Betting Guide: Stoke v Arsenal

Last updated : 23 January 2010 By Dan Buxton

Stoke go into this cup clash on the back of a change in fortunes as they look to make it four games unbeaten. Arsenal are flying, sitting three points off the top in the Premier League and still in the Champions League.

The Potters are, as expectedly, majorly outsiders for the game and are available a massive 4/1 with PaddyPower, Stan James, Bet365 and SkyBet. Arsenal, who will more than likely be fielding a weakened side, can be backed at 4/5 with Boylesport.The draw is 5/2 with PaddyPower, Coral, BlueSQ, Bet365 and SkyBet.

Stoke will be hoping to grab a big name scalp and 1-0 is available at 12's with SkyBet. The Potters biggest win this season against league opposition was a 2-0 opening day win over Burnley, PaddyPower offer 33's that the Potters repeat that. The Potters have been conceding goals quite often lately so a clean sheet may not be coming and BlueSQ offer 18/1 on a 2-1 Stoke win.

Arsenal are playing their usual free flowing football and they overcame West Ham in the last round, winning 2-1. That scoreline is 13/2 with Coral and BlueSQ. The last time the Gunners won at Stoke was an FA Cup tie in 1990, by one goal to nil, and StanJames, BetFred, Bet365 and Coral offer 6's on a repeat of that. Both sides will want to settle it on the night and a high scoring draw may well be on the cards, 3-3 is a huge 100/1 with SportingBet.

City will be hoping that the recent positive performance against York and Fulham can be repeated and both Ricardo Fuller, who opened the scoring against Arsenal last season, at 9's with SkyBet to open the scoring, and Matthew Etherington, 20's with Bet365 to net first, will be hoping to carry on their goalscoring form. Robert Huth scored the vital goal against Liverpool and is 28/1 with Bet365 to break the deadlock.

Nicklas Bendter is oe the mend and could be put back into action in this game and is 9/2 across the board to open the scoring whilst Welsh Wizard Aaron Ramsey is at 11's with Bet365 to net first. Sol Campbell is set for second Arsenal debut and is 33/1 with all bookmakers.