FA Cup betting: Goals assured as champs host in-form Burnley

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Updated: January 30, 2016

Today’s featured FA Cup fourth round betting preview: Arsenal v Burnley; Emirates Stadium, London, England; Sunday, January 31, 2am – check here for the latest FA Cup news & results

 

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FA Cup fourth round action resumes tonight with a huge card of action featuring sides from all four League divisions. For our best of the night, where off to the Emirates where the reigning champions will welcome Burnley. The Gunners had the better of Sunderland in the third round and are $1.36 favourites coming into the fixture against a Burnley side that’s won their past four in all competitions. Arsenal welcome back Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky (pictured below) from injury, and both are likely to make the bench in their quest to regain full fitness.

Danny Welbeck is also back in training but the match comes too soon for the former Manchester United man, who is yet to make a single appearance this season with a knee injury. Arsene Wenger has promised that he will not field a young side against Burnley but is likely to make a few changes to the starting 11, with Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to be given a chance. Mohamed Elneny is set to make his debut for the Gunners, while Gabriel will come into the side in place of Per Mertesacker, who is out due to suspension.

 

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Burnley are doing well to confirm their promotion to the Premier League, only a year after being relegated. They are unbeaten since Boxing Day in all competitions and have the best attack in the competition, while only five clubs have conceded fewer than the Clarets this time around. However, their record in the FA Cup has been far from impressive, with their last victory before this year coming against Middlesbrough in 2011. A win over the Gunners will be a massive boost to their confidence in their chase for promotion. Burnley will arrive at the Emirates full of confidence.

They’ve won five of their past seven Championship fixtures with a remarkable average of exactly four goals scored per victory. Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson will be in the Burnley squad after joining on a short-term deal. Midfielder Dean Marney (calf) is doubtful but manager Sean Dyche can select from an otherwise unchanged squad. Burnley have progressed past the fourth round at five of the past six attempts, though they’ve not reached the fifth round since 2011. Arsenal have won their past five FA Cup ties against Burnley, scoring 16 and conceding just once.

 

 

Confirmed bets (card finalised)

Arsenal (PL) v Burnley (CH) +3.5 (one unit @ $2.75)
Aston Villa (PL) +1hcp v Manchester City (PL) -1hcp (one unit @ $2.05)
Crystal Palace (PL) WIN v Stoke City (PL) (one unit @ $2.10)
Nottingham Forest (CH) v Watford (PL) DRAW (one unit @ $3.10)
Reading (CH) v Walsall (L1) +1hcp (one unit @ $1.83)
Oxford United (L2) WIN v Blackburn Rovers (CH) (one unit @ $2.45)

 

Today’s other games (PL = Premier League CH = Championship, L1 = League One, L2 = League Two, NL = non-league)

Colchester (L1) v Tottenham Hotspur (PL)
Bolton Wanderers (CH) v Leeds United (CH)
Bury (L1) v Hull City (CH)
Portsmouth (L2) v Bournemouth (PL)
Shrewsbury Town (L1) v Sheffield Wednesday (CH)
West Bromwich Albion (PL) v Peterborough (L1)
Liverpool (PL) v West Ham United (PL)

 

Most recent results: 2-0-1, +1.3 units; overall record: 10-0-6, +5.55 units

Aston Villa (PL) -1hcp v Wycombe Wanderers (L2) (one unit @ $2.50) WIN (2-0)
Portsmouth (L2) v Ipswich Town (CH) WIN (one unit @ $3.10) LOSE (1-2)
Bolton Wanderers (CH) WIN v Eastleigh (NL) +2.5 total (one unit @ $1.80) WIN (3-2)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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