Bookmakers make Arsenal long odds-on to beat Aston Villa in their fourth round FA Cup tie at the Emirates on Monday night and it’s easy to understand why.
The two sides have met nine times in the FA Cup with the Gunners progressing on sic occasions.
They have also won five and lost just one of eight home ties in this competition against the Villans, who haven’t won an away tie against a top flight side since 2000.
But what is even more impressive is that Arsenal have lost only one of 33 matches on their own patch under Arsene Wenger, so it’s easy to see why there will be plenty piling in on them at the 1.57 on offer with the likes of bet365, Betfred, Boylesports and Paddy Power.
On the team news front the Gunners could be boosted by the return of Spanish playmaker Mikel Arteta who missed the game against Manchester United with a groin strain.
On-loan Thierry Henry, who was also missing against the Red Devils due to a calf problem, may also play a part if he passes a fitness test on Saturday.
Youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also likely to keep his place starting XI after a lively showing against United before being controversially substituted late on for badly out-of-form Arshavin.
Robin van Persie will lead their attack, and is 3.75 shot with bet365 and Boylesports to net the opener.
That looks more than fair, but for those looking for a value alternative Oxlade-Chamberlain appeals at the 8 on offer with bet65.
He has really impressed me in recent weeks and will be eager to prove that his substitution against United was a big mistake.
You can also get 3 with Paddy Power about him scoring anytime and that makes more appeal than the skimpy 1.67 on offer on this occasion about van Persie.
I fancy Arsenal to win this 2-0 or 2-1, and those scorelines can be backed at 7 generally and a standout 8.5 with bet365 respectively.