Bristol City vs Man City – Carabao Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg Betting Tips
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Arsene Wenger has a lot to thank the FA Cup for. The Arsenal manager has won the FA Cup more than any other manager including three times in the last four years. Without those recent wins there’s every chance that Wenger would have left the club as he’s seen them slip out of the top four having been perennial title contenders for so many years. Arsenal have a fight on their hands again to finish inside the top four this season so Wenger will be targeting yet more cup glory to try and keep the fans on board.
It all starts on Sunday for Arsenal when they travel to the City Ground to take on managerless Nottingham Forest. Gary Brazil has been tasked with taking temporary charge at the club for the third time and he’s preparing the team for Arsenal.
After such a hectic period of games, there is every chance that Wenger will make several changes from the Arsenal team who drew 2-2 with Chelsea on Wednesday night. The question is, does this Nottingham Forest team have enough about them to beat Arsenal’s second string?
Arsenal 8/15 (Betfred)
Draw 10/3 (William Hill)
Nottingham Forest 5/1 (William Hill)
The bookies clearly aren’t convinced that Nottingham Forest can get the better of Arsenal, even if Wenger plays a glorified reserve team. There are several reasons to suggest that the bookies are right to make Arsenal odds on favourites.
The Gunners have long had one of the best youth teams in the country. Few of those filling the ranks of the Arsenal U23s are likely to become first team regulars but that does not mean they are poor players. In fact, Arsenal comfortably qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League using fringe players. Most of the team who take to the field at the City Ground will have played together in Europe and all of them want to prove themselves worthy of a place in the first team.
As for Nottingham Forest, it’s been a poor season so far. Mark Warburton’s sacking was more than a little harsh but Forest were hardly lighting up the Championship under the former Brentford manager. The Tricky Trees have lost four more games than they’ve won and sit bottom of the form table which does not bode well for Sunday’s match.
Arsenal should win but 8/15 doesn’t look too tempting. A better option could be the 2/1 that Boylesports are quoting on the away side winning to nil.
Arsenal 2-1 @ 7/1 (Coral)
Arsenal 2-0 @ 15/2 (Boylesports)
Draw 1-1 @ 17/2 (William Hill)
Arsenal 1-0 @ 15/2 (Ladbrokes)
Arsenal 3-0 @ 11/1 (Betfred)
Arsenal 3-1 @ 11/1 (Ladbrokes)
The Correct Score market always provides great choice for those seeking out a little more bang for their betting buck. As you can see via the snapshot of the market above, results reflecting a comfortable Arsenal win are the shortest priced options. There is every chance that the Gunners will book their place in the fourth round without too much drama and we think the Arsenal 3-0 correct score looks tempting at 11/1 with Betfred.
The Arsenal players who Wenger trusts on Sunday will be desperate to shine. Whether that’s because they want to play more regularly for the Gunners or because they’re interested in putting themselves in the shop window for a potential move, Arsenal will be full of motivated players so they should have enough about them to put three past Forest.
Alexandre Lacazette 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Alexis Sanchez 7/2 (Coral)
Danny Welbeck 7/2 (Betfred)
Theo Walcott 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Chuba Akpom 4/1 (Boylesports)
Eddie Nketiah 9/2 (Boylesports)
Alex Iwobi 13/2 (Ladbrokes)
Vlad Dragomir 8/1 (Betfred)
Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez are right at the top of the First Goalscorer market but if they score first for Arsenal it will mean that something’s gone wrong for them. Wenger wants to keep his most important players on the bench and will be more likely to task the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi to break the deadlock.
Each of those three have found their chances limited in the Premier League and they’ve each got the quality to make the breakthrough at the City Ground. But, it’s Iwobi who looks the best bet at 13/2 with Ladbrokes. Welbeck and Walcott may not be at the club for too much longer while Iwobi could still have a big future at just 21. Iwobi’s only scored the one goal so far this season but may well double his tally against Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal to win to nil at 2/1 with Boylesports
Arsenal 3-0 correct score at 11/1 with Betfred
Alex Iwobi to score first at 13/2 with Ladbrokes