Arsenal will be looking to avoid an FA Cup upset when they travel to the Amex Stadium for their fourth round match with Brighton. This competition remains the Gunners' only realistic hope of silverware this season and Arsene Wenger will be fully aware of that as his team bid to end their eight-year trophy drought, with victory in the 2005 FA Cup their last piece of silverware.
Arsenal go into Saturday's match as 8/11 odds on favourites, while Brighton are priced 7/2 and the draw can be backed at 11/4 with Ladbrokes. Brighton have previous 'cupset' experience as they knocked out Newcastle 2-0 on home soil in the third round and Gus Poyet will have his side right up for this one too.
Poyet has seen his team suffer just one defeat in their last eight and they are unbeaten in their last five during a run that has seen them rise to seventh in the Championship table. They are just four points off the play-offs and a strong end to the season could see them challenging for a place in the holy grail of the Premier League.
They produce an attractive, attacking style of football that is easy on the eye and in Craig Mackail-Smith they have one of the most prolific strikers outside of the top flight. The Scot has scored 11 goals this term and he is 7/1 to be first goalscorer, although for a touch more value it could be worth a look at midfielder (and Brighton's penalty taker) David Lopez to score first at 11/1 after he notched four in his last seven outings.
Brighton have only failed to score once in their last nine games at home and they will fancy their chances of grabbing at least a goal against this brittle Arsenal defence. The Gunners have kept just two clean sheets away from home in all competitions since the start of September, while recent history doesn't bode well for their defence either as they are without a clean sheet in their last seven away FA Cup games.
Both teams to score is 8/13 odds on this weekend and both teams to score in an Arsenal win can be backed at 12/5 in the latest betting with Ladbrokes. The Gunners found their scoring boots in the Premier League in mid-week as they beat West Ham 5-1 at the Emirates to consolidate their sixth place position in the table.
Theo Walcott was on target for the second match in a row on Wednesday and he is 4/1 favourite to score first, while the Gunners have now scored in their last eight away games in a row. Their away form remains decidedly shaky as they have won just three of 13 on the road in all competitions but they might just have too much class for Brighton.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 33 FA Cup matches with lower league opposition and the double result of a half-time draw and full-time Arsenal win is available at 7/2. That could offer value as Brighton will no doubt look to stop their opponents early but the Gunners might just edge it in the end as they look to end their long trophy drought.
Brighton v Arsenal Form
Check the season's statistics for both Brighton and Arsenal, plus the odds ahead of Saturday's match.
Brighton v Arsenal Tips
Tip #1: Both teams to score and Arsenal win @ 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #2: Double result of a half-time draw and full-time Arsenal win @ 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #3: David Lopez to score first each-way @ 11/1 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Odds
12/1 Brighton 1-0
20/1 Brighton 2-0
12/1 Brighton 2-1
10/1 Draw 0-0
13/2 Draw 1-1
12/1 Draw 2-2
7/1 Arsenal 1-0
15/2 Arsenal 2-0
13/2 Arsenal 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
4/1 Theo Walcott
9/2 Olivier Giroud
5/1 Lukas Podolski
7/1 Craig Mackail-Smith
8/1 Santi Cazorla
8/1 Ashley Barnes
9/1 Leonardo Ulloa
10/1 Andrei Arshavin
10/1 Stephen Dobbie
10/1 Will Hoskins
11/1 Will Buckley
11/1 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes.com, who provide a host of other betting markets, including live betting in-running, throughout the match.
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