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Nic Ladds 15th Feb 2009 - 12:25

Cardiff can sink Arsenal like a Led-ley balloon

Cardiff travel to take on Arsenal with more than just a forlorn hope and look a decent price at 15/2 in the betting.

Arsenal are undefeated in 11 matches in all competitions but have drawn their last four games, three of which were 0-0 showing their lack of potency up front.

Cardiff meanwhile are on an unbeaten run of 13 and will know they have an excellent chance of stunning an Arsenal side who are ravaged by injuries and in serious danger of losing Champions League football unless their Premier League results improve.

It would take a brave man to steam into The Gunners at odds of 4/9 while the drawing experts are 3/1 to play out another stalemate which would result in extra time and penalties.

A repeat of the goalless draw last time out is available at 11/1 which looks big considering both sides recent track records.

A narrow 1-0 to Cardiff is also 11/1 while an Arsenal 1-0 victory can be backed at odds of 11/2 with 2-1 to The Gunners 13/2 and a 1-1 draw 6/1.

You get the feeling this will not be a goal fest making under two match goals at 12/5 look a fair bet.

With Emmanuel Adebayor injured and Arsene Wenger reluctant to risk any more of his stars the likes of Robin van Persie may not start meaning the 3/1 about him scoring first goal should be left alone.

Carlos Vela may well get a start alongside Eduardo who has come back from his horrendous injury and the pair are available at 5/1 and 4/1 respectively to score first with Nicklas Bendtner also 4/1.

For Cardiff, Ross McCormack and Jay Bothroyd will be hoping to make an impact on a young Arsenal defence and are 8/1 and 9/1 respectively to open the scoring.

The much sought-after Joe Ledley is Premier League class and The Gunners will know they have to watch for him and at 6/1 to score anytime he will appeal to many.

The draw/draw double result at odds of 6/1 makes some appeal, certainly more than Arsenal/Arsenal at 10/11 while a late Cardiff flourish would see draw/Cardiff at 16/1 look a real possibility.

Dave Jones knows how to survive in the FA Cup as he led Cardiff to the final of this very competition last season.

Wenger will be more concerned with the Premier League at the moment although silverware would be nice bonus for what is otherwise looking a poor season for The Gunners and if Arsenal do field a team of youngsters they may pay the price.

Cardiff are looking extremely solid and have a host of talented players who can hold their own against top-flight opposition.

Home advantage could be the factor which sees Arsenal through but at the prices Cardiff make much more appeal as a betting proposition and while it would be seen as an upset, Dave Jones will know the his side are more than capable repeating their FA Cup final appearance again this season.

Recommendation:
Cardiff - 15/2

Joe Ledley to score anytime - 6/1

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