After crashing out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion against Bayern Munich, Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back when they welcome Lincoln City to the Emirates Stadium for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final.
Under huge pressure after overseeing a 10-2 aggregate defeat against the German champions, Arsene Wenger is priced at 1/12 (1.08) with Betfair Sportsbook to keep his side’s chances of silverware alive with a victory.
That price is unlikely to tempt too many punters into backing the home side but Betfair are going 2/1 (3.0) for a maximum stake of £25 for new players. That potential of £75 in free bets is likely to be one of the most popular offers available this weekend. Winnings paid in free bets. T&C's apply.
The first non-league side to reach this stage of the competition in over a century, the Imps are hefty 33/1 (34.00) outsiders to extend their cup odyssey with their biggest giant-killing yet.
None of the last nine fixtures on this ground have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 12/1 (13.00) on this tie going to a replay after a stalemate here.
If ever there was any danger of the players feeling at all complacent about this game, the last few results should ensure that motivation is not a problem for the Gunners.
Including the two thrashings at the hands of Bayern, Wenger’s men have now lost five of their last seven matches, winning the other two by rather modest 2-0 scorelines against Hull and Sutton United.
However, the hosts should not expect to have life easy against Danny Cowley’s team, who will arrive in the capital full of confidence after a run of 10 games without defeat.
Having seen off Championship high-flyers Brighton and won away at Premier League Burnley’s fortress Turf Moor stadium in that run, the minnows are more than capable of making life difficult for the out-of-sorts home team.
With six clean sheets to their name and just five goals conceded in that 10-game stretch, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem like solid value on in-form Lincoln putting up a stern resistance and restricting Arsenal to three goals or less.