After Arsenal trailed for much of their Carling Cup semi-final against Ipswich and required a replay to eliminate Leeds in the FA Cup third round, League One side Huddersfield are the latest Football League representatives hoping to find the Gunners at far from their best…
The home traumas that plagued Arsenal at the start of the season have been banished with six victories in eight in north London and it’s no surprise therefore that they are 1/7 favourites, while the draw is 7/1 and Huddersfield are a massive 14/1 to pull off a huge shock.
The Gunners head into this cup encounter on a run of four successive triumphs and every single one of those has been resounding, with three goals scored in each and only one conceded, so it’s definitely worth considering Arsenal at a -2 handicap at 10/11.
Arsenal’s 1-1 draw in their initial clash with Leeds in the last round was a rare occasion in which they featured in an FA Cup match with under 2.5 goals. Seven of their last eight in the competition have seen the net struck three or more times and it’s 1/3 for that to become eight in nine.
There’s a strong case for being even bolder and backing over 3.5 goals instead at 5/6 though, as Huddersfield both score and concede in great volume on their travels. The Terriers’ last four away games have involved four or more goals, with 19 scored in total in those fixtures.
Arsene Wenger’s side have kept five clean sheets in their eight outings so far in 2011 and are 4/6 to achieve another but both teams to score at evens arguably holds greater appeal as Arsenal have conceded in six successive FA Cup ties, the majority of which took place in the capital.
Midweek deadlock breaker Nicklas Bendtner is 3/1 to do the honours again in Sunday’s game, so a £25 stake would provide a £75 profit. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.