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Rupert Wyman 10th Jan 2011 - 22:10

Connor can be the Jewell in Ipswich's crown

Ipswich face Arsenal after being thumped by Chelsea 7-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend. They looked like a club in disarray at the weekend and the fans will be hoping that the appointment of Jewell as manager can steady a sinking ship.

They now face Arsenal in the other big domestic cup competition, if they play to the same standard they showed against Chelsea at the Bridge, the final could be out of reach before the second leg.

Ipswich will have home advantage for the first leg and they are 7/1 to win at home. The draw is 19/5 and the Arsenal win is priced at 4/11. Jewell may have arrived at Ipswich but the coach Ian McParland will stay in charge until after the game.

He will be hoping the appointment of Jewell can boost morale at a club perilously close to the relegation zone. Their home form has been average in the Championship and the players are short on confidence.

For Ipswich, although the fans will enjoy the excitement of the cup, it is also an unwelcome distraction. For Arsenal, the match is a way for Wenger to blood more youngsters. It is difficult to tip on goalscorer markets because of the lack of team news and only few first team players will start.

However, if the likes of Bendtner, Rosicky and Gibbs start, there may still be too much quality at Arsenal for Ipswich. I expect there to be goals and Arsenal play exciting attacking football. In the total match goals over/under markets, over 3.5 goals is 6/4 and there could be plenty.

Ipswich regularly concede at home and although it is not the best silverware on offer for Arsenal this season, it is almost six years since Arsenal won the FA Cup. I cannot see past an Arsenal victory at Portman Road but there is no value in the 4/11.

The Arsenal/Arsenal double result is 5/6 and if Arsenal score an early goal, they could put at least five or six past Ipswich.  Ipswich's best chance of getting a goal could come from Jason Scotland, he looked poor in the Premier League but he has found his level.

He is strong on the ball and he is 7/2 to score anytime. Another player who may be looking to impress Wenger is the young Connor Wickham.  He is being chased by all the top teams in England and Wenger has been linked with a summer swoop for the wonder kid. He is 5/1 to score anytime and he is sure to play a part in the game.

If you fancy an upset in the cup, you can get on Ipswich and the draw in the double chance market at 21/10. Ipswich should be up for the game and will be embarrassed by their defeat at Chelsea. With the players wanting to impress their new manager, they could scrape a draw before they head to the Emirates.



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