Wenger to dine out on Amber & Claret misery- Betting Preview
A three match unbeaten run has seen Bradford City climb the League 2 ladder, and 4th position, in which they currently find themselves, would represent a play-off spot come May, but before looking ahead that far, the Bantams face one of the biggest matches in the club's recent history as they host Arsenal at Valley Parade in a Capital One Cup Quarter Final that could see them reach a semi final of a major domestic trophy for the first time in over a century.
Of course, before any records can be broken, they must negotiate an Arsenal team, that whilst changed from their Premier League clash at home to West Brom on Saturday, is likely to feature a host of first team players, as Arsene Wenger will no doubt be looking to earn some silverware for the first time in eight years, the club's longest dry spell in over three decades.
The home side can expect one of the most raucous and boisterous atmospheres in recent memory to greet them at Valley Parade, and Phil Parkinson can be confident that his side can cause the upset that so many football fans would love to see. The potential for that upset is boosted somewhat by the return of former West Ham prospect Zavon Hines, whose chequered injury status has seen the first half of his season flounder, yet may well find himself flung into the deep end by Parkinson, and is 7/2 to score anytime.
Of course, if the Bantams are to seek victory in the quarter-final clash, they may have to rely on the prolific striker Nakhi Wells, who has already bagged himself 14 goals in an impressive season. The young Bermudian international has really made an impression upon the Yorkshire club since his arrival last season, and after signing a three-year contract earlier this year, has been hotly tipped to climb the leagues in years to come. Averaging a goal in every other game this season, he is 9/1 to grab a brace here, and has seen his price enhance to score in a Bradford City win to 20/1 (from 8/1).
Although a full squad is expected to travel to Yorkshire for this Tuesday night clash, Arsenal will be without Bacary Sagna, whose ankle injury is due to keep him out for a couple of weeks. The team's recent dip in form was somewhat overturned by a somewhat dubious pair of penalty decisions awarded to them this past weekend in a 2-0 home win, and they will be out to ensure they avoid any embarrassment here. The League Final defeat to Birmingham in 2010 has been reflected upon by Wenger previously as one of his lowest points as Arsenal manager, yet a return to Wembley wouldn't go amiss for the North Londoners.
It hasn't been the most memorable season for Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh, whose two and a half year Arsenal career has faltered regularly. His only contribution in terms of goals this season came against Reading in the previous round of this tournament as he helped his team earn a dramatic 7-5 victory at the Madejski Stadium. The form he showed there should be relatively easy to replicate against lesser opposition, and as such, William Hill have enhanced his price to score in an Arsenal win to 7/4 (from 6/5).
Best Bet: Arsenal -1: 19/20