Betting Preview: Arsenal Can Retain The Cup If They Get Past Brighton

It’s been a crazy weekend in the FA Cup and there may be a few more shocks to come today.

Bristol City vs West Ham

Bristol City will have plenty of backers at 14/5 to cause an upset against West Ham on Sunday in the live lunchtime clash on BBC, but I fancy a replay at a generous 12/5 while West Ham, although clear favourites, are very short At 19/20.

Aston Villa vs Bournemouth

Aston Villa can be backed at 13/10 to beat high flying  Championship side Bournemouth in a clash which neither side wants a replay. Villa might feel less pressure in the cup than the league and I think they are decent value to reach 5th Round.

Brighton vs Arsenal

Despite beating Ipswich in midweek it is hard to see Brighton beating Arsenal but a replay at 3/1 is not so unlikely. Arsenal will win easily if they play like they did against Manchester City last week, but Brighton could point to other Arsenal performances like Southampton away to give them hope.

Rochdale vs Stoke

Rochdale are 4/1 for a big cup upset against Stoke on Monday. You can get 11/4 for a replay but Stoke at 4/6 will face a tough night at Spotland in a cup tie which I expect to be low scoring.

City, Spurs, Chelsea & Southampton all out, now would be a good time to back Arsenal to retain the cup especially with Ladbrokes offering a free £25 bet for new customers.

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