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David Thompson 7th Feb 2012 - 13:41

Gunners await 'Main' man of the FA Cup Replay


Middlesbrough v Sunderland

FA Cup Fourth Round Replay

19:45 - live on ITV1

Match betting: Middlesbrough 3/1 Draw 9/4 Sunderland EVS

After returning from an 18 month lay-off ex-Manchester United prospect Fraizer Campbell made a goalscoring return for the Black Cats. It was yet another bit of good news for Sunderland fans who've been flying high ever since the appointment of ex-Villa manager Martin O'Neill. Sunderland have picked up 22 points in their last ten Premier League games and the in-form side have risen to eighth place in the table.

Fraizer Campbell was rested in Sunderland's weekend 1-0 victory over Stoke and looks likely to feature in the fourth round replay at the Riverside. William Hill's Match Winner offer therefore is centered on the young striker. Can he find the net again and inspire a win for the Black Cats within 90 minutes for a Match Winner return of 3/1, enhanced from 2/1?

Whilst all seems rosy at the Stadium of Light, things have not be running as smoothly for The Teesiders. Although still occupying a Championship playoff position, Tony Mowbray's side have only managed one victory since Boxing Day, which was a win against Shrewsbury in third round of the FA Cup. Injuries have been a problem; the injury to Emnes against Palace is just the latest in a catalogue of misery for Mowbray. Midfielder Nicky Bailey (knee), striker Scott McDonald (knee) and Stadium of Light goalscorer Barry Robson (hand) all missed the draw with Palace and face lengthy lay-offs. Faris Haroun joined them on the sidelines when he hobbled off just seven minutes at the Riverside with a hamstring strain.

The injuries have presented Mowbray with a dilemma over 19-year-old forward Curtis Main. The former Darlington man, played for 40 minutes in the Crystal Palace stalemate at the weekend and looks like the only option to lead the line for Boro on Wednesday night. He is a highly rated youngster and could be worth a look at 10/1 to score the first and 7/2 about anytime scorer.

The one thing in Mowbray's favour come Wednesday night will be the added incentive of the televised game. Middlesbrough have been hidden away from the public eye for some time now and victory over Martin O'Neill's side would earn the Teesiders a televised home game against Arsenal. Cash-flow has been an issue of late at the Riverside and players will be made aware that a decent cup run could help the club secure a few decent loan signings in this crucial period between now and the end of the season.

Despite the huge incentive this one has an away win written all over it. Evens are available for the 90 minute market and the Black Cats are as short as 8/15 to qualify. Stephane Sessegnon looks the most likely to get his name on the scoresheet if not Fraizer Campbell. He can be back at 5/1 about first and 5/4 anytime.

Expect Martin O'Neill to want to suffocate any hope in the Boro team and want to kill off the game early to keep a lid on the home support. I recommend the 17/10 available on Sunderland to win the first half and the 12/5 about over 1.5 goals in the first 45 minutes.



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