road this term Arsenal will be equally confident of progressing to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Everton’s Jekyll and Hyde form (WLWLW in their last five) is largely down to their inability to succeed away from Goodison Park.

The Toffees have won just once in six attempts as the away side and with Roberto Martinez’s men last beating the Gunners in 2007, the Emirates crowd will be anticipating a return to winning ways.

Arsene Wenger’s men have lost just one of their last 15 in front of their own fans and with the Cup looking their best chance to end their trophy hoodoo, expect the Gunners to come out firing.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.