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Nic Ladds 4th Mar 2009 - 14:30

Burnley will be brave but ultimately beaten

Burnley are 13/2 in the betting to once again dump Arsenal out of a cup having already taken the scalp of the Gunners in the Carling Cup this season.

Arsenal are rightly 4/9 favourites to gain revenge for the beating they suffered last time and you can be sure it will not be a host of 'kids' taking to the field this time round.

Arsene Wenger will know that the FA Cup is their best chance of silverware and although they still have a Champions League campaign to get stuck in to, it looks more realistic to hope for glory on the domestic front.

While Arsenal seem to have found their way to goal again, it is not likely they will drill a disciplined Burnley side who will be tough to break down.

A narrow score line of 1-0 at 11/2 or 2/0 at 9/2 looks about right with a 1-1 draw 6/1 and 0-0 a big looking 10/1.

If you fancy Burnley to pull off an upset it will more than likely be by a solitary goal making 1-0 at 11/1 or 2-1 at a massive 25/1 the most appealing.

It is likely that the returning Eduardo and Theo Walcott will both start on the bench but be given a run out at some point which would make Arsenal very dangerous in the later stages of the game.

The pair are 4/1 and 7/1 respectively to score the last goal. Robin van Persie will be looking to impress after being benched last game and he is 4/1 to bag the first goal with the in form Nicklas Bendtner 5/1 in the betting after his double against West Brom last time out.

Burnley have the ability to cause any side problems as they demonstrated against The Gunners last time and when they dismantled a Tottenham first team.

Both these were at Turf Moor however and it is a different story away from home. Martin Paterson is the chief goal threat at 9/1 to score first with Robbie Blake also 9/1 and Chris Eagles could pop up with a goal from the left wing at 6/1 to score anytime.

Due to the extra zip that Arsenal may acquire in the second half draw halftime/Arsenal full time could be the call at odds of 10/3 with Arsenal/Arsenal at even money and draw/draw 6/1 while a draw in the match betting is 16/5.

While Arsenal have been criticised recently for their poor run of form they still remain unbeaten in 16 games and if they'd turned some of those many draws into wins they may be challenging for the title instead of chasing the FA Cup.

Owen Coyle's side have the ability but you just can't see the away side causing an upset at the Emirates.

While it is a poor season by Wenger and Arsenal's high standards, they can go another step to restoring some kind of glory by advancing with relative ease to the quarterfinals.

Recommendation:
Arsenal to win 2-0 - 9/2
Nicklas Bendtner to score first - 5/1

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