Manchester United v Arsenal
Monday 19:45, BBC One.
Match Odds: Manchester United 2.546/4, Arsenal 3.052/1, The Draw 3.55.
Monday night's FA Cup quarter-final tie is unquestionably the most mouthwatering game of this round, and Manchester United versus Arsenal remains one of the biggest games in English football. This could be a classic FA Cup encounter.
By now, it feels like Louis van Gaal's Man United side should feel more settled, and yet it still remains difficult to predict his starting XI - or, indeed, work out precisely what he's attempting to build. Nevertheless, United's results have been good, their defensive record remains impressive, and they clearly have the individuals to provide a moment of magic in the final third.
They also have a habit of grinding out results. The meeting between these sides earlier in the season was a good example: Arsenal dominated for long periods, yet a superb performance from David De Gea and some good counter-attacking meant United won 2-1. It remains to be seen whether United can play so reactively in this game, on home soil.
Arsenal, meanwhile, keep starting games slowly, enjoying a good spell when they score a couple of goals, before fading late on. That said, this pattern has tended to come against weaker sides - their most recent meetings with better teams, like Tottenham and Monaco, have resulted in disappointing defeats.
Van Gaal seemed content with his side's performance in the narrow 1-0 win at Newcastle last week, and will probably stick to the 4-5-1 system that started there. Wayne Rooney - so frequently the scourge of Arsenal - played upfront and will probably continue as the lone striker.
Daley Blind seems set to anchor the midfield, but what happens between those two is almost impossible to predict, and United's approach will be defined by the other midfielders.
Ashley Young should continue on the left after a good performance - and a late winner - against Newcastle last week, an his battle with youngster Hector Bellerin should be interesting. The Spanish right-back loves to fly forward and boasts incredible pace, so Young will have to rely upon the defensive knowledge he's picked up from playing full-back this season, as well as testing him going in the opposite direction.
On the opposite flank, Kieran Gibbs was outstanding in the 2-1 win over QPR, although there's a chance Nacho Monreal could be recalled to play against the out-of-form Angel Di Maria.
Arsene Wenger has a tremendous number of attacking options at his disposal, with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain omitted from the starting XI for the win at Loftus Road.
It seems likely Wenger will make at least two changes in midfield and attack, probably with Tomas Rosicky making way for Ramsey. Wenger must also be tempted to hand Welbeck a start on his first return to Old Trafford, especially against a team that plays a high defensive line. Olivier Giroud's goalscoring record against quality opposition remains a concern.
It will be interesting to see which side controls this game - Arsenal are accustomed to possession dominance, but United have commanded the midfield well recently. A combination of Blind and Ander Herrera, perhaps, might be good enough to dominate against an Arsenal side lacking a genuinely top-class holding midfielder. The question will be whether have enough penetration.
Arsenal, meanwhile, might look to play on the break through Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who have combined nicely in recent weeks.
Until we know precisely what Manchester United's shape is, it's very difficult to predict the tactical battle here, but Rooney has a fine record against Arsenal and is thriving in his favoured centre-forward role. I'll back Rooney to open the scoring at 7.06/1.
Back Wayne Rooney as First Goalscorer at 7.06/1