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Nic Ladds 24th Jan 2009 - 13:19

Nasri can shoot down The Bluebirds

Cardiff could not be in better form coming into this game and odds of 9/2 about an upset looks a fair price.

Dave Jones brings his team here on the back of a ten match unbeaten run which has seen them win their last four at home without conceding a goal.

Arsenal will provide sterner opposition than some of their Championship rivals however and The Gunners are 4/6 to cruise through to the next round with the draw available at 5/2.

Arsene Wenger will be aware that the FA Cup is his best chance of silverware this season so expect a strong side to be put out.

The Gunners also come into the game with a decent record as they are unbeaten in seven and have won their last four.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie are both world class on their day and are likely to give the Cardiff defence a busy afternoon and both are 4/1 in the betting to bag the first goal.

Samir Nasri scores his fair share from midfield and looks a great bet at 11/4 to score anytime or is even tempting at odds of 8/1 to score first.

All eyes will be on Aaron Ramsey as he returns his old club and is reportedly likely to start although doesn't look the best bet at 7/2 to haunt his old club and score during the game.

Joe Ledley has been in scoring form recently having scored in his last two games and you can get odds of 14/1 about the midfielder scoring first with 11/2 to score anytime.

If you think the The Bluebirds strikers carry the biggest threat to Arsenal's chances then Ross McCormack and Jay Bothroyd are 8/1 and 9/1 respectively to score the first goal.

Arsenal half time/Arsenal full time is predictably short at 13/10 and as Cardiff have made Ninian Park such a fortress draw half time/Arsenal full time may be a better option at odds of 3/1.

The Bluebirds are unlikely to receive a real beating making score lines like 1-0 to Arsenal at 5/1 or 2-1 at 13/2 look plausible.

If you fancy Cardiff to nick it then 1-0 to the Welsh side at 10/1 is a handsome price with 2-0 at a massive 40/1.

A replay will not benefit either side but for those fancying the draw then 1-1 at 6/1 could be the shout or no goal scorer can be backed at 10/1.

The possible low scoring game also makes under two match goals at 13/5 look appealing with over two goals at 8/11.

This should be an interesting affair with Cardiff going great guns in the Championship and Arsenal starting to build a good run of their own.

It is perhaps significant that The Gunners have never been knocked out of the competition by a lower-league club under Wenger and while Cardiff will put up a good fight at the hostile Ninian Park, Arsenal should be able to make their class tell.

Samir Nasri to score first - 8/1
Draw half time/Arsenal full time - 3/1

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