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Price Boost: Rooney and Sanchez enhanced for FA Cup tie

| 09.03.2015

Manchester United host Arsenal on Monday night in arguably the pick of the FA Cup quarter final ties.

With 11 final appearances and seven wins apiece no one has had more success in the competition and the chance to pull ahead of their rivals will have both teams fully motivated for the clash.

And the excitement is being ramped up further still, with Ladbrokes boosting not one but two strikers to open the scoring at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney, who has rediscovered his scoring touch since being returned to his favoured attacking role, sees his odds move from 5/1 to 6/1, while Arsenal’s South American hit man Alexis Sanchez’s price goes from 13/2 to a hugely tempting 8/1.

Read on to see why these two are the most likely to get the scoring underway in front of the BBC cameras.

Wayne Rooney to score first – was 5/1 – NOW 6/1

Despite being deployed in a deeper midfield role for much of the season, Rooney has still notched 17 goals from 33 games for club and country this term.

The United captain has opened the scoring on an impressive six occasions and despite scoring just once in the FA Cup so far he loves hitting the back of the net against the Gunners.

In his career to date Rooney has smashed 13 goals past Arsene Wenger’s men, second only to his haul of 14 against Aston Villa.

Alexis Sanchez to score first – was 13/2 – NOW 8/1

If Manchester United’s trio of South American signings had adapted to life in the Premier League as smoothly as Arsenal’s Sanchez the table would look considerably different.

The former Barcelona man has netted 19 goals since arriving at the Emirates with no fewer than nine of those goals seeing him oblige in the First Player To Score market.

His effort against Hull remains his only FA Cup strike to date but the chance to enhance his credentials as an Arsenal hero with an early strike against fierce rivals United could spur the Chilean on to another magnificent performance.

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.