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Rupert Wyman 29th Jan 2011 - 16:51

A Terriers' bark is far worse that its bite

Arsenal are fighting for trophies on four fronts and now they are in the final of the Carling Cup but they are finally one step closer to getting their hands on a trophy after years of frustration.

They face a Huddersfield side in the FA Cup that have similar values to the Gooners.  The Huddersfield manager Lee Clark likes his team to play an exciting attacking brand of football and he has regularly blooded the side with young talent.

One player who looked good enough to move up the leagues during the transfer window was Jordan Rhodes. However, he has been ruled out of action for eight months with an ankle ligament injury suffered in last week's goalless draw with Colchester.

Huddersfield's priority is not progession in the FA Cup. They are in with a shout of promotion to the Championship but they will still be up for a cup clash at the Emirates. Arsenal are 1/7 at home, the draw is 7/1 and the away win is 14/1.

There is no value in a 1/7 shot and although the upset seems impossible, Wenger will be rotating his squad. Arsenal have a tough league match on Tuesday against Everton and Huddersfield would love to take the Gunners back to the Galpharm Stadium for a money-spinning replay.

Although the Terriers failed to score against Colchester in their last league game they regularly find the back of the net.

They have scored twenty goals away from home in the league this season and they can take advantage of a second string Arsenal defence. Both teams to score is 11/10 and Huddersfield will take Arsenal on at their own game, stylish passing football.

A tempting punt is Arsenal to come from behind and win or draw at 11/2, Ipswich failed to take their chances midweek and Arsenal seem to being starting slow of late.  If you think that Arsenal will be level against Huddersfield at half time, there is 23/10 available.

The half time draw and full time Arsenal win is too short for me at 7/2 and there is also little value in the over and under total goals marketsOver 3.5 goals is 8/11 and I would not back that market at an odds-on price,  I believe that there will be plenty of goals but they will all be in the latter stages of the match.

Arsenal's fitness should be superior and you can get three or more Arsenal goals scored in the second half at 5/2. The best value is the 13/8 for the first goal to be after the thirty-first minute. Huddersfield have kept a clean sheet in their last two league games and can keep Arsenal at bay for a while.

The Arsenal win seems inevitable but it may be worth siding with the draw until half-time. Arsenal love to frustrate and for all their pretty football, there is often no end product.


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