Sutton Utd V Arsenal

Monday 21st February 2017
20:55pm Kick Off Live on your GibSat box on BBC1

This will be the first time these two clubs have faced off competitively. This is the furthest Sutton have ever reached in the FA Cup and judging by their fans reaction to drawing Arsenal, to play against the gunners will be their dream come true.

Arsenal on the other hand have won this trophy no fewer than 12 times (joint most with Man Utd) last time they won it was 2 years ago in 2015.

Sutton have been in pretty poor form of late, they have won 2 drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 6, however they are on a 3 game losing streak, in those 3 games they have conceded 10 goals and only scored once. Last time was a 2-1 defeat to Guiseley.

Arsenal are not in the greatest form themselves of late winning 3 and losing 3 of their last 6 games. Last time out was a midweek Champions League game against Bayern Munich when they suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat. For those that have not seen the Arsenal Fan TV footage after the game, it’s worth a watch however please be advised there’s explicit language.

For Sutton the FA Cup has been a welcome distraction from their league football as they are struggling at the moment. They are down in 17th place and in real danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap.

Arsenal are currently in 4th position in the Premier League however they are some 10 points off leaders Chelsea and struggling to find some consistency in their play.

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell has said “If you see the Ozil and Sanchez on the team sheet our chance doesn’t come beyond nought, or you could go the other way and you play the fringe players which will still be full of internationals then that would give us that 1% chance that we’d be after”.

Under fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said “We can not focus on past games as we can not chance them, we all must look to the next game and try to bounce back from that disappointing result”.

This game really does sum up the FA Cup, a real David and Goliath contest. If Sutton somehow managed to get through this round it could arguably be the greatest achievement by a non league side ever.

If Arsenal don’t win this game comfortably then all it will do is heap more pressure onto the shoulders of boss Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal are best priced with Ladbrokes @2/11, the draw is best with Bet365 @8/1 and Sutton Utd are best with Betstars @20/1.

It’s difficult to back Arsenal at that price but what is back-able is Both teams to score ‘No’ @79/100 with Marathon bet which is what I will be punting on.