Villa vs Arsenal: The Odds

Arsenal are odds-on to take care of Aston Villa in the fourth round FA Cup tie at the Emirates on Monday night and everything suggests that they should have little difficulty beating the Villans.
 
The two sides have met nine times in the FA Cup with the Gunners progressing on six occasions. They have also won five and lost just one of eight home ties in this competition against the Midlands club, who themselves haven’t won an away tie against a top flight side since 2000.
 
However an even more impressive stat is that Arsenal have lost only one of 33 matches on their own patch under Arsene Wenger.
 
That makes me think that there will be plenty getting stuck into the the 1.57 on offer with the likes of bet365, Betfred, Boylesports and Paddy Power for Arsenal doing the business.
 
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 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also likely to keep his place starting XI after a lively showing against United before being controversially substituted.
 
Robin van Persie will lead their attack, and is 3.75 shot with bet365 and Boylesports to net the opener.
 
That looks a fair price given his exploits this season, as does the 1.67 with bet365 to score anytime.
 
I expect Arsenal to win this with a bit to spare, and for those that like a flutter on the correct score I would suggest 2-0 at the 7 on offer with Boylesports and Betfred.

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