Arsenal, the two-time defending champions of this tournament, will begin their participation in the 2015-16 FA Cup when they host Sunderland in the third round. This game will be played this Saturday, January 9th at Emirates Stadium at 16:00.
The Gunners have won the past two editions and are the team with the most titles in this tournament with 12, one more than Manchester United. Last year, they defeated Aston Villas by 4-0 with goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud.
They will be looking to become the first team to lift the Cup in three consecutive seasons since Blackburn Rovers did it from 1883 to 1886.
They come to this match as the leaders of the English Premier League with 42 points, two more than Leicester City, and are the best team at home with seven wins, two draws and one defeat, scoring 16 goals and allowing six.
Arsene Wenger’s team has won their two past games, and they have lost only one of their last nine in all competitions. They have lost only two matches at Emirates Stadium this season; the first was in the second week in the local tournament versus West Ham, and the other was in the UEFA Champions League group stage versus Olympiakos four months ago.
In the FA Cup Odds Tips Arsenal v Sunderland, the Gunners are favorites to get the victory in their pitch. They are listed with 1.25, while the Black Cats are with 13.0, and the draw is with 6.9.
These teams have played eight times in the FA Cup, and Sunderland have a slight advantage with four wins and one draw. Their last meeting in this competition was four years ago, and the Black Cats got the victory by 2-0 at the Stadium of Light with a goal from Kieran Richardson and an own goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
However, the London side has dominated the recent meetings, and they have seven straight games with no defeat in the series, and they have not allowed a goal in four of them. Sunderland will be looking for their first victory at Emirates Stadium since 2002 when they won 3-2 in a League Cup meeting.
Arsenal are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.47 Odds to win this game by two or more goals and with 2.75 to do it by three. The Black Cats are rated at 18.0 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 8.5.
Sunderland are in the relegation zone with 15 points, and they have won only one of the 10 games played on the road in the league, scoring 10 goals and accepting 28, the most by any squad so far away from home. They won last weekend at home versus Aston Villa by 3-1, and they ended a streak of five straight defeats.
French forward Olivier Giroud is the favorite to score the first goal in this match, and he is listed with 3.8 FA Cup Odds. He is followed by Alexis Sanchez with 4.5 and Theo Walcott by 5.1.
The Gunners should have no problem winning this game at home and remain as one of the favorites to win the title this year.