Santi Cazorla boosted to continue run with first goal against Coventry

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Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla is back among the goals after bagging a brace in a match-winning performance against Fulham last time out.

Those two strikes made it three in three games in all competitions and the diminutive midfield star should be backed to open the scoring again as the Gunners take on Coventry in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Cazorla’s hot streak has seen him open the scoring in two of the last three games in which he has played and with the price on him netting first against the Sky Blues rising from 9/2 to 5/1 there’s never been a better time to back the Spaniard.

Arsenal have averaged two goals over their last six games since last drawing a blank against Chelsea and with Coventry last keeping a clean sheet in November 2013 it stands to reason that the Premier League side could rack up a fair number here.

Steven Pressley’s men have conceded first in five of their last six games, while Arsenal have opened the scoring in each of their last five outings, and with the gulf in class between the two sides the hosts will waste little time in getting off the ground at the Emirates Stadium.

Such is the perception that Arsenal will dominate their League One opponents that the Sixfields Stadium residents are priced as 22/1 underdogs to cause an upset.

And, with the Gunners on at 1/9 to win this fixture, value seekers need to look to other markets in order to boost their returns.

The Price Boost on Cazorla scoring first is certainly one way to go, but with the Gunners finding the net at will many could be tempted by the odds of 3/4 when backing Arsenal to overcome a two-goal handicap.

However, sticking with the Cazorla theme, those looking for much larger returns could be swayed by the Scorecast odds, which price a 2-0 win with the Arsenal man netting first at a healthy 25/1.

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.