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Arsenal v Aston Villa – FA Cup Betting Preview

Arsenal look a steal at 1.57 to beat Aston Villa in their fourth round FA Cup tie at the Emirates on Monday night.

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 Villans, who haven’t won an away tie against a top flight side since 2000.

An even more impressive stat though is that Arsenal have lost only one of 33 matches on their own patch under Arsene Wenger.

Everything suggests that the Gunners will do the business, and there will be plenty willing to take the 1.57 on offer with the likes of bet365,BetfredBoylesports and Paddy Power about them doing so.

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 Arshavin – a move which left fans and captain Robin van Persie stunned.

The Dutchman, who seemed to shout “no” when Oxlade Chamberlain was pulled off, will once again lead their attack, and is 3.75 shot withbet365 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 bet365 as he has been very impressive in recent weeks and will be eager to prove that his substitution was a huge mistake.

You can also get 3 with Paddy Power about him scoring anytime and that looks a decent price.

I fancy Arsenal to win this 2-1, and that outcome is a standout 8.5 with bet365.
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