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The Gunners take on the Sky Blues in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and Adam Bate is expecting goal action from Arsene Wenger's second string

Arsene Wenger continues his hunt for Arsenal’s first trophy since 2005 when they kick off their Capital One Cup campaign with a third round tie against Coventry on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners have made an encouraging start to life without Robin van Persie and are unbeaten so far this season after six matches.

With a huge clash against European champions Chelsea at the weekend, expect to see some youngsters line-up for Arsenal in this one.

But with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud, Andre Santos, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Theo Walcott having seen little game time in recent weeks, they could also feature.

Wenger will expect that to be more than enough to see off the Sky Blues and Arsenal can be backed at an industry-best price of 2/9 (1.22) with William Hill.

After the sacking of Andy Thorn, Mark Robins is the new manager at Coventry but the former Manchester United player lost his first game in charge at home to Carlisle at the weekend.

That made it five defeats in a row now in League One and eight without a win for the Midlands side. It is a poor showing from a team expected to compete for promotion back to the Championship.

It is no surprise, then, to see that Coventry are rank outsiders at 11/1 (12.00) with William Hill. The draw is available at 5/1 (6.00).

Despite scoring the first goal as many times as they have conceded it this season, if tempted by a Coventry long shot, back them to score first at 16/5 (4.20).

In the goalscorers market, there might also be value in a Coventry punt as Stephen Elliott is at 5/1 (6.00) with William Hill to score at any time.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international (pictured, left) joined from Hearts in the summer and has some pedigree having played in the Premier League for Manchester City and Sunderland and that could be considered value.

At the other end, Olivier Giroud will be hoping to break his Arsenal duck and is available at 1/2 (1.50) to get off the mark on Wednesday.

The expected inclusion of the likes of the France international is indicative of the depth Wenger now has at his disposal and ultimately it would be a major shock if Arsenal do not find their way through the Coventry defence – and often.

As a result, the pick of the bets in this one is to back goals and the price of 10/11 (1.91) for over 3.5 of them at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

BET
OF THE
DAY
BEST BET
VALUE BET
Over 3.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill
Stephen Elliott to score at 5/1 (6.00) with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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