Arsenal on course to end trophy drought
Arsenal haven't won a trophy since 2005 and they will see the Carling Cup as a perfect opportunity to end their drought. They will have to overturn a first leg deficit against Ipswich on Tuesday night if they're to reach the final.
Not many punters think that will be a problem for The Gunners though, they are 1/5 to get past The Tractor Boys (1/7 on the 90 minutes market) and just 8/15 to triumph in the Wembley final in February. With either Birmingham or West Ham the final opponents you can understand why the odds are so short.
Paul Jewell's Ipswich side are 14/1 to win at The Emirates, whilst the draw which would suit the visitors is 7/1.
Arsenal's recent form has been impressive in both league and cup, scoring three goals in each of their last three matches including a 3-0 triumph over Wigan on Saturday in which Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick. It's 10/1 that he follows that up with another treble against The Tractor Boys. It's 11/2 for another 3-0 scoreline.
If you fancy Arsenal go one better in this match and score at least four goals you can take advantage of our enhanced 'Match Winner' special price of 5/2. That looks a great bet given their vast attacking options.
Arsenal find themselves 1-0 down in the tie following a deserved win for The Tractor Boys at Portman Road two weeks ago. Tamas Priskin was the hero on that night scoring the only goal. He is 11/1 to score first again and it's a massive 285/1 that he scores the only goal of the game again.
That was the first game since Roy Keane's sacking and Paul Jewell has since taken the reigns looking to turn around the club's fortunes.
Jewell's reign in the Championship got off to a losing start but they bounced back with a 3-2 victory over Doncaster on Saturday.
Paul Jewell has faced Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final before when he was the boss at Wigan Athletic. Wigan took a 1-0 first leg lead to Highbury in 2006 and a late Jason Roberts goal in a 2-1 defeat sent The Latics to the Cardiff final on away goals. Jewell will be hoping for more of the same this time around.
Ipswich have failed to win a trophy since Bobby Robson led them to UEFA Cup glory back in 1981, they are 12/1 to end that run with a Carling Cup triumph. Their last domestic success was an FA Cup victory over Arsenal at Wembley in 1978. It's a massive 40/1 that Ipswich can repeat the scoreline from that famous win.
One hope for Ipswich is that Arsenal rest a number of players due to the heavy January schedule. Arsene Wenger has already stated he will be forced to rest players and that could give the visitors some hope that the fringe players will not be as threatening as the big guns.
However with Arsene Wenger under pressure to land a trophy it's difficult to see anything other than an Arsenal win and I would recommend our Match Winner bet of The Gunners to score four or more at an enhanced price of 5/2.
In our timecast market you can back Arsenal to have scored the first goal up to and including the 30th minute at 8/13 which looks a very good price. Nicklas Bendtner is likely to start and he has looked on good form recently, I would back him to score first at 11/4.