Arsenal will try to keep alive their hopes of repeating the title of the FA Cup when they face Middlesbrough in the fifth round. This game will be played on Sunday, February 15th in Emirates Stadium at 16:00.
As part of the in the Best Betting Tips Arsenal v Middlesbrough, the Gunners have three straight games with no defeat in the series. They are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.45 Odds while the Boro is with 7.5, and the draw is with 4.7.
Arsene Wenger’s team won this tournament last year when they came from behind in the final and defeated Hull City 3-2 in overtime. Arsenal are tied with Manchester United as the top winners of the FA Cup, with 11 titles.
For this edition, the Gunners are favorites to repeat and are listed with 3.5 in the FA Cup Odds. The last team to win this competition in consecutive years was Chelsea, doing it in 2009 and 2010.
These teams have met eight times in the FA Cup and Arsenal have the advantage with five wins and a draw. The last time they played in this tournament was 11 years ago, and the London side got the victory by 4-1, with two goals from Swedish winger Fredrik Ljungberg.
The Gunners are listed with 3.75 Odds to win this match by one goal and with 4.0 to make it by three or more. Boro’s victory by the minimum difference is rated at 10.0, and the score draw is with 6.0.
The last time Middlesbrough beat the Gunners was in 2007 by 2-1 at home, but they have not been able to win at Emirates Stadium since 2004, when they did it during the Carling Cup.
French striker Olivier Giroud heads the betting Odds to get the first goal in this match and is listed with 4.5, followed by Chilean Alexis Sanchez with 4.75. The South American player is the Gunners’ best scorer this season with 18 goals in all competitions.
Arsenal will meet the expectations and could face Manchester United in the next round. The Red Devils will play against Preston North End on Monday, February 16th at Deepdale.