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Arsenal V Leicester

Wednesday 26th April
20:45 Kick Off

These two have met 136 times in the past and as you would expect, it is Arsenal that has the better record winning 63 times, they have drawn 44 times and Leicester have won just 29.

They last met back in August in the reverse fixture and it was not a fixture to write home about. The game ended 0-0 which didn’t really suit either side.

Arsenal have been in ok form of late winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 2 of their last 6 in all competitions. Last time out was a fantastic 2-1 (AET) win in the Semi Finals of the FA Cup over Man City.

Leicester haven’t been in great form of late, they have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 6 in all competitions. Last time out they managed a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League which wasn’t quite enough to get them through.

Just one major doubt for Arsenal is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who limped off on the weekend and ended up on crutches.

Leicester are without captain Wes Morgan who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Nampalys Mendy’s season if over following an ankle injury and Islam Slimani has a groin problem.

Arsenal are @ 8/13 with a few firms including Bet Fred. The draw is @ 71/20 with Marathon Bet and Leicester are best with Bet Fair @ 5/1.

I think Arsenal can gain a bit of confidence from their semi final success to go on and beat the champions here.

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Middlesbrough V Sunderland

Wednesday 26th April
20:45 Kick Off

This North East derby has been played 143 previous times and it is Sunderland who has the better record winning 61 times, they have drawn 37 times and Boro have won 45 times.

The last time they met was early in the season back in August and it was a 2-1 away win for Boro, Crishian Stuani grabbed a first half brace for Boro which was enough for the 3 points. Patrick Van Aanholt did manage a consolation goal for Sunderland in the 2nd half.

Boro have been in miserable form of late, they have drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 6 games. Last time out they were hammered 4-0 by Bournemouth.

Sunderland have been in equally terrible form, they have also drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 6. Last time they did manage a 2-2 draw against West Ham.

Boro are without Gaston Ramirez who is suspended, Victor Valdes is also out and there are doubts for Martin De Roon and Grant Leadbitter.

Sunderland are without suspended Seb Larsson who is suspended and Duncan Watmore is out again as he will require another operation on his knee. Billy Jones is a doubt.

Boro are @ 5/4 for this with most firms including Bet365. The draw is @ 5/2 with marathon Bet and Sunderland are also @ 5/2 with a few including Bet Fred.

I don’t think either side are capable of beating anyone at the moment so I will be backing the draw.

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