Will Arsenal Crash Out of Two Cups in a Week?
With the trifling matter of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United now done and dusted, the footballing world can turn its attention to the week’s real plum fixture – Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth round replay against Leyton Orient.
Though the tie may not reach the dizzying heights of last night’s game in the entertainment stakes, it should be noted that Arsenal potentially face the very real prospect of being dumped out of two cups in four days unless they get it together.
Orient held the Gunners to a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road when the two sides met previously, with Jonathan Tehoue’s late strike cancelling out Tomas Rosicky’s headed opener to secure a lucrative replay at the Emirates for the plucky Os side.
The visitors’ chances of progressing to another money-spinning trip to Old Trafford in the next round will be considerably boosted by the absence of a number of key figures in the Arsenal squad with Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott all out.
However, despite their depleted numbers Bet365 are still seeing Arsene Wenger’s men as the only real winners here and have priced them up at an anorexic 1/6 to secure victory over the League One side, who themselves are 16/1 to get the win.
It should be noted that Birmingham were similarly unfancied in the Carling Cup final but still secured an historic win, and with the Gunners likely to be experiencing a hangover from that game it’s entirely possible that Orient could spring a major shock.
Those looking for a speculative punt on tonight’s game could therefore do worse to back the Os on the Asian Handicap market of +2 at better than 2/1 or put a wedge on in-form striker Alex Revell scoring anytime at 4/1.