Arsenal London are on course of defending their FA Cup title as they get ready to host Middlesbrough on Emirates. The visitors may as well be called the revelation of this tournament after they managed to win against Manchester City by displaying a fighting spirit the Premier League champions lacked completely.
Middlesbrough have Ayala and Carayol under doubt, while in a recent press conference Arsene Wenger said Wilshere is motivated to return to the team and Alexis is under doubt. Gabriel might make his debut, but if Arsenal decide to field the same starting eleven that managed to save them the blushes in Premier League against Leicester. We could see Ozil score or assist another goal. The visitors are on the first place in Championship, have an unbeaten run of 10 matches, six of which are back to back wins.
Lee Tomlin relishes in the chance to be up against some of his favorite players, and right after Kompany and Aguero: “Sanchez, Cazorla and Ozil,” he says with excitement. “They’re my kind of players.” Adam Clayton stated the match against Man City was way too easy and expects some more resistance from Arsenal, which is something natural seeing as the Gunners won 8 matches at the Emirates and conceded just three goals. If Szczesny starts in the goal, he will be poised to keep a clean sheet, but it remains to be seen whether Middlesbrough’s Leadbitter will agree with this, seeing as he’s the visitors’ main goalscorer.
Both Arsenal and Middlesbrough won with the same score against Man City: 2-0, but this team the hosts have built this season is one of the strongest they have had in recent years, and even amidst many injury scares, an in form Cazorla, Ozil and Sanchez can decide a match on their own any day of the week. The hosts have had a relatively easy run so far in the competition and perhaps Middlesbrough will be their first real test, where the Gunners might want to tighten up the defensive line in the last 15 minutes to avoid late heartbreak. If Sanchez will be fit enough to play, maybe Welbeck could start up front, as Giroud has not been a fan or tipster favorite in recent games.
Arsenal have 1.20 odds to qualify, Middlesbrough 4.10 which is far better than their odds to win, which Ladbrokes has set to 7.00. The Gunners have 1.44 odds to win; 1.36 to score first and 2.05 for both halves. Giroud has 2.00 odds to score, Sanchez 2.15, Welbeck 2,30 and Akpom with Walcott both have 2.62 in the same market. For Middlesbrough, the goalscorer betting market looks like this: Bamford has 4.75 odds to score, Vossen and Kike 5.00, while Leadbitter and Tomlin both have 6.00 odds to score. We are going to bet 7 units on both teams to score and Arsenal to win with 3.10 odds from Ladbrokes.