With the chance to lift their first piece of major silverware in six years on Sunday, you could forgive Arsene Wenger for giving his second string a run-out against Stoke on Wednesday.
But Wenger knows his side are Manchester United’s main challengers for the Premier League title and dropping points against Stoke City on Wednesday would be a huge blow to their chances so expect Fabregas et all to feature.
Arsenal are the 1/4 favourites to beat Stoke and having won all eight of their previous ties with Stoke at the Emirates, it’s hard to look past them recording a fifth win.
Having beaten Arsenal twice in the last five games Stoke are a huge price at 11/1 to win, but both of those wins came at the Emirates and considering Stoke have failed to score in three away trips, backing Arsenal to win to nil looks a strong bet at 6/5.
Only one of the Premier League encounters between the two has failed to produced three goals or more and backing over 2.5 goals at 8/13 seems obvious.
With 10 goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, Robin van Persie is in tremendous form and at 5/2 to score the first goal, punters who put the faith in the Dutchman can reap the rewards.
Arsenal have scored two goals or more in 13 of their last fifteen matches, so back the home side at 6/5 to score more than 2.5 goals and to win 3-0 at 6/1.
The last three games between Stoke and Arsenal have produced four penalties but, surprisingly, bookings are low in this fixture with Stoke having picked up just the one red card in last season’s league game.
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